According to The Athletic’s Craig Custance, Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson is “listening” to potential offers regarding assistant coaching jobs in the NHL:
The Grand Rapids coach won a Calder Cup last year with the Griffins. His team made the playoffs again this season and now, according to NHL sources, multiple NHL teams have reached out to him about the possibility of taking an assistant coaching job with their clubs. It’s believed the Dallas Stars and at least one other Western Conference team have expressed interest. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has also talked to Nelson about the assistant coach opening in Detroit, following the departure of John Torchetti.
“Right now, I’m in a good spot,” Nelson told The Athletic when reached on Tuesday. “I’m just looking for a move that might help me in the future. That’s why I’m entertaining some possible opportunities. Nothing is concrete at all. Right now, it’s one of those things where there are conversations and I’ve got to see if something comes out of it.”
Nelson, who became Griffins head coach in June 2015, has term left on his contract but confirmed the Red Wings gave him the green light to talk to other teams. Nelson has NHL bench experience with the Atlanta Thrashers and Edmonton Oilers and is weighing whether another assistant job is the best option for him moving forward.
“By no means am I unhappy in Grand Rapids,” Nelson said. “I just want to see what the next step might present.”
Custance continues, speaking with Joe Hicketts regarding Nelson’s innovative coaching methods…