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Toledo Blade’s Monroe: Derek Lalonde leaves Walleye to coach Iowa Wild

Sad news for Toledo Walleye fans from the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

Update: Here's Monroe in text form:

Toledo Walleye coach Derek Lalonde will become the next head coach of the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, The Blade has learned.

The announcement is expected to be made early next week, according to a source.

Lalonde has led Toledo to a 97-35-12 record in his two seasons as head coach. He guided the Walleye to back-to-back ECHL Eastern Conference and North Division regular-season championships.

Lalonde, 43, became a hot coaching commodity last summer after he was named ECHL coach of the year. In his first season with the Walleye, Lalonde led Toledo to a 50-15-7 record and the Brabham Cup as the regular-season champions.

Lalonde then led the Walleye to a second consecutive playoff berth and a 47-20-5 record this past season.

Lalonde, a native of Brasher Falls, N.Y., will move up to the AHL with the team based in Des Moines.

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Dang, not surprised at all but good for him. When Blash was promoted I wasn’t sure where he would end up.

Posted by VFUSION on 06/18/16 at 07:56 PM ET

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Thank you, Derek, for making it fun for the Toledo fans.  Sad to see you go, but happy you’re in the AHL.  Wishing you all the best, except against the Griffins, then I hope you suck balls.

Posted by SYF from fishing with Vicky Stark on 06/19/16 at 12:48 AM ET

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And now as a fan of a divisional rival, I’ll be very curious to see who Toledo hires next.

Posted by Primis on 06/19/16 at 06:23 PM ET

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