NTDP names two new head coaches, including former Wings assistant
The National Team Development Program in Plymouth hired two new head coaches after its two former head coaches left for jobs in the American Hockey League within about a week of each other.
Former Red Wings assistant coach Adam Nightingale will coach the Under-17 team, and Dan Muse will be the U-18 head coach.
John Wroblewski, who was the NTDP Under-18 coach, is the new head coach of the Ontario (Calif.) Reign, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. Former U-17 coach Seth Appert is now the bench boss of the Buffalo Sabres affiliate in the league, the Rochester Amerks.
Nightingale, who is from Cheboygan, was responsible for player development, pre-scouting opponents and running the penalty kill for the Red Wings last season. He was the team’s video coach for two seasons prior to that and held the same position with Buffalo the year before.
Nightingale also spent four seasons (2010-14) as director of hockey operations for his alma mater, Michigan State.
Muse has been an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators for the past three seasons.
Hronek to start season in Europe
Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek will begin the season in his native Czech Republic.
The team announced recently that he has been loaned to Mountfield HK of the Czech League.
Hronek, 22, is the fifth Detroit player or prospect to be loaned to a European team in his native country because the earliest the 2020-21 NHL and American Hockey League seasons are scheduled to start is early December.
He joins Moritz Seider (Mannheim, Germany), Filip Zadina (HC Ocelari Trinec, Czech Republic), Gustav Lindstrom (Almtuna, Sweden) and Mathias Brome (Orebro HK, Sweden).
All are scheduled to return to the Red Wings whenever training camp begins.
Fabbri inks extension
After resurrecting his career in 2019-20, after an early-season trade from the St. Louis Blues, forward Robby Fabbri signed a two-year extension with Detroit.
Fabbri’s two-year deal has an annual cap hit of $2.95 million, a big raise from the $900,000 this past season.
Fabbri, 24, had 14 goals and 31 points for the Red Wings after being acquired for center Jacob be la Rose on Nov. 6.
“From Day One, walking into that dressing room, the guys were so welcoming, it was easy for me to get comfortable,” Fabbri, a former first-round draft pick of the Blues, said during a Zoom media call. “I’ve been waiting for that opportunity to play again and to prove that I’m still a good player in this league. I knew with that opportunity I was going to give it everything I had and not let it go to waste. I couldn’t have been happier that it’s here in Detroit.”
Fabbri has already overcome two knee surgeries in his five-season NHL career.
Former Red Wings defenseman Mike Green, who was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers near the Trading deadline on Feb. 24, has announced his retirement after a 15-season career.
Green, 34, a high-scoring defender, spent 4½ seasons with Detroit after signing as a free agent from the Washington Capitals, where he began his career.
He decided not to take part in the NHL’s restart and would have been an unrestricted free agent.
The Red Wings signed Green to a three-year contract in 2015 and a two-year extension in 2018. He appeared in 303 games for Detroit, collecting 37 goals and 104 assists, posting a minus-73 rating.
Green’s best seasons came in Washington. He was runner-up for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2008-09, when he tallied 31 goals and 73 points, and in 2009-10, when he had 19 goals and 76 points.
Green had 150 goals and 351 assists in 880 games during his career.