Craig Berube is going back behind a bench. He’s been named head coach of the St. Louis Blues’ AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. Berube was most recently a bench boss in Philadelphia. He was fired by the Flyers at the end of the 2014-15 season, eventually replaced by Dave Hakstol. This won’t be Berube’s first time as head coach in the AHL. He served as the Phantoms’ head coach in 2007-08, going 46-27-7 before losing in the second round of the playoffs. Berube, 50, was rumored to be a candidate for a number of assistant positions in the NHL, but this job — i.e., being in charge of a team — may be a better route to getting back to the NHL as a head coach. It worked for Mike Sullivan, after all.
Despite a tough campaign, Jason Zucker has gotten a vote of confidence from Minnesota — and a nice raise to boot. On Wednesday, the Wild inked Zucker to a two-year, $4 million extension, one that carries at $2M average annual cap hit. After scoring 21 goals in just 51 games two years ago, Zucker only found the back of the net 13 times.