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Report: Babcock hopes to lure Wings assistants to Toronto

Mike Babcock, Brendan Shanahan

Mike Babcock, Brendan Shanahan


The Toronto Maple Leafs secured head coach Mike Babcock and he in turned reportedly convinced former Red Wings assistant coach Jim Hiller to make the jump with him. Now it looks like Babcock is trying to recruit his other coaches, per Sportsnet.

Babcock and the Leafs have reportedly expressed an interest in assistant coaches Andrew Brewer and Tony Granato. Brewer, like Hiller, is likely to follow Babcock, but Granato might be more complicated because Detroit reportedly wants him back.

Granato joined the Detroit Red Wings last year after being let go by the Pittsburgh Penguins when Dan Bylma was fired. Granato is a former player with 773 games worth of NHL experience and he also served as the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche for parts of three seasons.

Hiller is a former winner of the Canadian Hockey League’s Coach of the Year Award. He also served as a video coach for Hockey Canada and worked with Babcock during the 2014 Winter Games before joining the Red Wings for the 2014-15 season.

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