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As with many NHL coaches, one phone call is usually to the head athletic trainer to check on the team's health."Then it goes into some different things with connecting with our staff and making sure that our players are being talked to, connected by someone through our organization whether it's [strength and conditioning coach] Mark Nemish -- who's done a great job of getting everybody workouts to be able to do at home, and that's something that he sends out and we go through -- and then our individual coaching staff reaching out to guys and just staying on top of things and checking in," Reirden said.However, coaches are also checking in with their contemporaries, something they usually don't get the time or opportunity to do until the NHL Draft.Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien has been exchanging thoughts and ideas on conference calls with other coaches. It's basically to keep us sharp, keep us in the loop, to keep chatting about our jobs."Sometimes, catching up is just a good way to pass the time.Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice joked that he and his staff talk every day, "because we're bored more than anything else." But they've also divvied up some tasks, including picking the Jets' game apart, which they usually do during the offseason, and looking at the possibility of small-group scenarios."One of the things that's been floated out there is at least the idea that it would be maybe a small group working together before the whole group was able to get together," Maurice said. So [we're looking at] those kinds of things."And therein lies the biggest issue with coaches and any work they do at this point: there are a lot of possibilities, with nothing being close to certain."Am I in season-ending mode where I've got to create some type of review video and sort out year-end meetings with players? Krueger's session, a 45-minute presentation followed by a 45-minute Q&A, talked about leadership methods and the best ways for European players to transition to the NHL."The goal and dream of every player in Europe is not to end their career in their own country, but actually to make the National Hockey League," said Krueger, who was coach of Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. "We ended up watching it all over the last few days, so I'm up to speed with it."Video: Quenneville, Tippett, Trotz on NHL PauseIf there has been one positive as a result of the pause, it has been the opportunity for coaches to spend more time with their families.Bowness was recently in Arizona visiting his son, Pittsburgh Penguins director of professional scouting Ryan Bowness, who is expecting his first child with his wife this summer. The most important thing is to recognize that there are a lot of bigger things happening than sports, but when the health officials and League decide it's ready to play hockey, we'll be excited to get going."-- staff writers Tom Gulitti and Dave Stubbs contributed to this report

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