Bowman Returns For One More Year

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Scotty Bowman will be the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings for at least one more year. He had been mulling his decision since the Red Wings were eliminated in the playoffs by Colorado.

"I wanted to feel in my heart that I could come back and, healthwise, I wanted to make sure I was up to the challenge again," Bowman said. "I feel good I've lasted so long. You like to go as far as you can."

Detroit general manager Ken Holland said Bowman would be back under a one-year contract. Holland had told Bowman after the Colorado series he wanted him back.

Assistant Barry Smith also will return. Dave Lewis, the other assistant, is waiting to hear from the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets on his application for the head coaching position. If he doesn't get it, he'll stay with Detroit.

"It's great to have Scotty still with us," Smith said. "His experience and his gut feelings he has when things happen help over the course of a season."

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