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Wings grant permission to talk to assistants Renney, Peters

May 9, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT

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From the Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit Red Wings have granted permission for NHL clubs to talk to assistant coaches Tom Renney and Bill Peters.

General manager Ken Holland said Friday he’s received “a couple of calls” from colleagues looking to hire head coaches, but would not name the teams. NHL clubs with head coaching vacancies number Carolina, Florida, Vancouver and Washington.

Safe to say, anytime a coach gets to spend time working under Mike Babcock, it’s going to add to his résumé. San Jose’s Todd McLellan and Ottawa’s Paul MacLean each did that before they got head-coaching jobs in the NHL.

Renney (pictured) has already been the head coach of the Canucks, Rangers, and Oilers, with limited success.

The younger Peters had been a successful head coach in the WHL and AHL before joining the Wings’ staff in 2011.

Related: Holland calls Blashill ‘an NHL coach in the making’

  1. bwayblueshirt - May 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Renne was and is a bust. Leave him be and let him set up his 401k as an assistant.

  2. matt14gg - May 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Exactly what I’m talking about when I speak of rehashing “the usual suspects”…Tom Renney is photogenic…that’s about it. Other than that he’s just a generic HC, but he’ll probably get anotthheeeerrrr chance. I have no idea why, and there’s a hundred hungry coaches in college, juniors and the AHL (Bruce Cassidy for one) who deserve a shot, but instead some team will attempt to recreate the passion and magic of Tom Renney. Gutless, safe hire. The team won’t win, but the GM can defend the choice by telling the owner he hired “a good hockey man”. Enough already!

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - May 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Makes sense to avoid hiring any fresh blood when you could just give Rennie the chance to fail at yet another head coaching position….

  4. stcrowe - May 9, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Renney may not have impressed anyone as a head coach in his previous stints, but perhaps he learned a thing or two under Babcock. Not that I would take a chance on him, but somebody might.

  5. powayslugger - May 12, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Renney didn’t do diddly-squat to help the power play… and everyone said it was his forte. I would love to see Renney take a job… somewhere… and get the heck out of hockeytown.

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