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by George Malik on 05/27/11 at 05:44 AM ET
The Detroit Free Press’s Helene St. James delivers something of a late-night bombshell: the Red Wings have already chosen to part ways with assistant coach Brad McCrimmon, she reports that the team would like to re-sign Paul MacLean as Mike Babcock’s other assistant, but Maclean wants to “test the market” regarding potential head coaching positions:
“We’ve offered him a contract,” general manager Ken Holland said this week of MacLean. “We’re prepared to sit tight for a bit. He’s hoping to get an opportunity to interview with some of the head-coaching jobs available.”
Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey and Ottawa are all looking for bench bosses. MacLean, 53, interviewed last summer with Columbus, which ended up hiring Scott Arniel. Holland said no team has called to ask permission to speak with MacLean, but it’s not uncommon for teams to wait until June before looking at candidates.
The Wings parted ways last week with assistant coach Brad McCrimmon, who took over when Todd McLellan left to take the head-coaching job in San Jose three years ago. They have yet to interview any replacements.
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