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Thursday, April 15, 2010

So long, KC ... Thank you for three good years.

Just because you know all along something is bound to happen, it always sucks a little more when it becomes official.

Kevin Constantine's contract will not be renewed, and he has coached his last game for the Aeros.

While I understand all the reasons as to why he was dismissed, one thing we'll never know, for sure, is if there was anything KC could have done to keep his job in Houston.

I think his fate was sealed last summer. Money is probably the only reason (not having to pay two coaches (the fired one and the new one)) that he got another year.

Who knows?

I talked to Kevin this afternoon, and he told me that he is going to do some speaking engagements for USA Hockey in the immediate future. After that, I am sure he and his agent will be talking about what jobs are available. More and more of those will surface in the coming weeks and after teams are eliminated from their playoffs.

He said he was treated fairly by the Wild and that the conversation was cordial and to the point. He said the team just wanted to go in a different direction, and that was that.

Now, as to who will replace KC, that remains to be seen. There are some reports that Claude Noel could be in the mix, and there are a few other coaches with connections to Chuck Fletcher that will get a look. Troy Ward, according to Russo, is a candidate. John Anderson, who coached the Wolves to championships time and time again, also just got fired by the Atlanta Thrashers.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again. This is going to be an interesting summer.

9 comments:

Forecheck said...

Good luck coach, you'll find something soon no doubt.

Now on to his replacement - - - let me guess, some 25 year old who will work for $40K a year...

artandhockey said...

Per Russo: A coach closer to the way Richards thinks ...that means, we may assume, like what the Wild did this last season? Interesting, that!

Forecheck said...

...like what the Wild did this last season....

Miss the playoffs?

B2Bomber said...

I agree artandhockey! Richards didn't do so hot, did he? At my last check the Wild finished 13 out of 15 and 84 points for the season. Yeah, down right pathetic! Whoever gets named as the new coach should tell us what direction Minny wants to go. Time will tell.

Good Luck, KC.....and thanks for the last three years!

BobbyR said...

Good luck to Coach Constantine.

CatTrick said...

Love your sarcasm, Forecheck. Unfortunately, I believe you're right on.

tyler said...

It's sad to loose KC. He is a really good coach. Certainly hope that the big dogs in Minnesota recognize the talent in Troy and keep him. It is my opinion that Troy would be the right pick to coach the Aeros.

Forecheck said...

Tyler -

If the big dogs were able to recognize talent, this team wouldn't be as bad as it was this season.

Word verification "faced" - As in what many Aeros fans wanted to get at the end of a game.

Anonymous said...

anyone have Kevin's number..the Bloomington Prairie Thunder AA hockey team needs a coach...


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