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Khan, Duff: Ferschweiler to the press box, Bedard’s contract not renewed

Updated 4x at 11:40 AM: From MLive's Ansar Khan:

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff confirms:

Update: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness also confirms:

Update #2: Here's Khan in text form:

"We need change," general manager Ken Holland said. "We're still trying to figure out exactly how we're putting the staff together. Jeff felt he wanted to put together a different staff, felt it was time for some change."

Holland said they interviewed a couple of assistant coaching candidates last week and Blashill has spoken to several more by phone. Some were waiting for a few clubs to fill their head coaching vacancies.

Bedard worked with goaltenders at every level within the team's system, but his mostly with the two on the NHL roster.

One possible candidate to replace him Jeff Salajko, the goaltending development coach for the Grand Rapids Griffins the past three seasons. He has worked closely with Petr Mrazek and even joined the Red Wings on the ice for practices in Columbus this past season.

Update #3: Here comes Ted Kulfan...

Update #4: Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James:

"When the interview process was over, we talked a little bit," Holland said. "Jim Bedard's contract was expiring. We're not renewing it."

Holland said there are talks about a severance package for Bedard, 59, who joined the organization in 1997.

Bedard took a break from a golf outing today with longtime friend and former goaltender Chris Osgood to reflect on nearly two decades with the Wings.

"I understand how hockey works," Bedard said. "Being in one place for that long, I have no regrets and memories to last a lifetime. I wish everyone the best. I have nothing but good vibes all the way around. I'm looking forward to the next part of my life."

The change behind the bench reflects a belief that the Wings will be better served by having two assistants with NHL-heavy experience. Tony Granato, who was in charge of the defense and penalty killing, left after the playoffs to become the head coach at Wisconsin. Ferschweiler, whom Blashill brought along when he was promoted from Grand Rapids last year, had no NHL experience. He was in charge of the forwards and the power play. The power play was egregiously poor this season, one year after finishing second overall in the NHL -- and without losing any key personnel, playerwise.

"Jeff would like to get a couple of assistants a little heavier on experience," Holland said. "With Tony Granato leaving and all the change in the industry, we decided to consider adding two assistants with more experience. Ideally, it will be an offensive guy and a defensive guy."

Update #4: Here's Ted Kulfan in text form:

Bedard had been goaltending coach for the last 18 seasons.

A possible replacement for Bedard could be Jeff Salajko, who has been the goaltending development coach for the minor league affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ferschweiler presided over a power play that stagnated most of the season before catching fire late in the season and finished 13th overall.

But the power play was 1-for-25 in the first-round series loss to Tampa Bay, a key reason the Red Wings were eliminated in five games.

The Red Wings are looking for experience in new assistant coaches for coach Jeff Blashill.

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Wow, was not expecting Bedard to be kicked to the curb, but with the goalie issues over the last few years it makes some sense.  Wonder whose available as a replacement?

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/09/16 at 10:30 AM ET

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RedWings have reassigned assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler, who’ll work from press box.

So he’s going to be coaching Jurco and Pulkkinen?

Posted by Garth on 05/09/16 at 10:30 AM ET

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Well ok then.  Bedard was a surprise, but as Hoot mentioned above, perhaps it was time for a fresh voice in the crease.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/09/16 at 10:31 AM ET

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Also, with 2 new bench assistants and a new goalie coach, does this put Blashill on notice if next season goes similar to this one?

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/09/16 at 10:32 AM ET

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Wow is right.
Ferschweiler getting booted makes sense, but Bedard? Maybe things are changing for real, this is completely not KH’s M.O.

Goalie struggles I’ve always attributed to swings in confidence, but seemingly every time a goalie spent time with Bedard they got better. Never even imagined there was an issue there.

Posted by George0211 on 05/09/16 at 10:33 AM ET

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Whoever is coaching goalie in WSH, pay that guy double to coach Razor and Howard over here.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 05/09/16 at 10:43 AM ET

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We need change

Whoa there Kenny. You might actually start earning your paycheck…

Posted by AZWinger on 05/09/16 at 11:01 AM ET

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I’ve got to imagine one of Bedard’s most important roles is to work with the guys on their positioning.  And both goalies have improved that dramatically.

Really surprised by this. 

Bye Ferschweiler.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/09/16 at 11:04 AM ET

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I’m starting to think Blashill did a year Kenny’s way, and now he’s pointing to the results and going to do things differently instead.

I’m starting to wonder if at the very least Richards and Datsyuk won’t be replaced but form within and the team gets younger too.

Posted by Primis on 05/09/16 at 11:05 AM ET

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“We need change”

Too bad that does not apply to the roster.  These moves were low hanging fruit, the real hard decisions come this summer, let’s see what “change” looks like to Holland.

Posted by bababooey on 05/09/16 at 11:09 AM ET

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Posted by Primis on 05/09/16 at 11:05 AM ET

I think this is more Kenny telling Blash he needed more experience than what Fershwhatever could give him. Also Blash doesn’t get rid of an 18 year long employee (who wasn’t that bad of a coach) without the GMs blessing. Maybe he could, but I doubt it.

