Darryl Sydor won’t be back for another season as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.
Michael Russo of the Minneapolis StarTribune, citing “multiple sources,” reported Monday that Sydor, who owns a chunk of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, won’t be re-signed when his contract expires on June 30.
Russo also reported that veteran assistant coach Rick Wilson, 65, also won’t be retained.
The moves are part and parcel of what can happen when a team undergoes a head coaching change. The Wild fired
Mike Yeo during the season and installed John Torchetti as the interim head coach. Following the season, the Wild hired Bruce Boudreau, who had been the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks before being fired when their season ended.
Sydor, 44, was with the Wild through five seasons. He was on Yeo’s staff for two seasons with the Houston Aeros, then the Wild’s AHL affiliate. Yeo and Sydor joined the Wild after the Aeros won the AHL’s 2010-11 championship.
Sydor, a native of Edmonton, played three-plus seasons (1988-92) with the Blazers. After starting the 1991-92 season with the Los Angeles Kings, who had selected him with the seventh overall pick in the NHL’s 1990 draft, Sydor was returned to the Blazers and was part of their 1992 Memorial Cup-championship team.
He went on to play 1,291 regular-season NHL games and 155 playoff games. He was on two Stanley Cup-winning teams — the 1998-99 Dallas Stars and the 2003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning.
Sydor retired after playing 47 games with the St. Louis Blues in 2009-10.
Sydor is one of four ex-Blazers who own a total of 49 per cent of the Blazers. Tom Gaglardi, who also owns the Stars, is the majority owner. Sydor, Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla and Mark Recchi are the minority owners.
Wilson, a former assistant and head coach of the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders (1980-88), had been with the Wild through six seasons. He has been an NHL assistant coach since 1988.