Report: Todd Nelson to be named head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins

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It appears Todd Nelson has found a landing spot.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Nelson will be the next head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The Detroit Red Wings have been in search of a coach for their AHL affiliate after Jeff Blashill was promoted last week.

Nelson led the Edmonton Oilers to a 17-25-9 record in 42 games during the 2014-15 season.

Edmonton gave Nelson permission to explore other opportunities after hiring Todd McLellan.

Prior to joining the Oilers, Nelson coached the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons to a 161-105-42 between 2010-14.

The 46-year-old reportedly spoke to the Pittsburgh Penguins about their coaching vacancy in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last week.

According to Peter J. Wallner of MLive.com, Nelson was the first player in franchise history to be signed to a contract by the Griffins prior to the 1996-97 season.

Nelson appeared in 236 games with the Griffins as a player over four parts of seasons scoring 11 goals and 56 assists to go along with 123 penalty minutes.

The Griffins are expected to formally introduce Nelson as the club’s head coach at a press conference later this week.

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