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Currently, Detroit is without one assistant coach (Brad McCrimmon). McCrimmon has left the Wings in order to become a head coach in the KHL. The Wings may also be out of another coach. Assistant coach, Paul MacLean, has been interviewed by the Ottawa Senators for a head coach position.
Losing one coach is hard enough, but two? The Wings will have to do some serious thinking this off season.
Who knows, maybe they will convince Berry Smith to come back and coach.
Detroit is going to have to do some rebuilding, and what they fell short of this year was goal scorers.
The Wings have some money to throw around, and some key players they could sign are Ruslan Fedotenko and Eric Belanger. Both players have experience and can get points. They may not be the youngest guys in free agency, but they are not the oldest either. They would also be an excellent fit in the lineup.
Fedotenko was only paid $1 million last year, and in the 66 games he played, he had 25 points. Not too bad for a fourth-line center replacement for Kris Draper.
As for Belanger, he had 40 points last season and should be a cheap sign.