Ducks and assistant coach Paul MacLean mutually part ways

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Paul MacLean is no longer with the Anaheim Ducks.

The club stated on Thursday that MacLean, one of the team’s assistant coaches, and the Ducks have mutually parted ways following the expiration of his contract.

MacLean was head coach of the Ottawa Senators for three-plus seasons prior to joining the Ducks as an assistant in June of 2015.

He spent only two seasons in Anaheim, on the bench for Bruce Boudreau’s final season and Randy Carlyle’s first since re-joining the Ducks.

Just over a year ago, it was reported that the Minnesota Wild, at the time searching for a new coach, had interest in speaking with MacLean, who helped guide the Senators to two playoff appearances in his first three seasons behind the bench and won a Jack Adams Award in 2013.

The news comes with a pair of head coaching jobs still available in Florida and Buffalo. Might be something to keep an eye on.