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Wings assistant Paul MacLean lands his first interview in attempt to find a head coach’s position

The Free Press’s Helene St. James reported that the Red Wings plan on both waiting until the team’s organizational meetings take place in the middiel of June to decide whether to bring Chris Osgood and Kris Draper back, and the team will also wait until after their remaining assistant coach, Paul MacLean, makes his circuit of NHL teams in an attempt to land a head coaching job before the team goes looking for Brad McCrimmon and possibly MacLean’s replacements…

And this morning, MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that MacLean’s going to speak to Bryan Murray about the Ottawa Senators’ coaching vacancy:

Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean has interviewed for the Ottawa Senators head coaching position, a league source said.

MacLean, whose contract expired at the end of the season, has been offered an extension by the Red Wings. He will first seek an NHL head coaching job.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray was the GM in Anaheim when he hired MacLean as an assistant coach in 2002 under head coach Mike Babcock.


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George Malik's avatar

Right now the prevailing theory is that the Wings could entice Boughner out of his decision to step away from coaching and focus on the Spitfires, and after that…

I don’t know, honestly. I think that we have to place Wings video coach Keith McKittrick into the equation, as well as Jim Paek or Curt Fraser, because they know the system and McKittirck is actually pretty involved in coaching activities.

After that, you’re talking about whoever doesn’t land a head coaching job. Mississauga’s Dave Cameron, Kirk Muller, Craig MacTavish, Hitchcock, Michel Therrien, Bob Hartley, maybe Todd Richards or even John MacLean...There are options, and we do know that Babs will also ask Dave King if he’s willing to leave Phoenix as those two are old pals.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/01/11 at 04:04 AM ET

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Michel Therrien. Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/01/11 at 03:04 AM ET

Good gravy NOOOOOO.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 06/01/11 at 11:30 AM ET

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