WEST VALLEY CITY - Utah Grizzlies' director of hockey operations and head coach Kevin Colley announced Wednesday that defenseman Jeff Dwyer has retired to become his assistant.Let's go over the dominoes, shall we? Hartley's firing brings in Anderson and his assistant Nelson. Anderson's departure brings in Granato, who hires Jason Christie out of Utah as his assistant. Christie's departure promotes Colley to head coach, Colley hires Jeff Dwyer. Yep, that's six degrees of coaches all right.
Dwyer played 56 games for Utah last season, when he was a team captain. He also appeared in 15 playoff games during the Grizzlies' march to the conference finals. In addition, the 27-year-old Dwyer earned three call-ups to Bridgeport.
"It was a tough decision to retire, but I am excited to go behind the bench," said Dwyer.
Dwyer was a former Thrashers prospect, for those who don't remember him. I'm actually surprised he wants to coach. I thought he would put that Yale education to work and go make some money. Good luck to him though.
And in other former prospect news, Kurtis Foster is back on the ice. Recall that he smashed up his leg in a touch-up race last year.
Defenseman Kurtis Foster stepped onto the ice Tuesday morning in Minneapolis for the first time since sustaining a season-ending broken femur March 19 in San Jose.
After months of grueling rehab, Foster said Tuesday was an important step toward an eventual return to action sometime this season. He skated gingerly for 40 minutes.
"It felt good," Foster said. "I'm still a long ways away [from playing], but it felt so good to be out there. It wasn't pretty, but I'm excited."