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Iowa Wild names former NHLer as assistant coach, plus other NHL news and notes

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Prolific NHLer, Stanley Cup winner and NHL Network analyst Alex Tanguay was named by general manager Tom Kurvers as an assistant coach of the Iowa Wild on Tuesday, joining head coach Tim Army and fellow assistant Brett McLean behind the bench in Des Moines.

Tanguay played over 1000 games in 15 NHL seasons during stints with Colorado, Calgary, Montreal, Tampa Bay and Arizona, scoring 283 goals and 863 points. Most recently, Tanguay has been a full-time analyst for the NHL Network.

For more info on the signing, take a look at the PR announcement from the Iowa Wild.

As a Wild fan (and before that, a Red Wings fan thanks to my father), I’m hesitant to root for anyone who spent a large chunk of their career with the Avalanche. But adding to the coaching staff someone who has that level of experience, high-level ability and a championship pedigree has to be a good thing, especially when he’ll be helping lead the next generation of Wild players.

Welcome, Alex! Best of luck in Iowa.

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Iowa Wild add former Stanley Cup champion to coaching staff – Twin Cities
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