VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Giants have hired Troy Ward as their new head coach. . Ward takes over the WHL team after three seasons as coach of the AHLs Abbotsford Heat, the Calgary Flames former top minor-league affiliate. "Its an honour," Ward said in a statement. "You talk about the WHL and the history of the league and everything that goes with it and the exposure, and obviously Vancouver is right there at the top." Ward takes over for longtime head coach Don Hay, who left for the Kamloops Blazers. .I get texts: Do you know Drake? Have you met Drake? He sits there every night, he hears me cuss out the referees every night, Casey said, laughing. .Derrick Rose scored 23 points, and the Bulls pulled away from the Nets for a 105-80 victory on Wednesday night. Chicago held Brooklyn to 29 points on 26.DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings have assigned forwards Cory Emmerton, Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen, and defenceman Adam Almquist to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. The Red Wings, who made the moves on Thursday, return from the NHLs Olympic break with a game at Montreal on Wednesday. Emmertton has appeared in 11 games for Detroit, notching two assists. . Sheahan has three goals and eight assists in 18 NHL games this season. Pulkkinen has 19 goals and 23 assists in 51 games for Grand Rapids on the season, and Almquist has two goals and 31 assists in 48 games for the Griffins. ' ' '