Posted by weswolverine on 05/09/16 at 11:11 AM ET

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Too bad that does not apply to the roster.  These moves were low hanging fruit, the real hard decisions come this summer, let’s see what “change” looks like to Holland.

Posted by bababooey on 05/09/16 at 11:09 AM ET

Gotta start somewhere. I’m keeping my fingers crossed

Posted by George0211 on 05/09/16 at 11:12 AM ET

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I think this is more Kenny telling Blash he needed more experience than what Fershwhatever could give him. Also Blash doesn’t get rid of an 18 year long employee (who wasn’t that bad of a coach) without the GMs blessing. Maybe he could, but I doubt it.

Posted by weswolverine on 05/09/16 at 11:11 AM ET

Agreed. Was thinking the same exact thing.

Posted by George0211 on 05/09/16 at 11:13 AM ET

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I think Bedard’s age has some reasoning behind the change. Might be better off if you bring a younger goalie coach who is more adept to today’s playing styles.

Glad Feschweiler is up in the press box where he belongs. Blash did his buddy a favor but it was painfully obvious the guy had no business being behind an NHL bench. Perhaps he can learn a few things up there and be better off for it.

I’ll be curious to see who they bring in once the dust settles. I think Adam Oates is probably a good bet, maybe they can find someone else with coaching experience that’s looking to get back into the game.

Either way, it’s refreshing to see KH so far sticking to his word about much needed changes.

Posted by jpellek on 05/09/16 at 11:15 AM ET

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#RedWings have reassigned assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler, who’ll work from press box.

Well, the bathroom’s in the press box do need a lot of cleaning considering all of the crap that comes out of the MSM. So get your mop and bucket Freshloser and get to work.

“We need change,” general manager Ken Holland said.

Try saying that while looking in the mirror, Kenny. That’s where the real change needs to happens. Unfortunately, that mirror is probably just as brken as Blashill’s mythical “process.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/09/16 at 11:21 AM ET

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“Jeff would like to get a couple of assistants a little heavier on experience,” Holland said.

18 years for Bedard, hmmm

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/09/16 at 11:24 AM ET

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Imo these moves are surprising and KH has not done anything surprising in years, so this is a good start.

Posted by VPalmer on 05/09/16 at 11:44 AM ET

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So he’s going to be coaching Jurco and Pulkkinen?

Posted by Garth on 05/09/16 at 10:30 AM ET

I literally laughed out loud.  Absolute home run, Garth.

Posted by captaineclectic on 05/09/16 at 11:48 AM ET

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Why not just outright fire Ferschweiler? Keeping him with the team where he has even an ounce of influence doesn’t makes sense. It’s like having that lump Gene Lamont in Brad’s ear for the Tigers.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/09/16 at 11:51 AM ET

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Imo these moves are surprising and KH has not done anything surprising in years, so this is a good start.

Good point.  I’m very, VERY cautiously optimistic that this is a good sign.

Posted by captaineclectic on 05/09/16 at 11:48 AM ET

Why thank you.  smile

Posted by Garth on 05/09/16 at 11:55 AM ET

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  So he’s going to be coaching Jurco and Pulkkinen?

  Posted by Garth on 05/09/16 at 10:30 AM ET

I literally laughed out loud.  Absolute home run, Garth.

Posted by captaineclectic on 05/09/16 at 11:48 AM ET

Yeah, thanks Garth. Now I need to clean the coffee off my keyboard.

Posted by socalwingnut on 05/09/16 at 11:56 AM ET

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I said in another thread a while ago that I thought maybe it was time for a new goalie coach.  I like Bedard, and he has done well, but 18 years is a long time.  The game has changed a lot and Mrazek is a much more aggressive goalie who might benefit from a younger more aggressive coach.  Hmmm, changes are happening.  I was afraid with Tampa moving on that the Wings would go with the old line of “we were right there with a very good team.” It’s also interesting to note that Holland is making it sound like these changes are coming from Blash.  Just covering his butt in case things don’t pan out or is Blashill really taking control of this team?  Interesting times ahead.

Posted by Tracy from T-Town Hockey on 05/09/16 at 11:57 AM ET

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More good news, Crawford just signed on as an assistant with Ottawa, so I consider that bullet dodged.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/09/16 at 11:57 AM ET

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Keeping him with the team where he has even an ounce of influence doesn’t makes sense.

Why?  He was hired for a reason.  He may not be right for the PP, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got something to offer.

Maybe.

Posted by Garth on 05/09/16 at 11:58 AM ET

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Why?  He was hired for a reason.  He may not be right for the PP, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got something to offer.

Maybe.

Posted by Garth on 05/09/16 at 11:58 AM ET

Well, he was hired because he was Blash’s PP guy in GR, so if hes no longer contributing to the PP, what does he have left to offer, other than being Holland’s snack bitch?

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/09/16 at 12:06 PM ET

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More good news, Crawford just signed on as an assistant with Ottawa, so I consider that bullet dodged.

Would KH re-hire MacLean?  I gotta think MacLean probably not interested, but, who knows.

Posted by duhduhduh on 05/09/16 at 12:07 PM ET

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I don’t suppose it would do any good to lobby for The Professor.

