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Boughner was drafted by Detroit in 1989

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Bob Boughner, Detroit Red Wings assistant coach
Bob Boughner is enjoying his first season as a Red Wings assistant coach.

When he crosses paths with Red Wings senior vice president Jimmy Devellano, Detroit assistant coach Bob Boughner always takes time to reminsince about the 1989 NHL entry draft. That was when then Red Wings GM Devellano was selecting Boughner in the second round.

Although he never suited up as a Red Wings player, Boughner is cherishing this, his first season as a Detroit assistant coach.

“It’s very special,” said Boughner, who was joining Detroit after his dismissal as coach of the San Jose Sharks. “This summer, sitting down and trying to figure out my next step, obviously this was a team that was right up there. I’ve got a ton of family and friends over in Windsor on the other side (of the border). It is a special place in my heart.

“I was drafted here in 1989, playing in the organization for a few years and the farm system with Adirondack Red Wings. I see a lot of the guys that are working in the alumni that are hanging around here every day are guys that I played with in the minors, so I’m very familiar with the staff and the people that run the organization.

“It was just an easy step for me and it’s great living here. I go back (to Windsor) on my off days. I get to spend a lot of time there, so that’s nice.”

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Red Wings Next Game

It’s the second stop of a three-game Canadian road swing as Detroit is visting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday (7 p.m. ET). The Red Wings are winless in five (0-4-1) at Toronto and 1-7-2 over the past 10 games there.

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Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin was blunt in his assessment of the Pittsburgh Penguins power play.

Florida: A Carter Verhaeghe hat-trick was pacing the Florida Panthers to a 7-0 shutout of the Columbus Blue Jackets and past Pittsburgh into the final Eastern Conference Wild Card position.

Boston: A hat-trick from David Pastrnak was powering the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh and pushing Pastrnak beyond the 100-point plateau.

Montreal: Emil Heineman, a top prospect for the Montreal Canadiens, has five goals in five games for the AHL Laval Rocket.

Philadelphia: Former Red Wings player and long-time Philadelphia Flyers broadcaster Steve Coates was honored by the team. He’s retiring after 43 seasons.

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Calgary: Tyler Toffoli is the latest hero for the Calgary Flames in their improbable late run for the playoffs.

Colorado: Another member of the Colorado Avalanche is coming off the injury list. It’s goaltender Pavel Francouz.

San Jose: The San Jose Sharks are recalling former Red Wings forward Kyle Criscuolo from the AHL San Jose Barracuda.

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Kings are without injured defenseman Mikey Anderson. Is it time for Tobias Bjornfot to shine?

Vegas: It was the return to Sin City for Marc-Andre Fleury. The Vegas Golden Knights were playing host to the Minnesota Wild.