By Chris Block
In addition to the breaking news today that goaltending coach Stephane Waite is leaving the Chicago Blackhawks for the same position with the Montreal Canadiens, (this after last week when Stan Bowman said he expected Waite to stay with the Hawks) we can also confirm further coaching changes going on within the organization.
There has been a shuffling of the deck on the Rockford IceHogs coaching staff after the team failed to qualify for the AHL postseason for the third consecutive season.
Following up on some speculation we heard back in early May regarding the Rockford IceHogs coaching staff, the Chicago Blackhawks official site has removed the listing and profiles of Ben Simon and Steve Poapst, both assistant coaches for the IceHogs this past season.
We can confirm independently both Simon and Poapst have been released by the Blackhawks and are seeking new employment.
Ted Dent’s profile, as well that of goaltending coach Andrew Allen, are still listed on the Blackhawks web site. Dent’s two-year contract expired with the conclusion of this season but it would appear he’s staying. Dent was present in Boston at the Cup deciding Game 6 and for the parade and championship rally in Chicago on June 28th.
At this point, there has been no official word from the Blackhawks on these releases or who will be replacing the coaching roles vacated by Steve Poapst and Ben Simon.