As you may have read, we’re expecting an announcement on the new Admirals Head Coach sometime in the next week or so. Everyone is doing a nice job in keeping the name of the individual from being leaked. And after that mess in Alberta with the GM flat out lying to the media…..I’m certainly okay with ‘no comment’ as the answer for now.
But a few other teams made some hires this week. So you can take them off of your short list for the Milwaukee coach.
We’ll be seeing former Milwaukee coach Dave Allison about 12 times next season, as he will be taking the helm for the Peoria Rivermen. This after the Blues declined to exercise the option on Jared Bednar’s contract. Check out the Rivermen Blog for some commentary there…. But judging from the quotes from the players, this was a pretty surprising move.
And it begs the question: Why is Dave Allison the answer? He hasn’t been coaching since the 07-08 season, when he led the Iowa Stars to a masterful 35-37-8 record, and out of the playoffs. Not just out of the playoffs…dead last in the division. But he did have something going for him — a previous working relationship with the GM of the Blues.
The Texas Stars named Willie Desjardins as their new head coach. He has spent the majority of his coaching career in the WHL, where he was in charge of the Medicine Hat Tigers for eight seasons, before spending the last two as an associate coach for the Dallas Stars. Hmmmm….an assistant at the NHL level going down to the AHL level to run a pro team there….where have we seen that career path before…. (check out the 100 Degree Hockey blog’s commentary here….they dig the hire)
And Sylvain Lefebvre was named the new head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs. After serving as an assistant for the Lake Erie Monsters and Colorado Avalanche over the last five seasons, this will be his first head coaching gig. Hmmmm….long playing career….assistant at the NHL level going down to the AHL level to run a pro team there….where have we seen that career path before….
Will the Admirals coach come from the same background? We’ll see.
Oh, and the Wolves need a new coach after Craig MacTavish spurned the Vancouver organ-eye-zation to go work for the Oilers. Bummer, right?