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Yesterday’s 32 Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- I made a point to ask about any particular Europeans who might get traction. Rikard Gronborg’s name has been around for a few years. One other name I heard was Dan Tangnes, a Norwegian who just coached Zug in the Swiss league to its second consecutive championship. It’s hard to say if they are being considered for head-coaching jobs or associate roles, but it’s clear some teams are trying to broaden their horizons. Swedish World Junior coach Tomas Monten probably isn’t in line for an NHL head spot, but could end up part of a staff or in the CHL.

- We should get some clarity on Dallas in the next few days. After an incredible 2,500 games behind the bench in one role or another, 67-year-old Rick Bowness has to decide about his future. GM Jim Nill (64) has another year on his contract, and how does he feel? Internally, the Stars are looking at the way they process things. Nill loves experience, thinks it makes such a difference in the post-season. But he’s certainly built a foundation for the future with Miro Heiskanen, Roope Hintz, first-round MVP Jake Oettinger and Jason Robertson.

- Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck told the Jets he was happy to stay with the team as long as the plan is not to rebuild. Mark Scheifele did not ask for a trade in his meeting with GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. Still unsure what will happen there, but it could depend on Pierre-Luc Dubois’ next contract.

- By starting the playoffs on a Monday, the NHL created a situation where Games 7 could be played on a Saturday and Sunday. That was a big success. Does it become permanent?

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