Barry Brennan, after being told late last week that he would not be returning to the Blue Jackets as strength and conditioning coach next season, has accepted the same post with the Atlanta Thrashers, The Dispatch has learned
Brennan, who interviewed with Alanta GM Rick Dudley shortly after the NHL scouting combine, has signed a three-year contract with the Thrashers.
Not sure what to give you from a Columbus perspective. Strength and Conditioning coaches aren't very high profile. Brennan got high marks a few seasons ago for instituting a Strength and Conditioning "Summer Camp" for many of the Blue Jackets prospects, and players like Jared Boll, and Derrick Dorsett made the team after those sessions, when they weren't expected to. So it looked like he really worked wonders for them.
On the negative side, we also heard quite a bit about how our guys were out of shape. When we traded Torres to Buffalo at the trade deadline, they actually sat him for a while because he wasn't in "game shape."
Don't count too much on the AJC for being on top of things when it comes to minor signings, like a strength coach or prospect. That stuff usually comes down hours to a few days later, or whenever the Thrashers main site is updated with a press release.
That said, I really don't have much of an opinion on this signing. Just hope he knows what he did wrong last year, and doesn't screw up this year.