Lalonde, 49, was most recently a Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach since 2018.
He was an assistant at Ferris State early in his coaching career, and has been a head coach in the USHL, ECHL and AHL, leading the Toledo Walleye from 2014-16 during its affiliation with the Wings. He led the Walleye in his first season to a 50-15-5-2 record in the ECHL. He coached the Iowa Wild of the AHL to a 69-58-17-8 mark in two seasons, before joining the Lightning.
Here's the replay of what general manager Steve Yzerman, owner Christopher Ilitch and Lalonde said:
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Red Wings' Derek Lalonde news conference: Watch replay