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by George Malik on 07/10/14 at 09:08 PM ET
Via RedWingsFeed, well now we know why we haven't heard about any extensions for Mike Babcock or the Mad Hatter yet. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that the Red Wings' coach may have to hire two new assistant coaches:
According to Wings general manager Ken Holland, Tom Renney is in the final stages of landing a position with Hockey Canada. Renney spent two years as a coach with Hockey Canada, serving as the head coach of the Canadian National Team that went on to capture a silver medal at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
“Mike (Babcock) has been talking to a number of people,” Holland said during a phone interview.
Renney is up for the vacant position as president and chief executive officer, which was formerly held by Bob Nicholson.
One of the candidates the Wings have interest in is also interviewing with a few others teams before making his decision. According to a source, one person Detroit has interviewed is Tony Granato.
"We've been talking to a couple of people," Holland said. "One of the people we've talked to is talking to a number of other teams."
Holland declined to reveal who's in the mix, but a source said Tony Granato has interviewed for the position. Granato spent two-plus seasons as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, most recently in 2008-09. He was an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins under Dan Bylsma the past five seasons.
Coach Mike Babcock has spoken to a number of candidates.
"Mike has done a fantastic job finding assistant coaches," Holland said. "I sign off on his decision. Three guys he found (Todd McLellan, Paul MacLean and Peters) turned out to be NHL coaches."
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