Less than a month after losing assistant coach Bill Peters to the Carolina Hurricanes’ head coaching position, the Detroit Red Wings have filled the position on their staff.
On Tuesday, Detroit announced the hiring of Tony Granato as an assistant coach. The deal is for one year and includes a second-year option, according to the Wings’ website.
Granato has spent the previous five seasons under the same title with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was also an assistant to former Pens coach Dan Bylsma at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where the United States men’s hockey team finished without a medal.
Granato was let go by the Pens after the team’s disappointing playoff loss in the second round to the New York Rangers. Pittsburgh blew a 3-1 series lead, prompting a reshuffling of coaches and management in Pittsburgh.
“When Bill left and I knew my position in Pittsburgh that it was going to be a situation where I was going to have to look for a position,” Granato said, according to the team’s website. “I got excited about potentially getting an opportunity to come in for an interview. I’m really glad it worked out.”
In addition to his time coaching in Pittsburgh, Granato served as a head coach and an assistant for the Colorado Avalanche from 2002-08. He was 104-78-17-16 in charge of an NHL bench.
As a player, he participated in 13 NHL seasons, compiling 248 goals, 244 assists, and 1,425 penalty minutes.