August 05, 2009
Good to see Tony Granato back where he belongs; and by that we mean as an assistant coach, signing on with the Pittsburgh Penguins today.
His lifetime record as a head coach with the Colorado Avalanche is actually pretty impressive, but it's hard to imagine now him as anything but a hasty interim replacement who somehow earns a permanent gig; hopefully that opportunity won't present itself in Pittsburgh any time soon.
Pensburgh speculated on why Granato's a good fit with Dan Byslma and the Penguins staff:
The Penguins needed to round out the coaching ranks with Tom Fitzgerald not wanting to continue the day-to-day responsibilities and travel required.
Fitzgerald worked with forwards a lot on faceoffs and penalty-killing, so presumably that may be an area that Granato, a former NHL forward, oversees.
Despite extensive coaching experience, Granato is just 45 years old, which ought to fit well with the youthful energy that Dan Bylsma (39) and Mike Yeo (36) look to keep throughout the lineup.
If nothing else, feel good for Granato getting another gig after his ridiculous mistreatment at the hands of the Avalanche during their flirtation with Patrick Roy earlier this summer. He wasn't a good coach for them during a putrid season, but turning him into a punchline was classless. Colorado gets stiffed by Roy and gets Joe Sacco as head coach; Granato latches on with the Stanley Cup champs. Karma.