Wings to interview ex-Senators coach Cameron

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Dave Cameron

Detroit – Another former NHL head coach has emerged as a possible candidate for the Red Wings’ vacant assistant coach job.

Dave Cameron, who was head coach in Ottawa for nearly two seasons, was given permission from the Senators to interview with the Red Wings.

Cameron, 57, was fired after the regular season. Ottawa finished 38-35-9 (85 points) and failed to make the playoffs, after making an astounding run the second half of the 2014-15 season and making the playoffs after Cameron took over the Senators around midseason.

The Red Wings have already hired Doug Houda as one of coach Jeff Blashill’s assistants, and promoted Jeff Salajko to goaltending coach (Salajko had been at Grand Rapids) in a revamping of the coaching staff.

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Pat Ferschweiler was reassigned to an eye-in-the-sky position after being an assistant to Blashill on the bench last season.

The Red Wings have also spoken to former Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards for the vacant assistant’s job.

In the mix

The Red Wings remain interested in Russian forward Alexander Radulov, who is returning to the NHL after spending the last four season in Russia’s KHL.

Radulov, 29, scored 47 goals in 154 career games with Nashville, before returning to Russia.

Radulov scored 23 goals in 53 games with CSKA Moscow last season.

A string of conduct issues have followed Radulov where he’s played. He left Nashville after late-night partying in the 2012 playoffs, and the Predators were eliminated by the Coyotes.

The Red Wings would be interested in a short-term deal with Radulov, an unrestricted free agent, who could be reuniting with his former junior coach Patrick Roy in Colorado.