53-year-old Chris Chelios set to join Red Wings coaching staff?

Chris Chelios (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

53-year-old Chris Chelios may be getting back on the players bench next season with the Detroit Red Wings.

According to TSN’s Aaron Ward, when the Detroit Red Wings finalize their entire coaching staff for the upcoming season, expect to see Chelios named an assistant coach alongside newly minted bench boss Jeff Blashill.

While Ward reported the Chelios announcement could be expected today during Blashill’s introductory press conference, he and Red Wings GM Ken Holland were mum on who would join the coaching staff. Blashill did, however, note that he would like to have his entire coaching staff in place by the end of the week. Read more

Gordie Howe ‘comfortable and happy’ after second stem cell treatment

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Gordie Howe (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Hall of Fame legend Gordie Howe is “comfortable and happy,” after undergoing his second stem cell treatment at a clinic in Mexico Monday night, said his son, Murray.

“Our dad continues to participate in a clinical trial where stem cells are being used in the treatment of a stroke,” Murray Howe said in an email to thn.com. “We’d like to wait until the first phase of that clinical trial is complete before providing any more updates. At this time, our dad is comfortable and happy. That remains our goal. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support for Mr. Hockey.”

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Report: Jeff Blashill to be named Red Wings coach next week

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Jeff Blashill

It won’t come as a shock to many, but according to a report Jeff Blashill, the coach of the Red Wings AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins, is expected to be named the new Detroit bench boss as early as next week.

The writing for Blashill was likely on the wall when the Red Wings weren’t allowing other teams to talk to him regarding their coaching vacancies and when reports surfaced that should former Red Wings coach Mike Babcock have stayed in Detroit, Blashill would be given every opportunity to seek employment elsewhere.

There was also Babcock himself, who told the FAN 590’s Prime Time Sports on the day of his hiring in Toronto that, “Blashill’s going to be the next coach of the Wings.” And, it appears as soon as next week, that will officially be the case. Read more

NHL coach’s challenge a virtual certainty after competition committee edict

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Barring any unforeseen developments, the limited-in-scope coach’s challenge rumored for years to be coming to the NHL will be implemented in the 2015-16 season, thanks in part to a recommendation from the league and NHL Players’ Association’s joint competition committee Thursday.

The competition committee – comprised of four NHL GMs, one owner and four players – recommended league coaches be permitted to challenge goals that involve goaltender interference and offside plays with a video review. Goalie interference challenges would be considered by on-ice officials, while offside challenges would be addressed by the NHL’s video review center in Toronto. And if a coach has already used his timeout, he is unable to challenge any play. Read more

Confident Lightning not in a panic despite missed opportunity in Game 1

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TAMPA – History tells us that only two teams in NHL history have lost the first two games of the Stanley Cup final on home ice and bounced back to win the Cup. They would be your 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and 1966 Montreal Canadiens.

Reality tells us that if the Blackhawks win Game 2 of the final Saturday night, this series is over. (Google, for a short time Thursday was telling us that the Blackhawks had already won the Cup. On its Blackhawks page it had listed 2015 as one of the years the Blackhawks have won a championship.)

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Can Ron Wilson lead Team USA to world junior gold in Helsinki?

Coach Ron Wilson (Photo by Robert Beck /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Judging Team USA on its recent finishes at the world juniors is a tricky thing. Sure, the Americans have landed fifth in the past two outings, but in both cases they fell to the rival Russians in the quarterfinal; they also could have won it all had fate bounced their way.

That is the challenge now accepted by former NHL coach Ron Wilson. Last seen behind the bench with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2012, Wilson has been announced as Team USA’s coach for the 2016 world juniors in Finland and despite his professional hiatus, I can see him being very successful in the role.

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Red Wings’ Johan Franzen still recovering from January concussion

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Johan Franzen (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

Johan Franzen is still trying to get back to full health nearly six months after suffering a concussion as the result of a collision with Edmonton Oilers left winger Rob Klinkhammer.

MLive.com’s Ansar Khan reported Friday that Franzen is still recovering from the head injury suffered on Jan. 6, but that Red Wings GM Ken Holland is hopeful ‘The Mule’ can be back in the Detroit lineup to begin the 2015-16 campaign. Read more

Bylsma and Eichel could be more successful in Buffalo than McDavid and Babcock

Dan Bylsma  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

During an off day in Montreal at the World Junior Championship, Dan Bylsma was asked to comment on some of the players in the tournament. There as a game analyst for the NHL Network, Bylsma begged off, saying he didn’t want to jeopardize any possible future relationships with any of the players who were there.

Well, Bylsma will now have a chance to work with one of the biggest names that was there that day. Jack Eichel, who was the captain of the U.S. team for the tournament, will play his first pro years under Bylsma with the Buffalo Sabres. And this can be special. Very special.

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