Per The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro:
Not finalized yet, but Stars are close to a deal to bring in Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson as an assistant on Jim Montgomery’s staff.
— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) May 30, 2018
The Grand Rapids Griffins then Tweeted this:
— Grand Rapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) May 30, 2018
Update: The Athletic’s Craig Custance confirms:
This is happening. Nelson leaving Grand Rapids to join Dallas. I’d expect Ben Simon to get a look in GR as Nelson’s replacement but Red Wings in early stages there. https://t.co/A4Dyefn779
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) May 30, 2018
Ben Simon would be a logical replacement. He’s been vocal and visible as a strong assistant coach over the past couple of years.
Also, from the Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner:
Last year, he was a finalist for the position with the Arizona Coyotes after the Griffins won the Calder Cup.
Nelson, 48, has taken the Griffins to the playoffs all three seasons, going 22-11 with the AHL championship last season.
Add in his four full seasons with Oklahoma City and Nelson’s teams have made the playoffs eight consecutive seasons.
The one exception was in 2014-15 when he left the Barons to become interim coach with the Edmonton Oilers for his only taste of the NHL. He went 17-22-7 in 46 games.
He has a 309-189-16-47 (.607) regular-season record in seven-plus seasons as an AHL coach, including 133-78-4-13 (.621) with the Griffins.
Update: The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan has weighed in:
Todd Nelson appears headed to the NHL.
The successful head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Red Wings’ minor league affiliate, will reportedly be named an assistant coach for the Dallas Stars.
Nelson didn’t respond to text messages Wednesday, but several reports out of Dallas indicated he will be named an assistant on new head coach Jim Montgomery’s staff.
Montgomery, who left the University of Denver, was named the Stars’ coach in early May.