Mike Halford

Seguin ‘day-to-day,’ won’t play Game 7


It was all going so well for the Stars — they eked out a win last night in St. Louis to force Game 7 at home in Dallas, where Tyler Seguin had been skating in the hopes of dressing for the first time this series.

You’ll note I said it was going well.

On Tuesday, Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff updated the status of his injured star center, and it wasn’t the update Stars fans wanted to hear:

The injury — which, Dallas has stressed, is not related to the lacerated Achilles Seguin suffered late in the regular season — has kept No. 91 from all but one of the Stars’ playoff games this spring. Seguin suited up for Game 2 of the Minnesota series, but looked ineffective in limited minutes.

There was some optimism Seguin could be ready for tomorrow’s game after he suited up in practice on Tuesday.

If Dallas wants to try and salvage some of that optimism, it could take solace in the fact Seguin could be ready to return should the Stars dispatch of the Blues, and qualify for their first conference final since 2008.

Report: Ducks get permission to interview Yeo

Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo argues a call in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Anaheim has reportedly gained permission to speak with ex-Wild bench boss Mike Yeo, per the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

Yeo, fired in mid-February after four-and-a-half seasons on the job in Minnesota, has been a relatively warm commodity recently as the coaching carousel continues to spin.

He’d previously interviewed for the Ottawa job — which eventually went to Guy Boucher — and has been linked to the Calgary gig, though there have been no reports of a formal interview or discussion with GM Brad Treliving.

Yeo, 42, would be an interesting fit in Anaheim. He’d be significantly younger than the club’s previous two bench bosses — Randy Carlyle, who was 55 at the time of his dismissal and Bruce Boudreau, who was 61 — and doesn’t have many ties to the organization.

Yeo has also operated almost exclusively between two organizations over the last 15 years: Pittsburgh, and Minnesota. In each place, he started out in the American League before gaining a promotion to the NHL — with the Pens, it was he eventually moved up to an assistant’s and with the Wild, it was to replace Todd Richards as head coach in 2011.

There haven’t been many reports out of Anaheim as to what other coaches GM Bob Murray is speaking to. It’s believed assistant coach Paul MacLean — a former Jack Adams winner with Ottawa — is in the running.

Third time’s a charm: Houda back to Detroit, this time as assistant coach

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 10: Head coach Claude Julien (L) and assistant coach Doug Houda (2ndFL) of the Boston Bruins talk to their players during a time-out against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on March 10, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
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Didn’t take the Red Wings long to fill a vacancy on Jeff Blashill’s coaching staff — and, what’s more, they did it with a familiar face.

On Tuesday — one day after GM Ken Holland cut ties with goalie coach Jim Bedard, and re-assigned assistant Pat Ferschweiler — the Wings announced that Doug Houda, the longtime Boston assistant that spent six years of his playing career with Detroit, has signed a three-year deal.

Houda will serve as one of Blashill’s two assistants next season, with the other spot still to be filled. And while Detroit said Houda’s role on the bench is still “unclear,” it stands to reason he’ll inherit at least some of ex-assistant Tony Granato’s responsibilities.

Last year, Granato was in charge of the Wings’ defensemen and penalty kill,

In his first eight seasons with the B’s, Houda ran the blueline and the club’s power play.

But in his last two years with Boston, Houda was removed from his special teams role and focused solely on the defense. In April, he was the only coach dismissed after the B’s failed to make the playoffs for a second consecutive year.

There were some who felt Houda was unfairly scapegoated for Boston’s defensive issues over the last two campaigns.

Those critics pointed to losing two key pieces — Johnny Boychuk and Dougie Hamilton — the slowing down of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, and a slew of young, inexperienced replacements (Colin Miler, Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman) as the main reasons Boston’s defense struggled recently.

Not Houda.

“Doug Houda is a great coach,” Claude Julien told the Boston Globe last month. “Doug Houda will coach again in this league. The players loved him.”

Houda, 50, was Detroit’s second-round pick in 1984, and appeared in over 160 games for the organization before getting traded to Hartford in 1991.

In 1998, he was traded back to the Red Wings (from Anaheim), and registered his final NHL point that season.

Avs lose another to Europe as Will signs in Czech League

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27:  Roman Will #35 of the Colorado Avalanche warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on January 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Colorado netminder Roman Will, who made his NHL debut last season, has left the organization to sign with Czech League club Bili Tygri Liberec, the team announced on Tuesday.

Will, 23, went undrafted out of QMJHL Moncton a few years back but, upon wrapping his junior career and playing well in the Czech League, was signed to a two-year deal with the Avs in 2014.

From there, Will spent time in the ECHL and AHL — appearing in 29 games last season for San Antonio — but also made his first and only big-league appearance in January, coming on in relief of Calvin Pickard in a 6-1 loss to San Jose.

As mentioned in the headline, Will — who was set to become an RFA in July — is just the latest Avalanche player to sign overseas recently. Joey Hishon signed with Finnish-based KHL club Jokerit, while Dennis Everberg returned to his native Sweden.


Datsyuk to return to Detroit after Worlds, reveal his decision


There’s a timeline for when Pavel Datsyuk will announce his intentions for next season.

Per Red Wings GM Ken Holland — by way of the Detroit News — Datsyuk is set to return to Michigan following his participation at the 2016 World Hockey Championships, and let the organization know if he’ll return in the fall.

Datsyuk is currently playing for the host Russians at the Worlds, and has three points through the first three games. The tournament runs through May 22.

There has been great speculation the 37-year-old has played his final game in a Red Wings uniform. In April, Datsyuk told the Detroit Free Press’ Mitch Albom he’s probably leaving the NHL, and Datsyuk’s agent was fairly evasive when asked about his client’s playing future.

It’s believed Datsyuk would leave Detroit and play in the KHL next year. The move would allow him to be closer to his 13-year-old daughter, who lives in Russia.

Following Detroit’s season-ending loss to Tampa Bay, the “Magic Man” said he was still undecided about what he’s going to do.

“I’m not thinking about two days or how many days,” Datsyuk explained. “I need a little bit cool down and emotions go out and start thinking about it more.”

It makes sense for Datsyuk to return to Detroit shortly after the Worlds and let the club know what he’s going to do.

Financially speaking, Holland probably needs as much time as possible to figure out the ramifications — Datsyuk is owed $5.5 million in salary next year, and carries a $7.5M cap hit, both of which could be problematic for Detroit’s cap situation.

But, per TSN’s Frank Seravalli, the issue might not be that complicated:

If Datsyuk does not report for training camp, the Red Wings (or any team which acquires him) can suspend him for breach of contract, two NHL cap managers confirmed on Friday. That team would then not be responsible for paying him any of the $5.5 million due to him in actual cash.

No team, including the Red Wings, would owe him a dollar. Datsyuk’s $7.5 million salary-cap hit, a paper penalty in theory, could prove valuable to a small-market team struggling to hit the cap floor or spending minimum.

Related: Datsyuk’s agent basically gives non-answer about Russia rumors