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Coaches Still Available

06/25/2022 at 10:33am EDT

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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