Calgary Flames Set To Name New Head Coach

The Calgary Flames are poised to stay in-house for their new head coach, as a breaking report from NHL Insider Kevin Weekes has them naming assistant Ryan Huska as the new bench boss.
NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman had broken the fact late Thursday night that Huska had emerged as the leading contender.

Nothing is done until it's done, but the indication I got is that Ryan Huska... who spent the last five seasons as assistant coach of the Calgary Flames, is the leading contender. It is trending in that direction.

But now, according to Weekes, it seems that it is done, and will be announced officially on Mondah.  

Like the team's new GM, Craig Conroy, the 47-year-old Huska is extraordinarily familiar with the Flames personnel from his last half-decade there. Huska was also the head coach of the Flames' AHL affiliates for four years, the Adirondack Flames and Stockton Heat, posting a career mark of 135-118-27 with those squads. 

Huska also has a WHL championship under his coaching belt, and a Memorial Cup Finals appearance as head man for the Kelowna Rockets in 2009. Overall, he's been coaching for 21 years. 

The Flames bid adieu to head coach Darryl Sutter after three years at the end of this past season.

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