Pursuant to the news that the Red Wings have let their chief of amateur scouting, two pro scouts and two amateur scouts go, with Tyler Wright leaving for the Edmonton Oilers (all thanks to hard work from the Winged Wheel Podcast’s Ryan Hana):
The Detroit News posted a staff report in which former Red Wings chief amateur scout Jeff Finley confirmed that he, Wright and amateur scout Andrew Dickson’s contracts were not renewed by the team:
“Our contracts were not renewed,” said Finley, who scouted for 10 years with the Wings. “Steve (Yzerman) said basically they had different plans. It’s the nature of the business, putting your own people in place. We’ve had a few high draft picks lately in Detroit and we feel we’ve made good picks.”
Finley, a former NHL defenseman whose three-year contract with the Wings expired this year, said he’s already had job discussions with a few other NHL teams and is “looking forward to other opportunities.”
Finley said Wright and former Detroit pro scout Archie Henderson were hired on Thursday by former Wings GM Ken Holland in Edmonton.
Finley also said amateur scout Andrew Dickson was let go by the Wings.
Update: According to the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, Jeff Finley is in talks with the St. Louis Blues, where he may become the director of amateur scouting.