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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

An oddity of the 2017-18 NHL regular season is that not a single coach has been fired. Five coaches were fired in-season in 2016-17.

It may mean that several coaching changes will occur in the offseason.

Here are six vulnerable coaches:

Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings have a personnel problem, not a coaching problem. The Red Wings have a new arena and selling tickets isn’t as easy as it once was. Firing a coach is viewed as a team embracing a new direction. No one is sure what is going to happen with general manager Ken Holland, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

If Blashill is fired, it will be under the banner that the team’s younger players need to listen to a different voice.

Joel Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks: Quenneville has won three Stanley Cups since 2010. How could you consider firing him? You could if you believe the organization has grown stale and a fresh approach is needed. It isn’t fair, but it is the way teams conduct business. Wouldn’t he be a good fit as Connor McDavid’s coach in Edmonton? It would guarantee improved team defense.


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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings have a personnel problem, not a coaching problem.

Dead wrong. The Wings have a personnel problem and a coaching problem.

All you have to do is look at last night’s game and note that Svechnikov played 5:25 while Hank played 23:50 to know that Blashill isn’t trying to develop young players. He’s trying to squeeze out every possible win he can in an effort to save his job.

The sad thing is that as long as Ken Holland keeps his job, Blashill’s not going to be fired no matter what this team does the rest of this year.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/10/18 at 12:07 PM ET

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Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/10/18 at 12:07 PM ET

I certainly agree with you.  If Holland remains as GM then the two problems end up at C llitch’s door.

I feel Illich should hire someone with lots of Hockey experience below him and let him make all Hockey based decisions.  I think that is partly KH as it sits now.

KH should leave the Wings completely and any new GM will be responsible for Blashill’s fate.

Probably easier for Illitch to clean house but I am not sure he has the Hockey knowledge.

Do nothing and the rebuild is stalled.  No idea what or if anything will happen..

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/10/18 at 01:25 PM ET


Why is it one or the other not both?

Seems pretty clear to me it’s both a personnel issue and a coaching issue. This isn’t a great roster, probably not a wildcard team but they should be better than they are or at least try harder.

How many times have we heard Blashill say the team wasn’t ready to play or didn’t start on time? 82 games a year THAT IS HIS JOB! So what…25%...50% if the time he isn’t getting what he needs out of the players? Why should he still be coaching?

Posted by RussianRocket10 on 03/10/18 at 02:56 PM ET


Which one of those coaches ISN’T a better option than Blashill. That says a lot about Blashill. If Trotz becomes available and isn’t scooped up by Detroit they are making a huge mistake. I don’t car about his record in playoff games, he’s always managed to get the most out of players.

I like McClellan but I worry that he would be too much about continuing the same philosophy in Detroit. They need a fresh perspective.

I agree that the Wings really could use a qualified person as president of hockey operations. Appointing someone above Holland would almost certain cause him to move on, a nice side effect. The next GM would definitely want a new coach too. Holland has put himself into this position because of bad signings and failure to replace Blashill.

Posted by evileye on 03/12/18 at 02:39 PM ET

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I like Trotz also, Quennville exploding and grabbing his crotch would be funny for a short.time

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/13/18 at 02:24 PM ET

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