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St. James: Red Wings allow other teams to court assistant coaches Renney, Peters

According to the Free Press's Helene St. James, TSN's Darren Dreger's Tweet suggesting that Tom Renney is in fact a hot coaching commodity may be true, and instead of the, "Babcock must want to make a change by leaving Detroit" line holding water, perhaps Jeff Blashill might rejoin Babcock to add a "new voice" instead. Why?

Well, here's St. James bit of news:

The Detroit Red Wings have granted permission for NHL clubs to talk to assistant coaches Tom Renney and Bill Peters.

General manager Ken Holland said Friday he's received "a couple of calls" from colleagues looking to hire head coaches, but would not name the teams. NHL clubs with head coaching vacancies number Carolina, Florida, Vancouver and Washington.

Renney has a year left on his associate coach contract with the Wings, while Peters, an assistant, has two months left on his contract.

St. James continues, and I wouldn't be totally surprised if both Renney and Peters exit.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

...perhaps Jeff Blashill might rejoin Babcock to add a “new voice” instead.

If either Renney or Peters leave, I hope Blashill stays right where he’s at. IMO, he’s far more valuable guiding the development of the current group of prospects in GR than he’d be as an assistant in Detroit – unless, of course, the real reason for him moving up would be to get some additional NHL experience before taking over as the Wings head coach.

This is just one more thing that’ll make this a very interesting summer.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/09/14 at 03:56 PM ET

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Hmm. Renney is responsible for the special teams, right?

Posted by teldar on 05/09/14 at 04:15 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Hmm. Renney is responsible for the special teams, right?

Posted by teldar on 05/09/14 at 04:15 PM ET

Yep and Blashill was before him, if my memory serves me correctly.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/09/14 at 04:22 PM ET

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