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Wings assistant McCrimmon leaving team

Thursday, 05.19.2011 / 12:17 PM / News

NHL.com

After three seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings, Brad McCrimmon has decided to leave the organization.

McCrimmon told The Sporting News that it was "time to look for a different challenge."

McCrimmon, a defenseman for 18 NHL seasons with the Bruins, Flyers, Flames, Red Wings, Whalers and Coyotes, had been in charge of the Wings' defense. He had been hired to replace Todd McLellan when McLellan was hired as coach in San Jose.

"I'd like to thank Brad for his dedication and tremendous work in serving as an assistant coach for the Red Wings," general manager Ken Holland said in a statement released Thursday. "We wish Brad and his family all the best in their future endeavors."

McCrimmon also has worked as an assistant coach with the Thrashers, Flames and Islanders, and could be a candidate for any of the five coaching jobs currently open -- Atlanta, New Jersey, Minnesota, Ottawa and Florida.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild