Dozens of Detroit Red Wings fans have made it clear they want a new head coach. No sooner had the horn sounded in Pittsburgh after Detroit’s 11-2 loss on Sunday than fans were clamoring for change.
Much to the chagrin of those fans, Monday has come and gone without that change. But that didn’t quiet the noise.
DHN’s Bob Duff gave many reasons why change is needed. The well-known podcast Spittin’ Chiclets went further and asked for names if a change was indeed happening:
Detroit fans… If the Red Wings fired their coach, who would you want them to hire??
— Spitting Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) March 28, 2022
A common name emerging among fans? Rikard Groenborg.
Many Red Wings fans want Grönborg if the change happens
The current ZSC Lions bench boss was interviewed as recently as last summer, when he spoke to the Buffalo Sabers about their vacancy. The 53-year-old Swede is known for his success with Team Sweden (Gold at the 2017 and 2018 World Championships) and has coached a who’s who of Swedish superstars. Some of those names include Victor Hedman, Erik Karlsson, and Filip Forsberg, among others.
His name has gained traction with many fans, not just Detroit’s. His interview with the popular Winged Wheel Podcast last month has only raised his profile within the rabid Red Wings following.
Should Steve Yzerman choose to go in a different direction, the respected Grönborg would have a plethora of young and up-and-coming prospects to work with, many of them Swedes.
All of this is moot until Yzerman makes a decision. But many Red Wings fans have made their wishes known.
Current Trivigno contest
UMass-Amherst captain Bobby Trivigno is the latest college free agent to come to the attention of NHL organizations. Trivigno has 49 points (20-29) in 37 games during his senior campaign and has reportedly come up against several teams before.
The Detroit Red Wings weren’t listed as potential suitors, but again, Yzerman isn’t one to lend a hand.
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It was Lucas Raymond’s birthday on Monday. The young striker has won a number of accolades as a teenager this season. Red Wings fans are watching to see what his twenties bring:
Until he was 20. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/V3AVzXAE3H
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 28, 2022
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