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Former Red Wings assistant coach Brad McCrimmon will coach Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL

Surprising news: Via Sports.ru’s Vadim Kuznestov’s tip, former Red Wings assistant coach Brad McCrimmon will coach Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL this upcoming season.

Lokomotiv is a perennial contender with superb ownership and sponsors who are committed to spending money to win.

Their website confirms the news.

Update: Sports.ru notes that no terms have been released for McCrimmon’s deal as of yet.

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w2j2's avatar

Is he going after those big bucks, which are tax free?  Jiri Hudler & Barry Smith must have told him all about it.

Posted by w2j2 on 05/29/11 at 06:45 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

With this year’s crop of coaches looking for a head coaching job, I think that he also knew that if he wanted to helm a team that had a chance to win something, he’d have to go to Europe.

If you look at the KHL and the Russian Superleague over the past ten years or so, even SKA St. Petersburg was a mess in the early 00’s. Lokomotiv, the Ak Bars, Avangard Omsk, Metallurg Magnitogorsk and CSKA, those have been the only teams that have truly received a consistent mandate from their ownership and significant bucks on a year-by-year basis.

McCrimmon’s made a good choice, and Kuznetsov told me that the team made a big splash by signing Pavol Demitra, so they’re going for a championship this upcoming season.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/29/11 at 07:02 AM ET

Chet's avatar

he’s going to love those frequent flier miles…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/29/11 at 09:44 AM ET

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