Another coach who beat the Detroit Red Wings in a playoff series finds himself in trouble for his apparent mistreatment of his players.
Last week, it was Mike Babcock’s removal as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets after searching through the smartphones of his players. This week, it’s Kevin Constantine, coach of the WHL’s Wenatchee Wild, who’s in hot water.
The Western Hockey League announced today, Kevin Constantine, Head Coach of the Wenatchee Wild, has been suspended pending an independent investigation into alleged violations of WHL Regulations and Policies.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) September 25, 2023
Constantine is under suspension pending an independent investigation into alleged violations of WHL Regulations and Policies. The league is in receipt of a complaint regarding Constantine’s conduct.
In 1994, Constantine was guiding the San Jose Sharks to a seven-game first-round series victory over Detroit. Nine years later, future Detroit coach Babcock would lead the Anaheim Ducks to an opening-round sweep of the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Detroit coach Derek Lalonde is planning to try a bulked-up Lucas Raymond on the top line with Dylan Larkin and Alex DeBrincat in the club’s NHL preseason opener on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars Arena (7 p.m. ET start)
- Feeling his approach to the NHL preseason a year ago was founded in a bad attitude, Red Wings defenseman Simon Edvinsson is vowing that he’ll do what’s needed to earn a spot on the team this fall
- In this DHN+ feature, Detroit is hoping to see even more progress this season from sophomore forward Jonatan Berggren
- Could the Red Wings defense being more of an offensive force this season? Moritz Seider thinks so
Red Wings Preseason
On the eve of the preseason opener, the Red Wings were making a trio of roster moves. Forward Emmitt Finnie was returned to the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. Forwards Dean Loukus and Nic Sima were released from their amateur tryouts.
#RedWings trim roster by 3.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 25, 2023
The moves leave 54 players on their training camp roster – 31 forwards, 16 defensemen and seven goaltenders.
Hockey Now Network
Boston: Forward Milan Lucic will once again be donning the uniform of the Boston Bruins in Tuesday’s NHL preseason opener against the Buffalo Sabres.
Buffalo: Adding veteran defensemen Erik Johnson and Connof Clifton in the offseason, the Buffalo Sabres are counting on them to add chemistry and leadership to the team’s young back end.
Florida: Beating the Nashville Predators 5-2 in an NHL preseason game, the Florida Panthers were also beating Andrew Brunette, their former head coach.
Montreal: Where will top draft pick David Reinbacher play this season? With the Montreal Canadiens? The AHL Laval Rocket? Or back to Europe in Switzerland?
Nedeljkovic To Face Red Wings
Pittsburgh: Former Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic is among the Pittsburgh Penguins players who’ll be in Detroit on Tuesday facing the Wings in an NHL preseason game.
Philadelphia: Suiting up for a preseason game on Monday, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier was seeing his first NHL playing time since 2021.
Washington: Making their first cuts of training camp, the Washington Capitals were trimming their roster to 51 players.
Islanders: Does Arnand Durandeau have a shot at making the New York Islanders roster?
New Jersey: The split squad of the New Jersey Devils won a pair of NHL preseason games on Monday, beating the Montreal Canadiens on the road and the Philadelphia Flyers at home.
Carolina: Vasily Ponomarev, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect, is out due to a knee injury.
Colorado: Three former Dallas Stars players – Frederic Olofsson, Riley Tufte and Joel Kiviranta – are seeking jobs with the Colorado Avalanche.
Chicago: Analyzing the goal scoring of the Chicago Blackhawks since 2020.
Nashville: Prospect Tanner Molendyk is one of the players the Nashville Predators were acquiring via the Mattias Ekholm trade.
Los Angeles: One time lottery pick Alex Turcotte was among the Los Angeles Kings looking good during the club’s preseason games in Australia.
Vegas: Patience is a virtue and Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Zach Whitecloud was revealing to VHN’s Chris Gawlik how patience is helping improve his game.
San Jose: Nikita Okhotiuk, a prospect with the San Jose Sharks, is viewed as a throwback due to his old-school approach to the game.