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Granato joins Red Wings as assistant coach

Jul 14, 2014, 2:08 PM EDT

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The Red Wings have replaced one of the two assistant coaches they’ve lost this offseason to other organizations. Tony Granato has joined Mike Babcock’s staff, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Granato fills half the hole left by Bill Peters (Carolina’s new head coach) and Tom Renney (reportedly to be named president of Hockey Canada tomorrow).

A former head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Granato was most recently let go as an assistant in Pittsburgh, where he’d been on Dan Bylma’s staff since 2009.

The Wings are expected to hire another assistant before the start of next season.

“Mike has done a fantastic job finding assistant coaches,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said, per MLive. “I sign off on his decision. Three guys he found (Todd McLellan, Paul MacLean and Peters) turned out to be NHL coaches.”

  1. adamal17 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Well that didn’t take long…I posted on the Renney article a few mins ago that it needs to happen fast; and this is a good sign. Aside from the playoff dip the Pens were great last year; and you can’t blame an assistant for that. Granato will be a great addition and hopefully spruce up the power play a bit. He did great with the influx of young talent from the AHL last year with over 500 man games lost to NHL regulars…so that’s a good sign for Gus, Sheahan, Jurco (if he get’s to play all year in the NHL), Tatar and Mantha a little bit. Not to mention the young offensive right handed shooting D-Men in Grand Rapids. It will be a good year in Detroit next year…hopefully.

    • rbbbaron - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      “Not to mention the young offensive right handed shooting D-Men in Grand Rapids.”
      You planning on there being 2-3 injuries on Detroit’s blueline that’ll make way for them to get called up? The Quincey signing is helping keep those guys in GR for at least the next couple anos.

      • adamal17 - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        No…I’m planning on Kindl and Lashoff getting put in Babcocks doghouse; just like last year. And if last year has anything to show for injuries then I would say an injury or two isn’t out of the question. This is hockey, not baseball. They do, ya know, hit each other.

      • c9castine - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        pens had 5 of 7 defenseman out last year or unavailable at one point. had to call up 4 guys to play a few games in a row.

        so yeah id say thats perfectly reasonable.

      • rbbbaron - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:51 AM

        Perfectly reasonable? I’d say having more than half your normal d-corps out due to injury is black swan stuff. Yeah some of those young guys might get called up for a few games here and there, but all in all who do you think is going to be more integral to their development over the next couple years: Granato or Blashill?

  2. live4hockey - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    ….so Granato will be with Babcock and back in Pittsburgh next summer?

    • pjblake2redwings - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Babs will not be coaching Pitt next season.. I dont think he will stay in Detroit either but no way is he going there just because of Crosby bro

      • JoeAvg - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        Babcock on Crosby:

        He’s been touched by a wand…People talk about talent all the time. To me, it’s about soul and how bad you want to be special. The real superstars have something that drives them, and obviously he does.

        Now why would anybody want to be coaching a team with players like that? Must be crazy.

      • c9castine - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        ok bro.

        clearly you know

  3. polegojim - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Babs knows talent and how to select malleable individuals who are willing to listen and learn, which defines Tony.

    Granato is a good guy who will benefit from every minute he stands next to Mike. I didn’t believe in him as the top dog, but working in the Wings org will help him build Head Coach skills, more than any other place he’s been before.

    Welcome to the Detroit Tony!

  4. philliesblow - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I saw the headline and thought maybe the Wings hired Cammi Granato.

    • flowerdew - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      So would that make Landon Ferraro more or less likely to make the team this year? Awkward!

  5. LampyB - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Babcock isnt going anywhere next season, he will stay in detroit and probably become the highest paid coach in the league.

    Not a chance illitch lets him walk.

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