from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
The Red Wings are bringing back coach Jeff Blashill.
The team made the anticipated announcement official Tuesday morning at Little Caesars Arena before the morning skate, announcing Blashill has agreed to a two-year contract extension.
Blashill, 45, is in the final year of a four-year contract.
“Jeff has done a very good job considering the circumstances of a rebuild,” general manager Ken Holland said. “On a night-to-night basis, our team has been very competitive.
“When I look at the development of the young players on our team as we’ve gone through the rebuild, they’ve all improved, all gotten better.
“When I hired Jeff as a head coach, he was the second-youngest coach in the NHL. He’s been behind the bench now for four years and he’s learned a lot and he’s going to put the experience to good use as we go forward.”
Below, watch Larkin, Hicketts and Blashill after the skate.
added 2:51pm, Detroit's projected lineup can be viewed below...