NHL notes: Muller moving to Milwaukee?
|Kirk Muller helps run a Canadiens practice in Montreal, Que., April 25, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)
Looks like Kirk Muller has himself a new gig.
But it won't be in the NHL.
According to a number of online reports, Muller is expected to be hired by the Nashville Predators as the coach of their minor-league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL. The job will give Muller head coaching experience he needs to get a top job in the NHL.
He has been an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens since 2006, getting the job with the Habs after one season running the Queen's (University) Gaels.
In a 19-year NHL career with six teams, Muller played 1,349 games and racked up 959 points, including 357 goals. He played 267 of those games with the Canadiens and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 1993.
Semyon won't sign
Rumours are building that restricted free agent goaltender Semyon Varlamov will be leaving the Washington Capitals.
With youngsters Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby crowding the Caps goalie stable, Varlamov is unlikely to sign a new deal with Washington, according to a tweet from blogger Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy.
The 23-year-old Russian could bolt to the KHL, where he could command upwards of $4 million per season, despite playing in just 27 games last season due to injuries.
Neuvirth played the bulk of games last season, going 27-12-4-4 in 45 starts, while Holtby sparkled in a limited engagement, winning 10 of 12 starts while posting a 1.79 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts remembered former NHL tough guy Bob Probert Sunday.
Roughly 800 bikers took part in the inaugural Bob Probert Memorial Ride through Essex County (Ont.) before finishing up in Windsor. The charity event was held at a memorial for Probert, who died of heart failure July 5, 2010, at age 45.
"This is a very emotional time for me to be over here and I'm honoured to be part of today's event," ex-teammate Chris Chelios, honorary captain for the ride, told the Windsor Star. "It's a great tribute to the people of Windsor supporting Bob and I'm very honoured to be a friend of Bob's and to be part of his as an honorary captain."