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Report: Flames asked Wild permission to interview Yeo


Mike Yeo’s in demand.

Just one day after reports claimed Anaheim had received permission to interview him for its head coaching gig, the Star-Tribune is now reporting another team has gotten permission to speak to Yeo as well — the Calgary Flames.

Yeo is currently serving as an assistant for Team Canada’s entry at the Worlds.

Treliving is Canada’s GM.

Should he interview with the Flames (and Ducks), Yeo will have essentially completed the circuit of available head coaching gigs. Yeo previously interviewed with Ottawa — that job ultimately went to Guy Boucher — and, obviously, wasn’t going to be in line for the Minnesota position.

During his time with the Wild, Yeo earned a reputation for his strong defensive system (“defense-first Yeobots” is how one columnist described the players.) That could be attractive to the Flames, who finished dead last in the NHL in goals allowed per game (3.13) last season.

Teams are require to ask Minnesota permission to interview Yeo, as the contract extension he signed two years ago runs through 2017.

Bolts name Groulx new AHL head coach

ST CATHARINES, ON - DECEMBER 15:  Head Coach Benoit Groulx talks to the players during the Canada National Junior Team practice at the Meridian Centre on December 15, 2014 in St Catharines, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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The Lightning have named decorated junior bench boss Benoit Groulx as the new head coach of their AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

“Benoit Groulx has a long track record as a winning head coach. Throughout his career, he has consistently gotten the most out of his players and his teams,” Bolts assistant GM Julien BriseBois said in a release. “We are very excited to be adding Benoit to our organization. Our players in Syracuse will benefit from his tremendous leadership and his relentless pursuit of excellence.”

Groulx, 48, has spent most of the last 15 years coaching in the QMJHL (largely with Gatineau), save a two-year stint as the head coach of AHL Rochester. He also led Team Canada to gold at the 2015 World Juniors.

The Lightning have had some success drafting out of the Quebec league in recent years. Jonathan Drouin (Halifax), Cedric Paquette (Blainville-Boisbriand) and Ondrej Palat (Drummondville) all played their junior hockey there, with Palat being one of the franchise’s best finds — he was taken in the seventh round in 2011.

Groulx has developed a reputation for his ability to work with young players. Per TVA, the Sens had considered him for their vacant AHL gig in Binghamton.

The Groulx hire does, however, signify the end of Rob Zettler’s time as Syracuse’s head coach. Zettler had been behind the Crunch bench for the last five years — one as an assistant, four as head coach — and led the team to the ’13 Calder Cup final, taking over for Jon Cooper after Cooper was promoted to the NHL.

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.