More bench clearing news surfaced over-night ... via Helen St. James over at the freep.com ... Asst. Coach Doug MacLean would like to test the waters and look for a Head Coaching job before he signs the contract extension offered to him by the Red Wings organization. "We've offered him a contract", general manager Ken Holland said this week of MacLean. "We're prepared to sit tight for a bit. He's hoping to get an opportunity to interview with some of the head-coaching jobs available". Doug and his moustache (which ranks 2nd to former Calgary star Lanny McDonald's) have a lot of competition for the 5 vacant Head Coaching spots. I expect they will be back in Detroit for the 2011-12 season.
As we were all going to sleep last night, Capgeek.com posted the signing of 2009 7th round pick Adam Almqvist to a 3 year entry level contract. He's a nice mobile, offencive minded defenceman, and yes, Rafalski's name does come up when describing his style of play, but he's only 20 and needs to fill out physically (ie: he's gotta hit the weights) before he plays on this side of the pond. For a little more insight as to who Adam Almqvist is, check out this Google translated interview by Daniel Hultqvist at jnytt.se.
C'mon Already !!
Lastly ... no official word out of Atlanta yet, nor will there be until sometime after the Memorial Day weekend. I suppose this is good news legally. They're being careful, making sure all the T's are crossed and I's are dotted and monies are distributed properly before any formal announcements are made. Winnipeg playing in the southeast for a season is just going to be weird, but realignment really doesn't make sense until Phoenix's future is settled. If they end up going to Quebec City, you can be sure Detroit is going to get screwed again and end up staying right where we are.