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The Daily: WHL Suspends Constantine Indefinitely; Canadiens May be Forced to Keep Son Of Former Red Wings Player

Primeau may stick with Habs by default



Kevin Constantine, former NHL coach
The WHL is suspending coach Kevin Consntantine indefinitely.

Kevin Constantine was once coaching the San Jose Sharks to a shock playoff series win over the Detroit Red Wings. With the latest developments in Constantine’s world, it wouldn’t be shocking if he were never coaching another game.

The WHL is suspending Constantine, coach of the Wenatchee Wild, indefinitely for what the league is terming making derogatory comments of a discriminatory nature.

Should Constantine wish to return to coaching in the WHL, he will be required to formally apply for reinstatement to the WHL Commissioner. Constantine will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement until July 2025 at the earliest.

Oddly enough, Constantine’s ouster comes in the same season that the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes were hiring Mike Babcock disciple Bill Peters to coach their club. A few years back, Peters was handed his dismissal from the AHL Rockford IceHogs. He was let go for uttering racial slurs at player Akim Aliu.

Babcock was tendering his resignation as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets last month. It became known that he was taking his player’s phones and rifling through their photos and texts.

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Red Wings Next Game

Detroit will be closing out the NHL preseason at home on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET). Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde is indicating that he’ll be using this game as a dress rehearsal for the club’s Oct. 12 NHL regular season opener at New Jersey. Lalonde intends to go with as close to the lineup he’ll be playing against the Devils as is possible.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Will this be the opening-night roster for the Boston Bruins?

Florida: Defenseman Matt Kiersted is fighting for a spot on the playing roster of the Florida Panthers.

Montreal: Will circumstances be forcing the Montreal Canadiens to keep goaltender Cayden Primeau with the big club? The son of former Red Wings center Keith Primeau must clear NHL waivers to go the AHL.

Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Penguins went with a veteran-laden lineup for their final NHL exhibition game.

Philadelphia: Winger Joel Farabee is looking like his old self for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Washington: Ethen Frank, top goal scoring producer for the AHL Hershey Bears, was gaining a recall to the Washington Capitals.

Islanders: Who will be skating with Bo Horvat and Mathew Barzal on the top line for the New York Islanders?

Carolina: Yes, they are stocking up on defense. But that doesn’t mean the Carolina Hurricanes are looking into trading Brady Skjei or Brett Pesce.

New Jersey: The New Jersey Devils  were putting defenseman Cal Foote on waivers. He’s the son former Colorado Avalanche Red Wings tormentor Adam Foote.

Colorado: Justus Annunen is making his case to be a regular NHL netminder for the Colorado Avalanche.

Chicago: It’s time for those players on the bubble to make a final push for a spot with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Nashville: Defenseman Mark Del Gaizo is making a late push for a spot with the Nashville Predators.

Vegas: Zach Whitecloud, William Karlsson and Alec Martinez are all injured as the regular season nears for the Vegas Golden Knights.

San Jose: It’s appearing to be a long shot that the injury to San Jose Sharks star Logan Couture will be healing in time for him be good to go for opening night.