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Report: Todd Nelson in talks to coach Red Wings’ AHL affiliate

Todd Nelson

Todd Nelson


Todd Nelson is expected to meet with Detroit Red Wings executives about the vacant Grand Rapids Griffins head coaching job on Thursday, TSN’s Darren Dreger reports.

Nelson served as interim head coach of the Edmonton Oilers this past season. The team went 17-25-9 in 42 games with Nelson behind the bench.

Before that, he spent four full seasons and part of 2014-15 as head coach of the Oilers’ (now-defunct) affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons. In other words, the Red Wings organization would be getting a seasoned head coach at the AHL level after promoting Jeff Blashill (assuming Nelson is the one who sticks).

Dreger also reports that Mike Sullivan is in the running. He was assistant coach of the New York Rangers for four seasons but spent 2014-15 with the Vancouver Canucks.