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Former Red Wings Coach Dave Lewis Lands Job With Carolina Hurricanes

Short-lived Red Wings head coach Dave Lewis has found another job as an assistant coach with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.

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Lewis as you might recall was a long time Red Wings assistant coach under the legendary Scotty Bowman. He was initially hired in 1988 after his playing career ended (he spent the final two years as a Red Wing) by former head coach Jacques Demers and was retained under succeeding coaches Bryan Murray and Bowman. After Bowman retired in 2002, Lewis was the favorite to become the head honcho and indeed landed the job.

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However, inconsistency plagued Lewis as a head coach. He guided Detroit to a 96-41-27 (W-L-OTL/T) record in his two seasons, but was just 6-10 in the playoffs that resulted in two early exits on a team stacked with talent. He was let go in 2004 and suceeded by current coach Mike Babcock, who has guided the team to two Stanley Cup Finals appearances (with one win) and a conference final in his six seasons.

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Lewis latched on as a head coach in Boston in 2007, but lasted just one year after the Bruins missed the playoffs. His total head coaching record in the NHL is 131-82-33.

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