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Still No Decision On Jeff Blashill

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Steve Yzerman’s silence on the Detroit Red Wings coaching front would seem to favor Jeff Blashill, but hold off on placing any bets.

Yzerman is as deliberate and patient as they come; when he was named general manager in April 2019, he announced he wanted to spend his first year observing. He held off on naming a captain, made low-key signings to patch the lineup and set about steering the rebuild in the direction he deemed fit.

That included keeping Blashill on as coach, honoring the two-year extension Blashill had signed 17 days before Yzerman’s return....

Yzerman is not at the point where he’s looking for a coach who can guide the Wings to the Stanley Cup. The Wings need someone who can develop players, as Blashill has done with Larkin, Bertuzzi, Filip Hronek, Filip Zadina, Michael Rasmussen and more.

But maybe Yzerman wants a fresh voice. When he left the Wings’ front office in 2010 to accept the Tampa Bay Lightning GM position, Yzerman hired Guy Boucher for his first NHL head coaching job. Yzerman fired Boucher on March 24, 2013, and, the next day, announced the promotion of Jon Cooper. Yzerman had hired Cooper to coach the Lightning’s AHL affiliate in 2010.

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Paul's avatar

Moritz Seider will play for Germany in the World Championship.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/13/21 at 08:12 AM ET

The Meal's avatar

Playoffs begin on Saturday, and Yzerman is too classy to upstage positive NHL news with a bummer announcement.  Expect resolution today or Friday, I’d think.

I’ve been a Blash apologist (well a why-pay-two-coaches-at-the-same-time-for-this-team-to-lose-this-many-games), a Blash-must-go guy, and now I’m at the point of being okay if he gets another chance (this team did NOT give up down the stretch, and that’s without any of the players who started the season on their top line, any chance of making headway towards the playoffs, etc.).  I’d be A-ok with a new voice in the locker room and practices, but I’m fine with a 1-year extension as well.  (Something long-term would reek.)

I’ve often wondered (but haven’t heard media discuss), if Blash does get let go, does he coach somewhere else in the NHL?

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 05/13/21 at 08:41 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Does Blash accept a 1 year extension?  There is no way that Blash thinks he’s as bad a coach as I do.  To take a short term re-up with other coaching positions available wouldn’t seem very prudent if he has belief in his abilities as a head coach.

Going to another team on a multi year deal and being successful is exactly the resume builder he needs.  Staying in Detroit and losing year after year, no matter the reason, only to be ousted when the rebuild is finally done seems like career suicide.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/13/21 at 08:59 AM ET

Paul's avatar

I’ve often wondered (but haven’t heard media discuss), if Blash does get let go, does he coach somewhere else in the NHL?

Posted by The Meal

He could catch on as an assistant like many of the Lions head coaches.  It may take some time for him to be in line for a head coaching position.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/13/21 at 09:02 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Friday at 5:30 pm.

Blashill resigned for 3 years, team option on 3rd year

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/13/21 at 09:11 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Friday at 5:30 pm.

That’s how they announce promotions at my work. It can either ruin your weekend or ruin your Monday.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/13/21 at 09:27 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Friday at 5:30 pm.

That’s how they announce promotions at my work. It can either ruin your weekend or ruin your Monday.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/13/21 at 09:27 AM ET

Also firings, with the security still lurking around.  Can also make for a sketchy Monday if you’re still working.

Posted by RWBill on 05/13/21 at 09:31 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

It’s looking like he will be resigned. Why not? cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 05/13/21 at 12:47 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/13/21 at 12:49 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Hate to say it but whether Bashill goes or stays… I don’t care anymore. Wings won’t be competitive for a few more years. My only concern is, if there is someone out there Stevie is interested in, will they be available when the organization goes looking in the future?

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Shakeandquake, beginning to feel hopeful on 05/13/21 at 05:05 PM ET

WingDingy's avatar

The longer this goes, the more likely it is Blashill will stay.  Right now, I’d bet on a two year contract with second year club option.

Posted by WingDingy on 05/14/21 at 12:28 AM ET

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