GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 15: Head coach Tom Renney of the Edmonton Oilers watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on December 15, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Red Wings Name Tom Renney Associate Head Coach

The Red Wings have elected to fill the vacant assistant coaching job in Detroit with former Canucks, Rangers and Oilers head coach Tom Renney.

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Red Wings Hire Tom Renney As New Assistant Coach

The Detroit Red Wings have filled the vacancy on their coaching staff with Tom Renney, according to the team's official Twitter account.

A spot on the coaching staff opened up last week when assistant Jeff Blashill was named the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Red Wings' AHL affiliate. Blashill was hired to replace Curt Fraser, who took a job a week earlier as an assistant with the Dallas Stars.

Blashill's replacement is a coach with quite a bit of experience. Renney has been a head coach for three different teams in his career, as mentioned in the above tweet. He was the Vancouver Canucks' coach for the entire 1996-97 season and was fired 19 games into the following season. With the New York Rangers, Renney was with the team as a head coach from the 2003-04 season through the 2008-09 season. Most recently, Renney spent the past two seasons coaching the Edmonton Oilers. His contract wasn't renewed after this past season.

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Jeff Blashill Named Head Coach Of AHL Griffins

On Monday afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings announced via the team's official Twitter account that assistant head coach Jeff Blashill has been named the head coach of the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Blashill joined the Red Wings' staff prior to the 2011-12 season following stints as a head coach at Western Michigan University (2010-11) and as the head man of the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (2008-10) where he also acted as the club's general manager.

He will be filling in for Curt Fraser, who left the Griffins for an opportunity to join Glen Gulutzan's coaching staff with the Dallas Stars. Blashill will have large shoes to fill as Fraser is the all-time winningest coach in the history of the Grand Rapids franchise (146-130-40 record over four seasons).

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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