Detroit Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde and GM Steve Yzerman
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Reports out of Detroit suggest Steve Yzerman will fire Derek Lalonde

Published April 2, 2024 at 1:44 PM
BY SAMER

According to a recent report, general manager Steve Yzerman and the Detroit Red Wings are on the verge of firing head coach Derek Lalonde.

The Detroit Red Wings had high hopes for this season, aiming for a long-awaited playoff appearance after years of rebuilding. However, with just eight games left, they find themselves two points behind the final Wild Card spot in the NHL standings. They're in a tight race with four other teams for that coveted playoff berth, with the Philadelphia Flyers currently holding the spot and the Red Wings, New York Islanders, and New Jersey Devils in hot pursuit.


Rumors have surfaced that if the Red Wings fail to make the playoffs, they might seek a new head coach. According to reports from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now, Detroit's GM Steve Yzerman is considering a coaching change due to the team's struggles. The possibility of replacing current head coach Derek Lalonde has been discussed, with former St. Louis Blues coach Craig Berube emerging as a potential candidate.


As per Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now, "An NHL source is telling Hockey Now that the possibility of a coaching change is something that is being pondered by Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman." The Red Wings continue their free fll out of a playoff position and Yzerman's patience is running low. The source notes that former St. Louis Blues coach Craig Berube might be the leading candidate for the job.


Lalonde is currently in the second year of a 3-year contract with the Red Wings, boasting a record of 71-67-18 in 156 games. If Detroit opts for a coaching change, Berube's wealth of experience could be a valuable addition to the team.

As the Red Wings continue their push for a playoff spot, only time will tell if Lalonde can retain his position or if a coaching shakeup is on the horizon.

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