Red Wings do not retain longtime assistant Bedard
Detroit — The Red Wings are looking for a few good assistants.
On Monday, the contract of long-time goaltending coach Jim Bedard was not renewed, and assistant Pat Ferschweiler was reassigned from his role this season behind the bench.
The Red Wings already been looking to replace assistant Tony Granato, who left for Wisconsin.
So, the Red Wings find themselves needing to find two assistants for coach Jeff Blashill, along with a new goaltending coach.
“As we talked we came to the determination would would make some changes to the staff,” Holland said. “With Tony leaving, Jeff would like to get more experience.”
There is no timetable to hire the assistants, though Holland would like to do so by the end of May when most NHL coaching vacancies are filled and staffs are being hired.
Holland wouldn’t reveal any of the “few” candidates the Red Wings have spoken to, but there could be some intriguing names.
■Paul MacLean, a Red Wings assistant under Mike Babcock before becoming Senators coach.
■Mike Yeo, the former Wild coach
■Todd Richards, former Blue Jackets coach.
■Doug Houda, a former Bruins assistant and Red Wings player.
Former Red Wings player Chris Chelios, who communicated with assistants on the bench during games and worked with defensemen during practice last season, told the Red Wings he wasn’t interested in an assistant job because of family reasons.
Bedard, 59, had been goaltending coach the last 18 seasons. His contract expires July 1. He worked with Red Wings goaltenders throughout the organization, but primarily on the NHL roster.
A possible replacement could be Jeff Salajko, who was has been the goaltending development coach for Grand Rapids. Salajko has worked extensively with goaltender Petr Mrazek, and attended several Red Wings practices during the season.
Ferschweiler presided over a power play that stagnated most of the season before finishing 13th overall. It went 1-for-25 in the first-round series loss to the Lightning.
“We’ll make some changes and you’re hoping the changes will be for the better,” Holland said.
It’s unclear what role Ferchweiler will fill.
Holland said Pavel Datsyuk will return to Detroit after the World Championships in early June to inform the team on his decision to either return to the Red Wings for the final year of his contract in play in Russia.
... Holland said Luke Glendening withdrew from Team USA with a severe bone bruise.
... Tomas Tatar, bothered by a shoulder injury that left him unable to play in the World Championships, will not need surgery.