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Torchetti hired by Red Wings as assistant

Former Wild coach will oversee forwards, power play @NHL

John Torchetti was hired as an assistant coach by the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Torchetti, 51, signed a two-year contract and will focus on the Red Wings' forwards and the power play.

"What it comes down to is the little details within the power play that are important to you," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill told the Detroit Free Press. "Those details need to be measured. He had a good thought process of how to do that. He showed me his approach and I was impressed."

Torchetti finished this season as coach of the Minnesota Wild. He replaced Mike Yeo on Feb. 13, and went 15-11-1 in 27 games and got the Wild into the Stanley Cup Playoffs but they lost to the Stars in six games in the Western Conference First Round. Bruce Boudreau was hired as Wild coach May 7.

Torchetti also has previous experience as coach with the Florida Panthers (2003-04) and Los Angeles Kings (2005-06). He has been an assistant coach with the Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta Thrashers, and won the Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Blackhawks in 2010.

His hiring was the last piece to be added to coach Jeff Blashill's staff. The Red Wings previously hired Doug Houda as an assistant coach and Jeff Salajko as goaltending coach.

"I interviewed five candidates and decided on John based on his skill sets and ability and experience level," Blashill said. "He has lots of experience running a bench and a little bit different ideas, so there are things I can learn in terms of bench management."

Tony Granato, an assistant coach this season, left to become the coach at the University of Wisconsin. Assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler was reassigned within the organization and goalie coach Jim Bedard was fired.

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