Justin Cohn's stunt double here, Ben Smith, filling in while Justin takes a few well-deserved days off ...
Anyway, here's what I've got: Although the Atlanta Thrashers are still denying it, Canadian media sources are reporting that former Komet and Chicago Wolves coach John Anderson is about to be hired as the Thrashers new coach.
This is welcome and long overdue news for a guy who, like fellow ex-Komet and NHL coach of the year Bruce Boudreau, has paid some long and profitable dues behind the bench in the minors. Can't believe a guy with Anderson's resume hasn't gotten a shot before now.
Also, the Bloomington Prairie Thunder has hired 37-year-old Jarrod Skalde as its new head coach. Skalde, who played parts of nine seasons in the NHL in a 17-year playing career, served as player-assistant for Bloomington for the first half of last season.
-- Ben Smith