The Pipeline Show has learned that the Springfield Falcons will have a new face behind their bench this year as Rob Daum will not reprise his role with the AHL team. The Columbus Blue Jackets have not yet announced who their new bench boss will be as they take over the affiliation with Springfield but we're told that it will not be Daum who held the position for the last season and a half under the Oilers partnership.
UPDATE (10:59 AM): The Columbus Blue Jackets have just announced the appointment of Bob Riley to the job. Riley was a longtime coach at Army in the NCAA ranks and has been an area scout for the Blue Jackets for the past 4 years.
Daum has coached at the WHL, CIS, AHL and NHL levels and has been successful at each stop along the way. Every player that we have spoken with has raved about Daum and his contribution to their development including the last few years on teams that struggled for various reasons.
He's an excellent coach that deserves an opportunity somewhere and if not for such a late season release from the Oilers, Daum probably wouldn't be in the unenviable position that he's currently in.