After one year behind the Detroit Red Wings’ bench alongside Mike Babcock and Jim Hiller, it seems Tony Granato has confirmed with GM Ken Holland that he will not exercise the option in his contract.
Tony Granato has told the Red Wings he will not be exercising the option he has on his contract. Spent 1 year as assistant to Mike Babcock.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) June 8, 2015
Kenny Holland confirms Tony Granato has declined his option to return..So Red Wings will have new asst. coaches' along with new head coach
— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) June 8, 2015
The compliment to Hiller’s power play, Granato was largely responsible for Detroit’s penalty kill last season; a penalty kill that spent the first 10 – 15 games of the season at the top of the league. They slipped greatly late in the year, finishing 17th in the league at 80.9%.
While he’s not exercising his option, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s leaving. He is apparently in talks with Detroit for a new contract to stay.
Wings, assistant coach Tony Granato working on new contract after he declined option for 2015-16. Granato said he "absolutely" wants to stay
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) June 8, 2015
While Tony Granato has declined his option for next season in Detroit, he's still talking with the Wings.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 8, 2015