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Old 04-07-2013, 05:43 PM
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Thumbs down Ohlund contemplating retirement

Ohlund is contemplating retirement. He has met with Yzerman and we should know something soon.

It sounds like he wants an assistants job. Last year he helped with the defense and this year Cooper has asked him to help. I think it would be a great match for us and free up a contract.

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“I’ve thought about (the next step) quite a bit, but it clearly involves more people than me,’’ Ohlund said today. “I’ve spoke to Steve (Yzerman) quite a bit about what the end result will be. For a long period of time I’ve been trying to get better and better, but clearly the longer you don’t play, the likelihood of playing again gets smaller and smaller each day, especially at my age. I don’t know long term what my situation will be, but I’m sure it will be figured out shortly.’’

In the meantime, Ohlund has been on the road with the team for the past three games to serve as an additional set of eyes to help out the coaching staff – which he did at one point last season – something new head coach Jon Cooper asked about shortly after taking over last week.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:20 PM
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There's spots open in Syracuse if he wants to learn the craft.
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There's spots open in Syracuse if he wants to learn the craft.


He has a CAP hit of 3.6ml and still has 3 years remaining on the contract after this season. If he wants a job in Tampa and if his contract then comes off the books I would make sure he got his request.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:57 PM
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A job in Tampa doesn't set him up to become a HC in the future as well as a job in Syracuse, IMO.
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A job in Tampa doesn't set him up to become a HC in the future as well as a job in Syracuse, IMO.
And maybe he doesn't want that. Maybe he is in love with Tampa and just wants to stay and be active. 36 is awful young to sit back and do nothing.

IMHO Ohlund holds all the cards.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:30 PM
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And maybe he doesn't want that. Maybe he is in love with Tampa and just wants to stay and be active. 36 is awful young to sit back and do nothing.

IMHO Ohlund holds all the cards.
I'm not saying that you're wrong about Ohlund not wanting a head coaching job; however, a statement like he is thinking about "the next step" certainly implies he has a goal at the end of the staircase.
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