Former Oiler Charlie Huddy named Stars’ Assistant Coach

By , August 4, 2009 9:18 pm

Charlie Huddy and the masterminds behind the Old Oilers' Powerplay System (OOPS)

Charlie Huddy and the masterminds behind the Old Oilers' Powerplay System (OOPS)

I’m a little behind the news on this one, as I was out doing the paperwork on a house I just bought (yay!).

Anyways, the Dallas Stars have named Charlie Huddy as Assistant Coach. This is a great signing for a team that just lost a very key component of their defensive unit.

I was on board with a clean-up of the coaching staff at the end of the year, but the one guy I really hoped would stick around was Charlie Huddy. He arguably did a fantastic job with the young defense we have here. Sheldon Souray may have even benefited from his mentorship as well, as last year he found a great balance between the offensive d-man we knew from Montreal and the defensive d-man we knew from New Jersey. While he is no defensive dynamo, he sure was far from that big question mark that he was in Montreal.

Huddy will definitely be missed, and admittedly it is disappointing to see him go to a Western Conference team, but I knew it wouldn’t be long before a team was smart enough to scoop him up. Best of luck in Dallas, Charlie!

Rangers let Zherdev walk…

By , August 4, 2009 11:32 am
Nikolai Zherdev

Nikolai Zherdev

The New York Rangers have made their decision on Nikolai Zherdev, and much to no one’s surprise, they have let Zherdev go.

Zherdev becomes an unrestricted free agent. Do the Oilers go after him? Jim Matheson stated in the Edmonton Journal today that Tom Renney “hasn’t enthusiastically gone to bat” for Zherdev.

There are suggestions that Zherdev will likely get passed up by the NHL GMs and will take a luctrative contract with a KHL team instead. No rumors of any actual contract offers have surfaced, but it’s only a matter of time. You know if your former coach on a team in dire need of an offensive threat doesn’t want you, that’s a bad sign.

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