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McCrimmon out, Boughner in for the Red Wings?

Things have gotten interesting and interesting fast regarding the Red Wings’ decision to allow assistant coach Brad McCrimmon to pursue a head coaching job with another NHL team: the PostMedia news (a.k.a. the Canada.com network), in an as-yet uncredited quip likely originating from the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff or Dave Waddell, reports that the Red Wings may pursue Windsor Spitfires owner Bob Boughner, who just left the Columbus Blue Jackets’ coaching staff to stay closer to home:

“Bob Boughner is a young coach that would likely have to be a candidate,” Wings GM Ken Holland said. “Obviously, he’s accomplished a lot as a junior coach. I think he’d have to be a name on our list.”

Boughner became available after he resigned as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday after just one season, citing his desire to be home with his family and be able to tend to his main business interest in the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires. On the surface, the Wings assistant’s job would seem to be a good fit for Boughner. He’d get to continue to coach in the NHL, grooming himself for the head coaching job he covets, while still being able to live at home.

“Mike (Babcock) has to put a list of names together first,” Holland said of whether he had started to contact any candidates. “Once Mike knows in his own mind what he wants and nails it down to three or four people we’ll get going. I think that’ll probably be next week.”

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