Reports out of Minnesota say the Leroy product and former G-M and head coach of the Saskatoon Blades could wind up with the Wild as an assistant coach with long-time coaching buddy Bruce Boudreau. Scott Stevens left Minnesota at the end of this past season. Woods had been an assistant with Buffalo this past season, but his status with the Sabres is unknown with the recent hiring of G-M Jason Botterill and head coach Phil Housley.
Plenty of other Blades/W-H-L-related news Monday...
The Hitmen are said to be interested in hiring a dual G-M and head coach to replace Mike Moore and Mark French, respectively...a move that would leave Moose Jaw with a head coaching vacancy. Former Calgary Flames' tough guy Tim Hunter is rumoured to be on the Hitmen radar to be their G-M and head coach. Hunter has been head coach of the Warriors for the last three seasons and signed a contract extension in Moose Jaw earlier this month.
A U Sports "insider" report says that Saskatoon products Jesse Shynkaruk and Collin Shirley have agreed to join the U of S Huskies' men's hockey program this fall. Both forwards completed their 20-year-old seasons in the W-H-L this past season...Shynkaruk scoring a career-high 31 goals and 56 points with the Blades while Shirley posted 28 goals and 62 points while serving as team captain in Kamloops.
Former Saskatoon Blades' winger Martin Erat signed a one-year contract extension with Kometa Brno of the Czech Republic's top professional league. The 35-year-old, who played a season-and-a-half with the Blades from 1999 through 2001, had 13 goals amongst 35 points in 39 games this past season. Erat played in the N-H-L with Nashville, Washington and Arizona.