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Changes coming to Red Wings' coaching staff: report

Goalie coach Bedard out, assistant coach Ferschweiler reassigned

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The Detroit Red Wings will not renew the contract of goaltending coach Jim Bedard, according to

Bedard has been with the Red Wings for 18 seasons and was on the staff for three Stanley Cup championships.

"We need change," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told "We're still trying to figure out exactly how we're putting the staff together. [Coach] Jeff [Blashill] felt he wanted to put together a different staff; felt it was time for some change."

In addition, assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler will be shifted from the bench to watching games from the press box. He was in his first season with the Red Wings and one of his roles was the power play. They were 13th in the regular season on the man-advantage, but 1-for-25 in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Red Wings already lost assistant coach Tony Granato, who became the coach at the University of Wisconsin.

In Blashill's first season as coach the Red Wings made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 25th straight season but were eliminated by the Lightning in five games in the first round.

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