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Todd Nelson Could Be A Coaching Option For The Carolina Hurricanes

Jared Clinton of The Hockey News lists Grand Rapids coach Todd Nelson as a possible candidate for the head coaching job for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Todd Nelson
Current: Coach, Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Past NHL Experience: Interim coach, Edmonton Oilers; assistant coach, Atlanta Thrashers

Nelson gives the Hurricanes another potential option out of the AHL, but the difference here is that he has experience behind an NHL bench. It’s not much, mind you, but it’s something. For two seasons, from 2008 to 2010, Nelson was an assistant with the Thrashers, and after some excellent work with the Oilers’ farm team, he earned a chance to coach Edmonton on an interim basis. It was only 46 games, but that’s 46 games more than Keefe or Brind’Amour. Nelson has really turned some heads in recent years, too, coaching the Griffins to the 2016-17 Calder Cup. Here’s the catch, though: will Detroit let Nelson interview for the gig? The past two seasons have been dreadful under coach Jeff Blashill, and if the coming campaign isn’t much better, Nelson might be next in line for the Detroit job.

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Paul's avatar

I’m getting kind of lonely here at A2Y, someone say something!

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/22/18 at 02:12 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I mean if the Canes want Nelson, go for it.

The Canes wanting him quite honestly would mean DET really shouldn’t.

Posted by Primis on 04/22/18 at 02:34 PM ET

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The Canes wanting him quite honestly would mean DET really shouldn’t.

Uh, yeah. Ok.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/22/18 at 02:35 PM ET

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I’d prefer we promote him to assistant, or hang on to him in the AHL. We need to stop teams from picking at our carcass. Enough of the talent drain from this organization, we don’t have talent to spare anymore.

Posted by RussianRocket10 on 04/22/18 at 02:48 PM ET

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Carolina native here. No established NHL coaches going to touch Carolina with a ten-foot pole. This new owner is either psychotic or genius time will tell. Over here in Raleigh we’re all terrified he’s going to move it to Houston

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 04/22/18 at 02:59 PM ET

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Carolina native here. No established NHL coaches going to touch Carolina with a ten-foot pole. This new owner is either psychotic or genius time will tell. Over here in Raleigh we’re all terrified he’s going to move it to Houston

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 04/22/18 at 02:59 PM ET

he seems to have more than a touch of dunning-kruger

good luck

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 04/22/18 at 06:53 PM ET

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I’m getting kind of lonely here at A2Y

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/22/18 at 02:12 PM ET

Try being an LCA usher in the 3rd period in March.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 04/23/18 at 09:26 AM ET

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