One of the biggest fears of Stars fans is that the uncertainty surrounding the ownership situation will cause this summer to be a wasted one. If Tom Gaglardi’s bid to buy the team takes too long or is somehow derailed, then the ability of the Stars to negotiate with free agent Brad Richards or with other free agents who could fill openings will certainly be affected.And, even now, the amount of patience that GM Joe Nieuwendyk and the front office is showing in the search for a new coach seems maddening at times. There are only four teams remaining in the playoffs, there are worthy candidates out there, so let’s get this thing moving, right?Yet, we must wait as Nieuwendyk walks the tightrope between waiting for a new owner and getting a new coach.One thing that’s helpful is the fact that the four other teams who are seeking new head coaches also seem to be moving slowly. There’s no real news out of Minnesota, Florida, Ottawa or New Jersey about a short list or looming interviews. There seems to be a willingness to wait for all hockey (both the NHL and AHL playoffs) to end and make sure all candidates are available.So that does allow at least a little less stress for fans (and management).I’ll toss out another idea that could allow for a little less stress. Does anybody else think the Stars might have the best coaching job available right now?That might seem strange with the ownership situation, the tight budget and the waning fan base, but I think if you look closer, the upside of this organization is as good or better than any of the other four.If you want to win right now, maybe New Jersey ranks first. The Devils had a great second half to the season, they have solid ownership and appear to ready to spend to the cap. And they have a few dynamic superstars in Martin Brodeur, Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise. The problem is that Brodeur is 39, and you are tied to Kovalchuk for 14 more years. That would seem to create some coaching challenges.Mix in the fact that GM/President Lou Lamoriello goes through coaches like tic tacs, and you have a less than ideal situation. So what happens if Brodeur finally does break down? Where is the five-year coaching plan there?Minnesota is a great place to coach with great fans, but you do wonder if the Wild have painted themselves into a corner with their current contracts. Minnesota has 20 players under contract for next season at about $52 million and appears to lack skilled prospects. Hockey’s Future ranks them 26th in prospect depth. That means a coach almost has to use a defensive system there, which is not exactly what GM Cliff Fletcher was hoping to build.It seems from the outside, the ability to turn the Wild around quickly could be more difficult than turning the Stars around.Florida also is a long-term project. The Panthers have a solid young roster and are ranked fourth by Hockey’s Future in prospects. They also are a bit of a blank canvas, as they have $17 million committed to 10 players for next season, so young can put your imprint on that team as a coach. That said, they also will probably be in the bottom five in spending and are struggling to build their fan base.Ottawa seems the most intriguing destination. The Senators have a hungry Canadian fan base, meaning you could be king if you succeed there. They have a legitimate superstar in Jason Spezza, and some solid support players in Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips.The Senators have about $43 million committed to 15 players for next season, and appear to have a good group of prospects (especially defensemen), so there is the ability to make this team win quickly.The only real concern might be that GM Bryan Murray has been struggling for years to get this team to win, and an organization often gets its personality from its GM. A veteran coach like Ken Hitchcock might be able to push through that, but a young coach would have his hands full. Plus, if the GM that hired you gets fired, well, that would seem to be a concern.That leaves the Stars.They have their own problems with a lack of depth on defense and a fan base that’s not near as strong as that in Minnesota or Ottawa (and thus might not be able to fund a cap-level payroll even with a new owner). That said, they have about $38 million committed to 17 players for next season, and they have some credible prospects in Scott Glennie, Philip Larsen, Matt Fraser and Brenden Dillon (although Hockey’s Future ranks them 28th overall as an organization).I think that’s low, because I think some of these players are ready to help right now. The team appears to have the choice between going even younger or using whatever financial wiggle room a new owner might bring to sign free agents or swing a trade for a big-name player that might carry a little salary with him.The Stars have several 20-something players who appear to be trending up, including Alex Goligski, Loui Eriksson, Jamie Benn, Nicklas Grossman, Mark Fistric and Kari Lehtonen (quite possibly more talent than any of the other four teams on the current NHL roster when you add Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro, Steve Ott and Stephane Robidas). And they have a solid GM in Joe Nieuwendyk, who should be given some flexibility with new ownership.So while we can argue the merits of each team, I do believe Dallas would be near the top of the list for coaches who are seeking employment _ and that could allow the Stars to possibly get a coach or two to wait out the process. That’s a tricky proposition with only so many head coaching jobs available, but I do think Nieuwendyk might have a little wiggle room as he juggles the coach search and the wait for a new owner.Or…maybe I’m wrong.What say you?