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Updated 9x at 3:45 PM: For the record, here’s my initial take: Babcock suggested to various interviewers over the past two weeks that he was leaning toward younger and/or less proven coaches who would provide both new voices and the kind of drive that yielded promotions for McLellan, MacLean and McCrimon. As MLive’s Ansar Khan notes, Bill Peters has both pro experience in the AHL and familiarity with Babcockas he was one of Babs’ assistants with the Spokane Chiefs, and as for Blashill…He’s as young and unproven as they come at the NHL level, which is probably a good thing. Blashill’s also a former goalie!
The Red Wings have named Bill Peters and Jeff Blashill as Assistant coaches. Both coaches have signed three-year contracts.
Peters spent past three seasons as the Head Coach of Rockford (AHL), while Blashill was behind the bench at Western Michigan University.
Red Wings fans have attempted to start up various campaigns asking new Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore to wear #64 to honor one of the late 1980’s most ubiquitous computers, and Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski gave all Wings fans a big assist by asking Commodore whether he’s interested in doing so, in part to raise money for charity, and here’s an update from Wyshynski:
On Thursday, we gave the COMMODORE 64 movement a stiff push with four reasons why this needed to happen, including a charitable one: Puck Daddy will donate $64 to Mike Commodore’s favorite charity should he wear No. 64 next season with the Wings.
We offered you guys a chance to match that pledge as a show of support for the number change. After less than 24 hours, we have 54 readers willing to ante up if Commodore wears No. 64 with the Wings. That’s $3,456 currently committed to the charity of Mike’s choice (assuming everyone follows through with the pledge and that charity of his choice is OK with those donating).
Updated substantially at 11:22 AM, and for the record, the won’t talk about the news till 12 PM EDT, when DetroitRedWings.com will announce the signings: Oh, the wonders of modern technology. I’m sitting here with 20 of the Wings’ top prospects in front of me, and a technical glitch yielded no internet service and a mess of a post-fixing issue with Paul helping the “overnight report” shift back from garbled to readable after almost an hour of trying…
In any case, the web’s back up here and the Kalamazoo Gazette’s Graham Couch says that it’s official—one of the Red Wings’ new assistant coaches will be Western Michigan coach Jeff Blashill:
Western Michigan University hockey coach Jeff Blashill has resigned, a university spokesperson confirmed this morning, the Broncos second-year hockey coach stepping down to accept an assistant coaching position with the Detroit Red Wings.
Blashill’s resignation is official as of 9 a.m. WMU’s hockey team was told earlier this morning.
A national search for a Blashill’s replacement will begin immediately.
Expect Mike Babcock to name another “younger” coach as his other assistant in short order, and the Free Press’s George Sipple noted....
Updated with 2 more stories at 8:36 AM: July is never a “slow” month for the Red Wings, and today we should learn quite a bit about the team’s future as the Wings reveal the identities of the assistant coaches who will flank Mike Babcock’s shoulders. At the present moment, it sounds like Babcock will go with “younger legs,” as noted by both the Free Press’s George Sipple...
[Red Wings GM Ken] Holland wouldn’t discuss any potential candidates but did say they were looking “some people with some different ideas. We’ll see.”
He said Wings coach Mike Babcock talked to many people in the industry, from college and junior coaches to assistant coaches to former NHL head coaches.
“We got down to a small, workable number the last few days,” Holland said Thursday. “Tomorrow we’ll announce our staff.”
And the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan all but confirmed that Babcock’s assistants won’t be household names:
Okay, before I begin, let’s get the roster straight as trying to read a sheet of paper, say, “Hello” to Ken Holland and watch hockey at the same time are too much for my 8-bit brain. Here are the players participating in the Red Wings’ summer development camp in Traverse City, MI:
Updated 3x with a superb summary from Yahoo Sports, citation number included, at 9:09 PM: Well here’s irony for you: WDIV (via RedWingsFeed) reports that the first gentleman who found himself facing a $500 fine and a misdemeanor charge for disorderly conduct for having the unfortunate luck of throwing an octopus at Joe Louis Arena after City of Detroit added a new law to the books will not face any further punishment for treading upon the NHL’s toes:
The Farmington man who was fined by the NHL for throwing an octopus on the ice during a Detroit Red Wings game was charged with disorderly conduct.
There is a Detroit city ordinance against throwing objects on the Joe Louis Arena ice during games. Charlie Graves pleaded not guilty April 26 to a disorderly conduct charge. However, the city has decided to drop the charge. The arresting officer never showed up to court Thursday for Graves’ hearing, Graves said.
The NHL fined Graves $500 after he admitted to ushers that he threw an octopus on the Joe Louis Arena ice during a March 21 game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Updated 2x at 10:08 PM: Things you miss out on because you’re sitting in the stands: the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan reports that the Red Wings have decided upon the assistant coaches who will flank Mike Babcock’s shoulders sometime on Friday:
The Red Wings will name coach Mike Babcock’s two assistants Friday. General manager Ken Holland said Babcock went through an extensive interview process with candidates from the junior to pro levels.
Paul MacLean and Brad McCrimmon were Babcock’s assistants in 2010-11. MacLean took the head coaching job with the Ottawa Senators and McCrimmon left to become a head coach in Russia.
“The guys we’ll announce will bring energy and some new ideas,” Holland said. “You want guys with communication skills, some ideas on specialty teams and some new ideas.”
Continued with some tidbits from the Wings’ summer development camp.
Update: The Detroit Free Press’s George Sipple confirms:
Updated 3x at 6:54 PM: Sproul and Macek are participating, Jurco’s wearing #28 and RWC’s Sarah Lindenau was spot-on about the try-outs: From my greedy little hands to you, here’s the Wings’ prospect development camp roster, try-outs included, for those of you who are interested as the youngsters—who didn’t arrive in Traverse City until this morning—get their feet wet with a pretty spirited practice:
Per Sport-Express’s Slava Malamud on Twitter:
KHL & NHL have signed a cooperation agreement. Not to be confused with a transfer agreement. Reinforcing the commitment to respect contracts
The KHL’s website posted the details thereof, and it’s a very long list...Which might have something to do with the fact that top prospect Mikhail Grigorenko might choose to leave Russia to play Major Junior hockey.
In any case, here’s the raw translation thereof:
Update 8:53 PM: Deadspin likes the idea, too: New Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore suggested that he’s open to honoring a 1980’s relic of computer technology by wearing #64 with Detroit, and while younger Wings fans may not remember the clunky computer whose “blue screen” did not mean that your computer was about to crash, Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski’s starting a very formal public campaign to ask Commodore to don #64, offering at least four reasons why Commodore should do so:
1. The chance to make a pop culture reference on the back of one’s sweater doesn’t come around very often. It’s been roughly eight years since we saw “Heinze 57” skating around.
2. The Red Wings have never had a No. 64, nor have they had a player wear a number in the 60s.
3. Look at the list of all-time No. 64s. Unless Jamie McGinn(notes) or Nikita Nikitin(notes) have masterful careers, Commodore would be the best player to ever wear No. 64, with due respect to Jason Bonsignore and Sven Butenschon. And how many guys can say they’re the all-time best at a certain sweater number besides Ales Hemsky?
I hope it happens.
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