Mar 9, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma talks to assistant coach Tony Granato on the bench during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Penguins beat the Maple Leafs 5-4 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings: Granato brings passion and energy to bench

One of the newest members of the coaching staff for the Detroit Red Wings, Tony Granato, is seemingly the perfect fit for the job. The newly acquired assistant coach is excited to be on a bench next to one of the best coaches in the league, Mike Babcock. Granato replaces former assistant coach Bill Peters who was recently named the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

“You don’t look past Detroit”-Tony Granato

When asked about his accepting a one-year contract with the Red Wings, he simply stated, “You don’t look past Detroit. You have to give a lot of credit to management, the coaches and the players and how they have been able to sustain. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it and seeing what makes the Red Wings tick.”

Granato is expected to oversee the Red Wings penalty kill unit. The unit was excellent during the 2013-14 campaign and was ranked No. 12 overall with an 83 percent efficiency rating.

Granato played in the NHL for 13 years with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. After his playing days, he has spent the last 12 years coaching throughout the NHL. Most recently, he has coached for five years as an assistant to former head coach Dan Bylsma for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Granato was also the assistant coach on Team USA in the Sochi Olympics.

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