Thursday, July 15, 2010

A coach in Oklahoma City

According to the Edmonton Journal, Todd Nelson (Prince Albert, 1985-90) will be named head coach of the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons. The Barons, an affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oiler, will make the announcement Thursday afternoon. . . . Nelson spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers. He lost his job when head coach John Anderson was sent out the door. . . . Nelson was in the running for the head coaching position with the Edmonton Oil Kings, but lost out to Derek Laxdal, who had been with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads. . . . The Oilers, of course, own the Oil Kings and the Barons. . . . This will be the Barons’ first season in Oklahoma City. The Oilers had been affiliated with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. . . . The Journal reports that Gerry Fleming (Billings Bighorns, Kelowna Wings, 1981-83) will work as an assistant coach. He was on the Falcons’ staff last season. . . . Rob Daum, a former WHL head coach, was Springfield’s head coach but the Oilers decided not to keep him around.

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