The Red Wings have two assistant coaching vacancies to fill before the start of the 2016-17 Season. Tony Granato accepted the head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin, while Pat Ferschweiler was reassigned to Detroit’s press box.
The good news is the Red Wings have several options to replace them. GM Ken Holland and head coach Jeff Blashill have reportedly already been in discussions with more than one potential candidate. While no names have been released, here are a few of the top candidates Detroit could be considering.
1. Paul MacLean
Red Wings fans will instantly recognize this name, as MacLean served as an assistant coach for the Red Wings under Mike Babcock from 2005-11.
He left Detroit to take the head coaching job with the Ottawa Senators in June of 2011, a position he held until his firing midway through the 2014-15 season. He was named an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks under coach Bruce Boudreau in June of 2015, returning to the franchise he had previously served with Mike Babcock before they both came to the Red Wings.
He won the Jack Adams award in 2013 as the NHL’s top head coach.