Flash Tour: Benoit Groulx, Syracuse Crunch head coach, wins his 200th game in the AHL
Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx won his 200th career AHL game in a 6-2 win over the Belleville Senators. Groulx coached 525 games in eight seasons between Crunch and Rochester Americans (2008-10).
During six seasons with the Crunch – half of which was cut short by the pandemic – Groulx coached the team to a Calder Cup final while leading one of the club’s major player development pipelines. industry for the Tampa Bay Lightning. People like Erik Cernak, Anthony Cirelli, Carter Verhaeghe, Mathieu Joseph, Ross Colton, Alex Barre-Boulet, Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk and many more have all moved from his team to the NHL. Many have shown great improvements over their junior expectations, such as ABB and Colton.
Throughout his career, I have known Groulx as an extremely compassionate, caring and supportive coach. You see it in his interactions with the media (myself included), how he talks about his players/staff, and how he always tries to build it up. We’ve had plenty of moments where Groulx has interviewed (or potentially interviewed) NHL clubs, and while we’ll be extremely happy for him when his time in this organization ends, it will be a blow to Crunch and Tampa. Bay Lightning.
Here’s some behind-the-scenes footage from NHL All-Star Weekend with Steven and Carter Stamkos.
In the NHL, wait until Nathan MacKinnon gets hit hard for his two-handed hit on a linesman in yesterday’s game during a face-off. Unacceptable in any form or for any reason, if you ask me.
Interesting news from Arizona as they made the Maple Leafs pay for one of their players to stay in Arizona. Carter Hutton, a goaltender, was traded to Toronto but will be loaned to them through the AHL. Hutton is injured and after being waived, he would have earned $750,000 in the AHL – which is too much for this franchise (Tucson’s highest-paid player earns $225,000). Toronto pays the bill and Hutton can stay in Arizona with his family. When Toronto decides to bring him back, time will tell. I doubt he will have to leave Arizona until the playoffs unless there are massive guard injuries.
As Craig reports, Hutton is expected to stay in Tucson for the time being, although at some point I think the Leafs may decide to reassign him to the Marlies. Either way, the Leafs added some experienced goalie depth at no cost. https://t.co/8bAbLPTZ5t
—Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 22, 2022
Relentless racist wife-beater Bobby Hull has been stripped of his duties as Chicago’s ambassador. How he got the job in the first place is something we’ve covered in our “around the league” section many times in the past.