Because it is the offseason, it is time for the return of Central Division Shakedown. See what the Predators divisional rivals (for now) are doing each Tuesday here at Predlines.
Big news out of Chicago this week is that the Blackhawks have signed Corey Crawford to a three-year deal. The netminder had 33 wins this season, leading all rookies at the position. Crawford ranked 8th in the League with a 2.30 goals against average. The 3-year deal is worth $8 million.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Last week, the Blue Jackets announced that former Predator Bob Boughner was resigning as an assistant coach with Columbus. Boughner had only been with the Club for one season after serving as the head coach of the Windsor Spitfires from 2006-10.
In a press release on Bluejackets.com, Boughner stated “I want to thank Scott Howson, Scott Arniel and the McConnell family for the opportunity to work with the Blue Jackets last season. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Columbus and regret that I am not going to be there to see this team continue to develop and accomplish the goals we’ve set for it. This was a very difficult decision, but with my family and business commitments in Windsor it was in our best interest as a family.”
Besides Nashville, Boughner also played for Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Carolina and Colorado from 1995-2006.
Detroit Red Wings
Like Nashville and Columbus, the Red Wings also are losing an assistant coach this off season. Brad McCrimmon decided to leave the team after three seasons.
On the team’s website, the General Manager for the Red Wings, Ken Holland thanked McCrimmon. “I’d like to thank Brad for his dedication and tremendous work in serving as an assistant coach for the Red Wings. We wish Brad and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”
McCrimmon was responsible for overseeing the team’s defense and was brought in to replace Todd McLellan, who left Detroit for San Jose after the 2008 Stanley Cup playoff run.
St. Louis Blues
Nothing in the last week to report.
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