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Detroit Red Wings: Who Will Become the Next Assistant Coach?

Matthew ShepardContributor IIIJune 14, 2011

Detroit Red Wings: Who Will Become the Next Assistant Coach?

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    GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 05:  Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings  during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on March 5, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Red Wings 5-4 in an overtime shoot out.  (Photo
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    The Detroit Red Wings are going to have a busy summer. They not only lost one key defenseman, they lost two assistant coaches, most recently Paul MacLean. 

    MacLean was named head coach of the Ottawa Senators.

    Although this move was not a surprise since he was interviewed for the job, it is is another blow to the Wings front office. The Wings have not made much movement in their coaching department for some time now. Sure they lost Todd McLellan, back in 2008, but he was replaced. 

    Detroit is going to have a busy offseason, and these are the best choices for Detroit's next assistant coach. 

Rob Cookson

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    CALGARY - SEPTEMBER 12:  Rob Cookson of the Calgary Flames poses for a portrait at Don Hartman Arena on September 12,2005 in Calgary, Canada. (Photo by: Gerry Thomas/Getty Images)
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    Rob Cookson is a seasoned veteran when it comes to coaching.

    He was the Philadelphia Flyers video coach for three seasons before landing a job as the Calgary Flames assistant coach, where he has been for eight seasons.

    He represents what Detroit fans craze—a team with grit. Hard-hitting teams seem to give Detroit trouble, and Calgary knows how to hit. 

    The reason why the Flyers took notice of him was because he was assistant coach for Team Canada during the 1998 Olympics. Since then he has helped coach Canada in many tournaments, including the World Championships.

    Although Cookson's main role is video, his eyes are keen, and that is why the Flames kept him for eight seasons. He knows what it takes to win and adding him to the bench could be helpful.    

Brad Lauer

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    25 Sep 1996:  Rightwinger Brad Lauer of the Pittsburgh Penguins (right) and Anaheim Mighty Ducks defenseman Jason York tangle up during a game at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.  The Ducks won the game, 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Cratty  /Allspor
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    Brad Lauer was recently fired from his assistant coaching job in Ottawa for an obvious reason: The team was bad.

    Some of the blame is on him; however, this does not mean he is a bad coach.  

    Although he did not have much success in the NHL he did have success in Ice Hockey Superleague, Britain's version of the NHL. It was disbanded in 2003, but before then, Lauer won their championship in the 2001-02 season. Their league was very different then the NHL, as players serve as coaches, and Lauer won the championship as a player-coach.  

    This brought him to the idea of coaching and he thrived in the AHL. 

    In the AHL, he was assistant coach of the Milwaukee Admirals from 2007-09. In two short years he helped turn around the team and finished first seed in the West in the 2008-09 season. 

    The Ottawa Senators noticed his talents and signed him in 2009. He wants to work and his talents will not go unnoticed.


Ron Wilson

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    Not many people have heard of him. In fact, Bleacher Report does not even have a picture of him, but Ron Wilson is getting attention in the AHL. He is currently the Chicago Wolf's assistant coach.

    He has won the the AHL's Calder Cup three times, once as a player and two as a coach. 

    When it comes down to it, winning is everything and championships catch people attention. He has three and he is just aching to get a chance to coach in the NHL.  

Chris Chelios

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    WOODRIDGE, IL - AUGUST 19:  Assistant Coach Chris Chelios poses for a portrait during the USA Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Orientation Camp on August 19, 2009 at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Chris Chelios has taken his playing career to its limits, and it's now time for the next step. Currently he is serving as Detroit's executive adviser to the general manager. 

    Chelios played for Detroit from 1998-09. He has always played as a grinder, and the league took notice.

    He was awarded with the Norris Trophy three times. He has won the Stanley Cup three times, two of them with Detroit. His resume is impressive and has more NHL playing experience than anyone, except Gordie Howe. He is helping Detroit's defensive prospects in the AHL.

    He is already mentoring, why not give him a coaching job?

Greg Carvel

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    OTTAWA, CANADA - MARCH 15:  Assistant coach Greg Carvel of the Ottawa Senators watches from the bench during a game against the New York Islanders on March 15, 2007 at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Canada. The Senators won 5-2.  (Photo by Phillip MacCal
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    Greg Carvel maybe out of a job, but that does not mean he will not be out for long. Detroit's head coach Mike Babcock, may just convince him to join his team again. 

    Carvel was an assistant coach under Babcock in Anaheim during the 2003-04 season. 

    Cravel was also was let go as the Ottawa Senators continue to rebuild its team. He served as assistant coach for Ottawa from 2004-11.

    The Senators may have been terrible this season, but it was not always that way. Carvel was apart of the 2007 Eastern Conference Championship team. Although the Senators lost to the Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa was looking great in the Playoffs.  

    Carvel has a history with Babcock, and that relationship will be key if he wants a job with the Detroit Red Wings.   

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