Doug Shedden, let go by the Maple Leafs after his contract with St. John's expired, is now head coach of IFK Helsinki.
"They're like the Montreal Canadiens of the Finnish League, they've been around about 100 years," Shedden said yesterday. "There are not a lot of jobs open in North America right now because everyone's unsure with the lockout, so I feel lucky."
Shedden led the Baby Leafs to a franchise-record 46 wins and initially turned down the IFK job because he thought he'd be moving to Toronto with the Marlies. But he was not retained after an early playoff exit.
The Marlies could lose their scoring leader, David Ling, who had 28 goals and 60 assists last season with St. John's. The free agent is considering playing in Europe and could end up with Shedden in Helsinki.