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Thursday Sharks Links: Rob Zettler a dark horse coaching candidate

Your daily assortment of links to news and analysis from around the hockey world.

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  • In his weekly 30 Thoughts column, Elliotte Friedman indicated that former Sharks assistant coach and current Syracuse Crunch bench boss Rob Zettler could be a stealth candidate to replace Todd McLellan. [Sportsnet]
  • Matt Nieto and Mirco Mueller had to turn down invites to compete on Team USA and Team Switzerland, respectively, at the 2015 IIHF World Championship tournament. Mueller missed the last two weeks of the season with a broken thumb while Nieto played through a foot fracture. [CSN Bay Area]
  • Brent Burns, Tomas Hertl and Ben Smith will be competing in that tournament, which begins tomorrow in Prague. Here, again, is a full roundup of the schedule and TV viewing info. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Braydon Coburn broke a 0-0 deadlock in the third period as the Lightning beat the Red Wings in last night's Game 7. Tampa Bay moves on to face Montreal in the second round. [Raw Charge]
  • Detroit head coach Mike Babcock, who completed the final year of his contract, wouldn't discuss future plans but did drop some cryptic hints. [Yahoo Sports]
  • Last night's result sets the round two bracket as Lightning-Canadiens, Rangers-Capitals, Blackhawks-Wild and Ducks-Flames. Here are some predictions! [Eye On Hockey]
  • Carey Price was named the Hart Trophy winner as league MVP yesterday. Er, I'm sorry, I meant Price, Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares were announced as Hart finalists. I'm sure all three have an equal chance of winning. [NHL.com]