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New Coaching Candidates, Dumais, TFW, WHC

May 16, 2023, 10:03 PM ET [5 Comments]
Zak MacMillan
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Are these the early front runners for the Columbus Blue Jackets next head coaching position?

Reporting from the Athletic, the Blue Jackets have inquired on the services of a potential return of former head coach Mike Babcock.

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet:

I wonder if Peter Laviolette or Patrick Roy could be a good option for the Jackets.

Laviolette won the Cup with Carolina in 2006; made it to the finals with Philadelphia in 2010; and made appearances with Nashville and Washington in the postseason. With the Capitals missing the playoffs for the first time since 2014, they thought the time was now to change the coach.

There is other sources that are wondering about Gerard Gallant given his recent dismissal from the New York Rangers.

Gallant did coach Columbus before, from 2004-2006. Different and younger roster here now than then.

He did just coach the Rangers to the playoffs for the second straight season, with a third round and first round exit.

QMJHL MVP

Jordan Dumais was named the MVP of the QMJHL season. Wonder if this puts him close to the top six in Cleveland come next season.

Player Profile - Trey Fix-Wolansky

The final expiring contract in the player profile section comes to maybe the brightest future of the bunch in small forward Try Fix-Wolansky.

Trey Fix-Wolansky is a right winger on the Columbus Blue Jackets. He is an Edmonton native drafted in the seventh round, 204th overall from the Oil Kings.

Fix-Wolansky is a skill forward, being a power house after his draft selection with a 104 point season his final year, followed by an AHL playoff debut with Cleveland.

TFW has played in parts of five seasons with Monsters, having an offensive breakout year this past season with the Monsters. He led the team in points with 71 in 61 games.

In 15 career games with Columbus, the five foot seven forward has two goals and an assist.

There is some discipline concern given him oversleeping a practice before the end of the regular season with Columbus, but hoping that could be looked over. He could be a good third line offensive forward.

He has the competition in the wingers around him including Texier, Foudy, Chinakov, and Bemstrom for skill and ice time. The tough guys are staying as the fourth line.

Worlds

Denmark beat Austria
Slovenia defeated Norway
Switzerland shut out Kazakhstan
Hungary edged France in overtime
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