It’s been six years since Todd Nelson received his only head coaching opportunity in the NHL, but that could change in the coming weeks. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports that Nelson will interview for the Arizona Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets. The 52-year-old has spent the last three seasons as an assistant with the Dallas Stars after serving as head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins.
That one NHL opportunity came with the Edmonton Oilers, when Dallas Eakins was fired midseason during the 2014-15 campaign. Nelson was the head coach of the Oklahoma City Barons at the time and came up to try and salvage the season. In 51 games, the Oilers went 17-25-9, finishing ahead of only the Coyotes in the Pacific Division and missing the playoffs.
- The St. Louis Blues and Jaden Schwartz agreed before the season to put off any extension negotiations, but they’ll get together now to see if they can work something out. GM Doug Armstrong told reporters including Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic that they will “figure out if this relationship is going to continue,” noting they have some time until the end of July when Schwartz would become an unrestricted free agent. In the final season of a five-year, $26.75MM contract, the 28-year-old Schwartz put up just eight goals and 21 points in 40 games. He was held scoreless in all four playoff games as the Blues were swept out of the first round.
- The Henderson Silver Knights are getting a reinforcement for their Pacific Division finals tonight, as Dylan Sikura has been assigned to them from the Vegas Golden Knights. Sikura had 22 points in 30 games for the Silver Knights this season and will get a chance to help them take home the John D. Chick Trophy as division champions. The Silver Knights take on the Bakersfield Condors this evening in the first game of the best-of-three series.