So, there’s been no puff of smoke to signal Dave Tippett’s coaching coronation yet.It doesn’t mean the former Arizona and Dallas head coach isn’t coming here, but GM Ken Holland, who met with Tippett Thursday in Vancouver, doesn’t have his name on a contract yet. And it’s not like Tippett is the only candidate he’s interviewed face-to face — Oilers assistant Glen Gulutzan and New York Islanders Lane Lambert may also have had one. Holland, who flew back to his home in Detroit for the Memorial Day weekend in the U.S., said a few days ago that if he didn’t have a coach by this Friday, he was putting it off until the week of June 3-7. He said would be in Buffalo at the NHL Combine interviewing possible draft picks with the Oilers picking eighth, and wanted to focus solely on that.Perhaps Tippett, who currently works for the Seattle expansion team as an advisor, is looking for the same ballpark $4 million for three years that Ralph Krueger reportedly got in Buffalo. But whether the Oilers want to go longer than that — Holland has a five-year deal — or for the same Krueger dough is up in the air.Holland likes Tippett, who’s coached 1,134 NHL games, but he also knows that he holds the upper-hand because Tippett wants to get back into the coaching swirl. Plus, his owner Daryl Katz has to pay ex-GM Peter Chiarelli not to manage his team for one more year.Holland, who never really had a full-out job search for a head coach in his time as Red Wings GM, says he’s talked to lots of people, some on the phone. So, Tippett isn’t the only candidate — ex LA coach John Stevens and former Philadelphia interim coach Scott Gordon may also have been interviewed, but they don’t have Tippett’s experience as head man. If Tippett, 57, gets the Oilers job, there’s a very good chance he might look to hiring an assistant coach he knows in the 45-year-old range who’s not far removed from playing as a bridge to the younger players.Ray Whitney’s name leaps to mind. The former Oilers stick boy played two years for Tippett in Arizona, he was sounded out about an assistant job with Rod Brind’Amour in Carolina but it didn’t come off. Tippett also asked Whitney about taking a spot on his Arizona staff when Newell Brown left for Vancouver Canucks two years ago but the timing was right.Whitney played until he was 42. He just turned 47. He could run the power play.Whitney, currently working in the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, thinks a Tippett hire here would do the trick. He may be biased because he played for him, of course.“He coaches a structured game from the back-end out,” said Whitney, who scoffed at the idea Tippett might stifle Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. “He’ll put in a system like Barry Trotz did in Long Island. They lost their best player (John Tavares) and look how they did this past year. They swept Pittsburgh. “Heck, I got 77 points playing for Tip (best year statistically). Connor will still get his 100. It could be a 2-1 game and Connor and Leon can break it open 3-1 or 4-1 when the other team’s pressing. They’ll get their points.“If Tippett were to go to Edmonton he might go to Leon and say we appreciate the 50 goals but would you take 40 if we made the playoffs every year and he could go to Connor and say we appreciate the 100 points but if you got 85 and we made the playoffs every year are you OK with that?”Whitney thinks Tippett got bored after leaving the Coyotes, which is why he jumped into the Seattle front-man role. “Tip’s doing who’s doing in Seattle to stay in the game. He’s a doer. He gets antsy,” said Whitney.ON THE BENCH: Gulutzan, Trent Yawney, Manny Viveiros and goalie instructor Dustin Schwartz are twisting in the wind, not sure where they stand after working for Todd McLellan, then Ken Hitchcock as their assistant coaches. General feeling is Yawney could join McLellan in Los Angeles … Interestingly, Tippett went to Dallas in 2002 after Hitchcock was their bench boss. Hitchcock, who’ll be working as an advisor this upcoming season, recommended Tippett to Holland to kick off his coach-search … One other name to consider as an assistant coach if Tippett’s hired: ex-Philly coach Dave Hakstol. They both went to University of North Dakota and are friends. Hakstol was a defenceman at UND.