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Assistant Brad McCrimmon Not Returning To Red Wings Next Season

Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Brad McCrimmon will not be back next season. After spending the last three years in Detroit, he is leaving to "pursue other career opportunities."

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"I'd like to thank Brad for his dedication and tremendous work in serving as an assistant coach for the Red Wings,'' Detroit general manager Ken Holland said in a statement. "We wish Brad and his family all the best in their future endeavors.''

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This appears to be a mutual split, leaving an opening on the coaching staff that will need to be filled this summer. Ansar Khan says that assistant Paul MacLean's contract has also expired, although "he might be re-signed."

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MacLean has been with Mike Babcock going back to his days in Anaheim with the Ducks. McCrimmon joined the Red Wings only in 2008-09 to replace Todd McLellan, who left after helping Detroit win a Stanley Cup to become the Sharks' head coach.