TSN of Canada reported on Monday that the Detroit Red Wings made two coaching changes.
Associate Coach Tom Renney will be leaving the team, taking over as president of Hockey Canada while Tony Granato has been hired as an assistant coach to replace Bill Peters, who took over head coaching duties for the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this summer.
Granato comes to the Red Wings from the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he spent the last five seasons as an assistant under recently-fired head coach Dan Bylsma. Prior to that he was an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche, then that team’s head coach, then assistant coach again before a second promotion to head coach.
The Red Wings cannot formally announce Granato’s hiring as he is currently still under contract with the Penguins. The team is working with Pittsburgh to secure his release.
Granato’s 13-year NHL career was split between the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.
Renney leaves the Detroit organization after two years, having been brought in to replace Jeff Blashill as he moved on to the head coaching role for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He will replace Bob Nicholson at Hockey Canada in a role that Nicholson had held since 1998.