Tony Granato has declined option with Detroit, but still in talks to return

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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.

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.

 

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Bleeding whiskey and maple syrup, Nathan is an avid Red Wings fan who fills his lack of interest for other sports with even more hockey. Born and raised in Warren, MI, he's been in the thick of Red Wings culture since day one, and views the game from an analytical and objective standpoint. (@TheSarcastrophe)