The Detroit Red Wings announced on Wednesday the hiring of Alex Tanguay as assistant coach.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 30, 2021
Tanguay replaces Dan Bylsma, whose contract was not renewed when the Red Wings brought back head coach Jeff Blashill.
The Red Wings’ statement on the hiring specifically called out Tanguay’s work on the power play with the AHL’s Iowa Wild over the last two seasons.
Iowa had the AHL’s fifth-best power play in Tanguay’s first season behind the bench at 21.9 percent, and its offense was among the league’s most productive, improving from 3.08 goals per game in 2019-20 to 3.15 goals per game over a 34-game schedule in 2020-21. The Wild also had the second-best shot-per-game average in the AHL in each of the past two seasons, averaging 32.68 combined in Tanguay’s tenure with the club.
The longtime Colorado Avalanche forward also scored 28% of his points on the power play.
Tanguay sounds like a good hire for Detroit. I wasn’t really expecting him but, with those numbers, maybe I should have been.
I’d kind of come around on the idea of Igor Larionov as assistant coach but I have no idea if that was ever actually an option for the Wings or just social media spitballing.