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Griffins coach Nelson to join Dallas Stars as assistant

Associated Press • May 31, 2018 at 12:45 AM

Todd Nelson, the Grand Rapids Griffins coach the past three seasons, is about to join the Dallas Stars as an assistant coach, according to a tweet from The Athletic's Sean Shapiro.

Not finalized yet, but Stars are close to a deal to bring in Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson as an assistant on Jim Montgomery's staff.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) May 30, 2018.

Nelson, after the season, made it known he was interested in a head coaching position in the NHL. He has two years remaining on his contract.

At Dallas, the Stars hired Denver University's Jim Montgomery as coach in early May. The team's general manager is Jim Nill, who previously was the assistant GM with the Detroit Red Wings.

Last year, he was a finalist for the position with the Arizona Coyotes after the Griffins won the Calder Cup.

Nelson, 48, has taken the Griffins to the playoffs all three seasons, going 22-11 with the AHL championship last season.

Add in his four full seasons with Oklahoma City and Nelson's teams have made the playoffs eight consecutive seasons.

The one exception was in 2014-15 when he left the Barons to become the interim coach with the Edmonton Oilers for his only taste of the NHL. He went 17-22-7 in 46 games.

He has a 309-189-16-47 (.607) regular-season record in seven-plus seasons as an AHL coach, including 133-78-4-13 (.621) with the Griffins.

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