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Detroit – The Red Wings appear to be closing on their final assistant coaching position.

They’ve received permission to interview former Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards for the final vacancy on Jeff Blashill’s staff, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Richards is currently an assistant coach on Team USA in the world championship in Russia.

Richards’ role on the Red Wings would be overseeing the power play and forwards.

Richards, 49, has extensive NHL experience, which the Red Wings are looking for in the assistant’s position. He coached the Blue Jackets to a 127-112-21 record over three seasons, before being fired when Columbus opened this past season 0-7-0.

Before Columbus, Richards also coached the Wild and has a 204-183-37 overall record in the NHL.

He’s also been an assistant with the Sharks and Blue Jackets, before earning the head coaching position in Columbus.

Last week, the Red Wings named Doug Houda to oversee the defense and penalty kill, replacing Tony Granato, who took over the head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin.

The Red Wings have also named Jeff Salajko as the goaltending coach, replacing Jim Bedard.

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