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Granato to join Red Wings coaching staff

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Tony Granato will join Mike Babcock's staff as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings, according to reports Monday.

Granato joined the Pittsburgh Penguins as an assistant coach in 2009 but was fired when Mike Johnston was hired to replace Dan Bylsma as coach on June 25.

Before joining the Penguins, Granato, who turns 50 on July 25, spent seven seasons with the Colorado Avalanche coaching staff, including parts of three seasons as their head coach. He guided the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup playoffs in back-to-back seasons in 2003 and 2004.

As a player, Granato played 774 games with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks and scored 248 goals and 244 assists.

"He has lots of appeal," Babcock told the Detroit Free Press. "He's a former head coach, he played in the NHL. I'm told he's fantastic. I checked around the League, everyone told me he did a great job. I know there were other teams trying to hire him.

"I think he's a real good fit for me. I was looking for a guy who is a good player guy, who can help the younger guys, and who can help me be a better coach."

Granato would be filling the void left by Bill Peters, who left Detroit to become coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on June 19.
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