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AHL Coaching Contracts Not Renewed

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that the American Hockey League coaching contracts of Syracuse Crunch Head Coach Ross Yates and Assistant Coaches Trent Cull and Karl Goehring will not be renewed for the 2010-11 season. The Blue Jackets will begin the process of evaluating candidates and selecting a coaching staff for the Springfield Falcons, the club's new AHL affiliate, for the 2010-11 season in the near future.

"On behalf of the Blue Jackets organization, I want to thank Ross, Trent and Karl for the work they've done over the years with the Crunch and the young players in our system. They are outstanding coaches and quality people and we wish them well," said Blue Jackets Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland, who oversees hockey operations for the club's professional affiliates. "At this time, we felt it was in the best interest of the organization to take a fresh look at our coaching situation next season in Springfield and we will do so over the course of the next several weeks."

Yates has spent the past 10 years with the Crunch. He served as an assistant to current Blue Jackets Assistant Coach Gary Agnew from 2000-06 before being named the head coach prior to the 2006-07 season. In four seasons, he guided Syracuse to a 154-131-35 record (.536) in 320 regular season games, including a 34-39-7 mark in 2009-10. His best season was 2007-08 when the Crunch went 46-26-8 and qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Cull has been an assistant coach for the Crunch for the past four seasons, joining the club prior to the 2006-07 season. He played 10 professional seasons as a defenseman in the American and International Hockey Leagues, including two seasons in Syracuse, and registered 20-50-70 and 1,049 penalty minutes in 435 career AHL games. Goehring joined the Syracuse coaching staff this season following an eight-year professional career that included parts of five seasons with the Crunch.

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