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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Report: Pisani interested in job with Oilers

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With the Edmonton Oilers currently searching for assistant coaches, former NHLer Fernando Pisani has voiced his interest in joining the club according to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

Edmonton fired assistant coaches Keith Acton and Craig Ramsay last week.

It was believed Todd Nelson would be considered for a role on Todd McLellan’s staff; however, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been granted permission to interview Nelson for their vacancy with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Jay Woodcroft, who was with McLellan in San Jose, is expected to join the Oilers, but there could still be room for Pisani, if the club is interested.

Pisani served as an assistant coach with the University of Alberta Golden Bears men’s hockey team during the 2014-15 season.

The 38-year-old spent parts of seven seasons with the Oilers during his playing days. Pisani played a significant role in the Oilers reaching the 2006 Stanley Cup Final scoring 14 goals and 18 points in 24 playoff games.

Penguins assign prospect Sundqvist to AHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned center Oskar Sundqvist to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

Sundqvist, who had two goals and an assist in five preseason games with Pittsburgh, was one of the final cuts in the fall.

The 21-year-old had nine goals and 19 points in 41 games with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League.

Sundqvist was the Penguins third-round selection (81st overall) in 2012.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins currently hold a 2-0 series lead against the Syracuse Crunch in their best-of-five first round series.

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