"New Jersey did it the right way and called us first and asked if they could talk with our head coach," team manager Sven Leuenberger confirms to Klaus Zaugg (Watson). "We allowed it, but we made it very clear that we weren't releasing him from his contract."
Rikard Grönborg has no NHL out clause in his contract. That was by design as the ZSC Lions wanted some consistency for their team. However, it is no secret that it is the Swede's goal to coach in the NHL. Given New Jersey's interest that might happen sooner rather than later. His contract expires at the end of the 2020-21 season.