The Columbus Blue Jackets have made some changes to their AHL leadership, installing Chris Clark as general manager and Mike Eaves as head coach. Clark takes over for Bill Zito who was recently received a promotion with the Blue Jackets, while Eaves replaces the recently departing John Madden behind the bench for the Cleveland Monsters. Zito released a statement on the two hires:
Chris has spent a great deal of time over the past several years working with players throughout our organization, including those in the American Hockey League, and his thorough understanding of player personnel and the league make him the perfect choice to serve as the general manager of our AHL affiliate. Chris’ familiarity with our organization, combined with Mike Eaves’ long and successful history of working with young players, will provide our organization with great leadership that will benefit our players in Cleveland.
Eaves comes to the Monsters after a long coaching career including more than a decade with the University of Wisconsin. The 63-year old last coached in professional hockey back in 2000 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but does have experience at the AHL level.
- The Nashville Predators have announced a trio of coaching hires, filling out their development team with some familiar faces. Rob Scuderi, Sebastien Bordeleau and Dave Rook have been hired as defense, forward and goaltending development coaches respectively. Scuderi played more than 900 NHL games over a long NHL career and will now jump into the coaching fray for the next part in his hockey career. Bordealeau also played in the NHL—including on the first iteration of the Predators back in 1998—though spent the second half of his playing career dominating the Swiss NLA. Rook meanwhile didn’t have that sort of playing career, but has been a goaltending coach for a long time at the junior level and has experience with Juuse Saros already.