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Red Wings Hires Lightning Assistant Dele Clarondo as Coach

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Detroit — Detroit Red Wings hopes that the two Stanley Cup winning assistants will be able to make all the right moves to make the franchise relevant again. And hired Detroit Red Wings to lead the reconstruction team.

La Rondo has spent the last four years with John Cooper's staff at Tampa Bay Lightning. This included the 2020 and 21 championships, and more recently a third consecutive trip to Stanley. Cup final.

"He proved to be a good coach at all levels and spent the last four seasons in the National Hockey League as part of a very successful program in Tampa Bay," said General Manager. Steve Yzerman said in a statement. .. "He feels ready to take the next step in his career as Detroit Red Wings head coach."

Cooper first NHL in 2013 Iserman was Lightning's GM when he was promoted to work as a head coach. Cooper's active assistant is the NHL.

"I am ready to work with our group," La Rondo said in a statement. "Detroit has a very bright future."

Like Cooper, 49-year-old La Rondo won the US Hockey League title at Green Bay Gambler. He coached ECHL and the American Hockey League before joining Lightning.

After two months of research, La Rondo will replace Jeff Brushle. Jeff Brasle was unable to get the contract team option after seven seasons. The brushle percentage was .447 points, the second worst in the league during that period — not counting the debut season of the extended Seattle Kraken.

When talking to reporters early in the search, Isaman didn't reveal much, but he said familiarity with the new person would be a plus.

"Derek has an impressive resume, especially the work he has done with young players and prospects throughout his career," said President and CEO Christopher Ilitch in a statement. .. "I'm thrilled that he will lead the prosecution behind the Red Wings bench, and I would like to commend Steve and his staff for conducting a very thorough and detailed search process. . Wins four straight postseason and Stanley Cups. However, La Rondo has players who have the potential to lead the turnaround. Lucas Raymond, a proven player on the front lines and a prominent rookie last season, has promised to join their lineup.

Calder Memorial Trophy-winning Moritz Seider Will fill a gap that hasn't been addressed since Niclas Lidostrom retired 10 years ago and will fix defense for the next few years.

Red Wings Hall of Fame Iserman , Welcomed the first carefully selected coach in his once proud franchise.

After drafting and acquiring the talent to turn Tampa Bay into a two-time champion and a multi-year candidate, Ai Zerman consistently refused to put a timeline on the reconstruction, saying it would take time to make Detroit a winner again. After teaching, shoot as soon as possible with the aim of dealing with the shortcomings of the Red Wings next season in a relatively stable manner.

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