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May 9, 2016 | 4:10pm ET
Wings coaching chances fueling Howard trade speculation
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Detroit Red Wings have made some changes to their coaching staff, the Detroit Free Press first reported Monday.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland told the Free Press that longtime goaltending coach Jim Bedard will be back with the club next season, while assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler's role with the team is changing, as he won't be back behind the bench next season.

Holland told the paper "Jim Bedard's contract was expiring. We're not renewing it."

Once Detroit's playoffs ended, assistant coach Tony Granato left the team to become the head coach at the University of Wisconsin.

The Red Wings are now in the market for two assistant coaches and a new goalie coach.

According to the Free Press, Jeff Salajko is considered the leading candidate to replace Bedard.

Salajko is currently the goaltending development coach of the Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, and has significant history with Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek from his days playing with the Griffins.

Adding Salajko, the Free Press' Helene St. James reports, "is further indication the Wings plan to trade goaltender Jimmy Howard."

Howard, 32, owns a limited no-trade clause, where he can list up to 10 teams he will not accept a trade to.

Several teams are in the market for goaltending help, including the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes, and others could enter the mix after the playoffs.

It's unclear what the Red Wings would be looking for in exchange for Howard, but the team is looking to bolster its blueline and add extra firepower up front.

Howard has three-years remaining on his contract, which comes in at a salary cap hit of just over $5.291 million.

 
 
 

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