Remember when we were all surprised that Martin Gelinas turned down Milwaukee’s head coaching gig so quickly?
If you don’t here’s the quote from a prior Ryan Miller post entitled “The Aftermath“:
I (aka Ryan) asked Fenton (Preds assistant G.M. Paul Fenton) if he knows if Marty (Martin Gelinas) has any interest in changing career paths.
“He doesn’t. No, I’ve already spoken with Marty. He has no interest in it.”
Come to find out the former Calgary Flames forward had another plan in place the whole time. Though that may or may not be the case, yesterday Gelinas chose to leave the Nashville Predators organization altogether.
The current/now former director of player development for Nashville, and former interim Admirals assistant coach is moving back to Calgary, joining coach Bob Hartley’s new staff in the land of the stampede.
In a Canadian Press article Gelinas expressed that it was difficult choice.
“When this came about and I had this opportunity, it was a tough decision because I’m leaving a franchise where in Nashville I was treated very well where David Poile (Predators GM) is a great man and treated me like family,” Gelinas said. “(But) after the 2004 run, it was a dream of mine to come back and work for this organization. Calgary’s home for me. It’s always been since I left.”
So Gelinas and Herbers are headed back home to Alberta. The question now is who will make their new home in Milwaukee?
Sounds like Fenton is narrowing in on his choice according to Dave Boehler of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Josh Cooper of the Tennessean goes a step further and says the Predators are ‘close’ to having a new Milwaukee head man in place.
“I’m very close to hiring a coach, it may not be this week, but it’s certainly in the works,” Fenton told Cooper. “It has been a great process I’ve had some tremendous candidates this year. I hope I don’t have to do it again next year.”
Fenton also added:
“The person I have in mind is going to be a very, very good coach for us.”
So Roundtable . . . What are your feelings on the departure of Martin Gelinas from the Predators organization?