Monday State Sports Briefs: Candiens' Muller set to be named Admirals' new head coachWisconsin Sports
-- An assistant with the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens is expected to be named today as the next head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals.
MILWAUKEE - An assistant with the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens is expected to be named today as the next head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says Kirk Muller will be introduced at a noon news conference in Nashville – home of the Admirals’ parent NHL club. The 45-year-old Muller has been with Montreal since 2006, and he was snubbed recently for NHL coaching jobs in New Jersey and Dallas. Muller will replace Lane Lambert, who was recently promoted to an assistant coach’s spot with the Predators. Muller played for 19 years in the NHL, with 357 goals and over 600 assists. He won’t join the Admirals right away. The Journal-Sentinel says he’ll check out the Nashville Predators’ rookie camp, which begins tomorrow. Milwaukee is the Predators’ top minor league team. The Admirals are coming off nine consecutive playoff seasons.
Brewers’ reliever Mark DiFelice was sent back down to Triple-“A” Nashville after yesterday’s game. The right-hander only spent down nine days with the big club. It creates a roster move, so manager Ron Roenicke can do one of two things he’s been talking about – returning left-hander Zach Braddock to the Milwaukee bullpen, or promoting Mat Gamel from Nashville as a designated hitter this week. Braddock has been away for a few weeks while recovering from a sleep disorder. Roenicke says he would call up a special DH only if he felt one of his full-time players needed some time off his feet this week. Milwaukee will use a DH for the next six games at Yankee Stadium and Minnesota.
Media reports say former Wisconsin running back Zach Brown will use his final year of college eligibility at Pittsburgh this fall. The fifth-year senior does not have to wait a year because he played three seasons, and he expects to graduate in August. Brown ran for 568 yards during his first year in Madison in 2007. But he fell out of favor as James White and Montee Ball moved up the depth chart – and he didn’t play much as the Badgers’ No. 4 running back a year ago. Brown said last month he would transfer. He ended up with 1,152 rushing yards at Wisconsin.