GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With the Grand Rapids Griffins’ season over, head coach Todd Nelson should have some choices in front of him.
In two seasons, Nelson has led the Griffins to two playoff appearances, one of which ended with a Calder Cup championship.
He was a finalist for the head coaching vacancy with the Arizona Coyotes last year and should be considered by an NHL team or two this offseason. His name is already being mentioned as a favorite to take the head coaching job with the Dallas Stars.
“He definitely deserves any attention he gets,” Griffins captain Matt Ford said. “He’s too good for this league. He gets the best out of every player.”
“I love the guy. He deserves it,” veteran forward Ben Street added. “I hope he gets the change because I don’t think there’s a whole lot left for him to prove at this level. I bet you to a man, everyone will say they like Nelly, whether he was scratching them or getting on them. Even if you disagree with him, you still love the guy.”
Nelson, who was the interim head coach for the Edmonton Oilers before coming to Grand Rapids, said he would be interested in going back to the NHL.
“Obviously that’s a goal of mine, is to move on,” he said. “But if it doesn’t happen, this is a great place to work. Fantastic people. Grand Rapids organization is fantastic to work with. The (NHL affiliate Detroit Red) Wings are fantastic to work with. Like I said, I’m just going to try to process this.”
The Griffins are holding seasonal exit interviews Wednesday.