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Coaches Working On The Last Year Of Their Contract

04/26/2021 at 8:14am EDT

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

The season began with six NHL head coaches entering the final year of their respective deals. As the end of the regular season approaches, five of them are still in that position.

Only Jeremy Colliton in Chicago has been extended in that group. So where are we with the five remaining pending free-agent coaches? Let’s take a look:...

Jeff Blashill, Detroit: No idea. I truthfully have zero sense of where this one is headed. A year ago, GM Steve Yzerman decided to pick up Blashill’s option for this season. Now the coach is up. It’s been a full-blown, organic rebuild in Detroit, and in that context, I feel like Blashill has coached the Red Wings to be pretty competitive on most nights and there’s been growth among the younger players. But honestly, you can see the merit on either side of whichever decision Yzerman makes: Blashill has earned the chance to stick around, I truly believe that, but it might also be time for a fresh voice as the rebuild enters its next phase. As I said, I have no gut feeling on this one.

more (paid) coaches on the last year of their contract...

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