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A Coaching Announcement Over The Holiday Weekend?

06/30/2022 at 7:07am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

He appears to still be contemplating who the next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings should be, nearly nine weeks after the position opened. Connect the dots and they draw a picture of either Derek Lalonde or Jeff Halpern, assistant coaches with the Tampa Bay Lightning who became available for interviews Monday, the day after the Lightning lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Colorado Avalanche. Lalonde and Halpern both have been assistants since 2018-19, Yzerman's last year as GM of the Lightning....

Conventional practice is to make the announcement and then hold a news conference. A new coach certainly could be introduced virtually; the pandemic has facilitated that, but given what a big deal it is, it's likely the Wings will want to have the event in person at Little Caesars Arena. The upcoming holiday weekend isn't likely to deter Yzerman's decision....

There's no rush to make a decision, but after this weekend, the business of running an NHL team cranks up: There's the draft, followed by development camp, and then free agency begins July 13.

Yzerman has been searching for a new coach since April 30, when he informed Jeff Blashill his contract would not be renewed. There has been a cornucopia of candidates, but several have been snapped up by other teams: The Vegas Golden Knights hired Bruce Cassidy, the Dallas Stars hired Peter DeBoer, the Florida Panthers hired Paul Maurice, and the Chicago Blackhawks hired Luke Richardson. That leaves the Wings, Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets with vacancies.

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