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Will be glad to get Rasmussen back. Along with the other personnel moves, after his injury the Wings were 7-12-1.
Who would have thought that Ras would be such a key player
Yes along with a grudging admiration for Boston, behind Montreal historically the second best winning percentage, and Montreal’s is overwhelmingly due only to Original Six days, I was impressed looking at Carolina. Brind’Amour became Head Coach for the 2019 season and they went to 99 points from 83.
In the past ten years the three “bad years” for Boston averaged 95 points. A good core of players.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Derek Lalonde (Brasher Falls, N.Y./Detroit Red Wings), Scott Gordon (Easton, Mass./San Jose Sharks) and Ryan Warsofsky (North Marshfield, Mass./San Jose Sharks) have been named assistant coaches, Thomas Speer (Janesville, Wis./San Jose Sharks) goaltending coach and Mike King (Center Conway, N.H./Ottawa Senators) and Nick Gialdini (San Jose, Calif./San Jose Sharks) video coaches for the 2023 U.S. Men’s National Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.
Team USA will compete in the 2023 IIHF Men’s World Championship May 12-28 in Tampere, Finland, and Riga, Latvia, with David Quinn previously announced as the squad’s head coach.
“We’ve got a terrific staff overall,” said Chris Clark, general manager of the 2023 U.S. Men’s National Team and also the assistant general manager of the NHL’s Columbus Blue jackets. “The group brings varied experiences which will all contribute to our ultimate goal of bringing home a gold medal.”
ABOUT DEREK LALONDE Lalonde, in his first season as head coach of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, will be part of the coaching staff of a U.S. Men’s National Team for first time. Lalonde has been involved with U.S. teams on the international stage on two other occasions, helping the U.S. Junior Select Team to championships in the World Junior A Challenge in 2013 as head coach and as assistant coach in 2012.
Lalonde arrived in Detroit after spending four seasons (2018-22) as an assistant coach for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning where he helped Tampa Bay earn Stanley Cup titles in 2020 and 2021.
The Brasher Falls, New York, native served as an assistant coach in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey first with Ferris State from 2002-2006 and then at the University of Denver from 2006-2011. He moved on to serve as head coach and general manager for the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers from 2011-14 where he recorded an overall record of 114-56-8-6 and was named the USHL Coach of the Year in 2012 after helping the Gamblers earn the Clark Cup title.
Lalonde spent two seasons (2014-16) as the head coach of the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL and earned the John Brophy Award as the league’s coach of the year in his first campaign.
From 2016-18 he was the head coach of the AHL’s Iowa Wild before moving to Tampa.
Lalonde's coaching career began as a graduate assistant men's ice hockey coach at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (formerly North Adams State) from 1995-98. He then started a two-year stint as an assistant men's ice hockey coach at Lebanon Valley College following by two seasons as an assistant men's ice hockey coach at Hamilton College.
It only took an entire season but we can now hear the questioner's questions. I hope the Wings can improve like this next season. :-)
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