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Red Wings hires Derek Lalond as new head coach

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Steve Yzerman, Executive President and General Manager of Detroit Red Wings, announced Derek Lalond as the new head coach on Thursday.

Lalonde has been an assistant coach for Tampa Bay Lightning for the past four years.

The 49-year-old has seen Lightning reach the playoffs four times in a row, including the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup Championships and three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals appearances. I helped.

In La Rondo's first year on the team, he helped Tampa Bay win the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy in 2018-19.

"I am very pleased to announce Derek as the new head coach," Iserman said in a statement. "He feels ready to take the next step in his career as Detroit Red Wings head coach."

Detroit has a history of success, but the franchise has been struggling lately. doing. After winning 25 spots in a row in the postseason and winning the Stanley Cup four times in that span, the Red Wings missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year.

"Thanks to (team owner) Chris Irich and the entire Irich family, as well as Steve Yzerman and Red Wings management for the opportunity to lead this historic franchise. "I said in a La Rondo statement. “I am ready to work with our group. Detroit has a very bright future.”

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