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Coaches Still Available

from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Ryan Warsofsky

Young and successful, the 34-year-old bench boss for the Chicago Wolves is currently in the Calder Cup Final. The head coach of Carolina’s AHL affiliate could very well be a hot commodity once the Wolves are either champions or runners-up. With the Wolves up 3-1 in the series, he may very well be fielding interview requests.

Any information on whether he’ll be approached or interested is on hold until he’s available.  He’s been successful at every level of coaching, which includes time in the ECHL with South Carolina....

Derek Lalonde & Jeff Halpern

Still in a holding pattern because of the Stanley Cup Final, it certainly feels as if Yzerman is waiting to interview the pair of Lightning assistant coaches.

Lalonde was already popping up in previous iterations of the DHN updates but now Friedman is adding another name: Jeff Halpern. Freidman seems to think both Lalonde and Halpern are the logical picks for Detroit but cautions it by saying: “Until Steve Yzerman closes the book, don’t close the book.”

Either Tampa Bay assistant wouldn’t be surprising as both have ties to Yzerman’s previous organization. Halpern started cutting his teeth shortly after his playing days ended as an assistant with the Syracuse Crunch, the Bolts’ AHL affiliate....

Marc Savard

Savard is currently the bench boss for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires and got them to the OHL Final in just his first season. Savard was an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues during the 2019-20 campaign. Stepping away in September 2020, Savard then was hired by Windsor in August 2021. Update: Savard recently tweeted this out following a Windsor victory:

more on the first two groups of coaches plus other names...

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It sure feels like Lalonde. Is he in charge of defense in Tampa?

Posted by VPalmer on 06/25/22 at 01:08 PM ET

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Posted by VPalmer on 06/25/22 at 01:08 PM ET

My sleuthing found that he does indeed coach the defense.

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/25/22 at 06:06 PM ET

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And its a very good question VP; I asked this of someone in a facebook group, what they actually know about the guy. The answer reminded me of what a lot of articles have said: Yzerman hired/promoted him, he’s been an assistant in TB and won 2 cups, so he must be great!

For example, this:

https://www.bleachernation.com/blackhawks/2022/05/31/how-about-derek-lalonde-as-a-blackhawks-head-coach-candidate/

He is currently an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning; he has been on Jon Cooper’s staff since 2018. If there’s an NHL organization that has built a winning culture, it’s the Lightning. Their back-to-back Stanley Cup championships are plenty of evidence, but their run this postseason is also impressive; they just swept the Florida Panthers without Brayden Point.

If you wan up-tempo, Tampa plays it. If you want a defensive commitment, Tampa does it. If you want winning, Tampa has done that plenty.

And Lalonde has been a key member of Cooper’s staff as they have built the Bolts into a potential dynasty.

Yzerman knows more than that and recognizes the situation in TB is vastly different than in Detroit. So I wouldnt question Yzerman’s decision…but I do question articles like that. O.o

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/25/22 at 08:06 PM ET

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Good sleuthing:)

Posted by VPalmer on 06/25/22 at 09:14 PM ET

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Yzerman knows more than that and recognizes the situation in TB is vastly different than in Detroit. So I wouldnt question Yzerman’s decision…but I do question articles like that. O.o

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/25/22 at 08:06 PM ET

Wait.  are we sure he was an Yzerman hire?  Wasn’t 2018 the year Yzerman stepped down as GM and moved up to a Senior Executive position within TBL and promoted Brisebois to GM?

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/26/22 at 01:49 PM ET

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Homers, you’re a godsend.  Thanks.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/26/22 at 05:30 PM ET

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