Posted by duhduhduh on 05/09/16 at 12:09 PM ET

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Well, he was hired because he was Blash’s PP guy in GR, so if hes no longer contributing to the PP, what does he have left to offer, other than being Holland’s snack bitch?

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/09/16 at 12:06 PM ET

C’mon now, Ferschwiler may not have had a good year, but he’s not some Holland crony.

He’s obviously Blashill’s crony.

Posted by captaineclectic on 05/09/16 at 12:12 PM ET

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He’s obviously Blashill’s crony.

Posted by captaineclectic on 05/09/16 at 12:12 PM ET

Good, maybe he can run some of that great press box grub down to Blash during games so he doesnt get hangry and start playing jersey # bingo with the lines.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/09/16 at 12:17 PM ET

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I wonder if Todd Nelson gets any consideration as an assistant.

Posted by Garth on 05/09/16 at 12:18 PM ET

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So there’s now 2 spots on the Wings bench, can someone say, Assistant Coach Dan Cleary?

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 05/09/16 at 01:01 PM ET

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I was afraid with Tampa moving on that the Wings would go with the old line of “we were right there with a very good team.”

Except they got worked.

I’m very ready to give this team a fresh chance. Next season will be the biggest roster changes this team has seen in a while. I’d like KH to make some proactive moves this summer though, both to move some guys in and out. I’m not optimistic this will happen though.

Will be interesting regardless, Blashill has his work cut out for him.

Posted by awould on 05/09/16 at 01:18 PM ET

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Won’t happen, doesn’t involve NHL coaching experience, but I wonder if Chris Chelios would want to and would do a good job as an assistant in charge of PK and defense.

I know he’s been more focused on the development, which is maybe a bit too granular for an assistant job? I really don’t know.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/09/16 at 02:09 PM ET

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Won’t happen, doesn’t involve NHL coaching experience, but I wonder if Chris Chelios would want to and would do a good job as an assistant in charge of PK and defense.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet!

Cheli has made it crystal clear that he’s not interested in a full-time job. He’s involved with his kids and he wants to stick with his current part-time “consulting” job.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/09/16 at 02:13 PM ET

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I wouldn’t expect any big personnel changes with the roster.  52 and 55 are not going anywhere and have unmovable contracts even if you wanted to move them. 8 has a terrible contract and management insist on trying to make him a top 6 forward when he is a 3rd liner at best.

Posted by jb61973 on 05/09/16 at 03:04 PM ET

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Posted by jb61973 on 05/09/16 at 03:04 PM ET

I always wonder how people can follow the NHL and see the worst contracts in the league get traded yet somehow still think that there is such a thing as a contract that can’t be traded.

Posted by Garth on 05/09/16 at 03:33 PM ET

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Surprised about Bedard, but maybe time for a change. I met him once. Nice fellow. With coaching changes maybe more player movement is possible than we thought? confused

Posted by bigfrog on 05/09/16 at 03:35 PM ET

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The fact Bedard’s gone signals Howard is being traded.

With the cap you just can’t put $10M into the G position (even if you have Hasek, Price, or any other MVP goalie). Letting go of a current goaltenders long-tendered position coach is a pretty good indication of what the Wings intend.

Good for Howard, he might have played his way onto another team as a starting goalie with the team’s run up to the playoffs. Let us just hope KH can get something more than a bag of pucks for him.

Posted by d ca on 05/09/16 at 04:27 PM ET

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we need change

Step 1, Kenny, is acknowledging that publicly. Step 2, address the coaching staff shortcomings. Step 3 plus up the front office to find someone who knows how to trade and maybe another junior scout. Step 4, shake up the roster.

So far, check and check on steps 1 and 2.  Like many others on this thread, I feel kind of optimistic.  Obviously what happens leading up to and during the draft will be very telling from a roster management perspective. I reference that small window of time because it doesn’t seem like trades happen very often outside of the draft or trade deadline.

Posted by All American in MN on 05/09/16 at 11:24 PM ET

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I always wonder how people can follow the NHL and see the worst contracts in the league get traded yet somehow still think that there is such a thing as a contract that can’t be traded.

Posted by Garth on 05/09/16 at 03:33 PM ET

Very true. I used to fall for the trope but it’s been so thoroughly disproven empirically. Heck, just the Flyers and Kings alone have pretty much proven there’s no such thing as untradeable contracts/players. To say nothing of some of the scraps the Jackets have taken, or even some of the moves (gasp) the Laffs have been able to make.

Even in a flat cap year, there’s really no excuse for Ken Holland to NOT unload Howard, even if he has to retain some salary. And there’s no excuse for him to NOT unload Pav’s deal if Pav does in fact “retire.”

Hell, I’d be willing to eat half of Howie’s cap hit if that’s what it took. But I don’t think it will—there are teams that need goalies and may need salary on the books to boot. Winnipeg doesn’t know if they can trust Pavelec. The Canes need salary for next year, are clearly done with Ward, and Lack doesn’t look like a sure thing. And the Flames, while they have a lot of RFAs that will get them over the floor easily, still have no apparent solution in goal.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/10/16 at 10:12 AM ET

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