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The European Coaching Options

05/03/2022 at 5:20am EDT

from John Niyo of the Detroit News,

Because there is a long list of possible candidates coaching overseas, and it stretches well beyond the names that probably are most familiar to Red Wings fans.

Sergei Fedorov just led the famed CSKA Moscow club to a KHL title in his first season as head coach, while Igor Larionov has turned from his work as an agent to coaching, first with the Russian national junior team and now reportedly with a new deal to coaching Torpedo in the KHL. I’m not sure how viable either candidate is here for a variety of reasons, including the geopolitical realities.

But Rikard Gronborg, the longtime former coach of the Swedish national team, certainly could be. His record is impressive, and Lidstrom, the Wings’ new VP of hockey operations, is among many in Detroit's front office who have worked with or played for Gronborg in the past. Gronborg interviewed for the Buffalo Sabres’ coaching vacancy last spring, and reportedly spoke with New Jersey the year before.

Yzerman claims he hasn't even made a list of coaching candidates yet, other than "a few names kind of bouncing around in my head." But once he does, and after he has pared that list down to a manageable number, maybe Gronborg is one of those that gets an interview.

There are other possibilities, of course. The Red Wings have spent so much time scouting and drafting the talent on Frolunda’s roster in the Swedish League — prospects like Raymond and Simon Edvinsson that’ll be part of the core of the next playoff team in Detroit — why shouldn’t they consider poaching the coach, Roger Rönnberg, that has helped keep that machine humming for the past decade.

Roger Ronnberg has been the head coach of Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League since the 2013-14 season.

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