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Red Wings getting Jeff Blashill ready to be ther next head coach

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Jeff Blashill has been signed by the Detroit Red Wings organization for another three years after two superb seasons as coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins.
The question is whether or not he'll eventually be coach of the Red Wings.
It's obvious Blashill is ready to be an NHL coach. He's had successful coaching stints in the United States Hockey League with the Indianapolis Ice, the NCAA with Western Michigan and now in the AHL with the Griffins. He also had one year with the Red Wings as an assistant coach.
“Jeff Blashill has done a tremendous job in Grand Rapids,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland in a statement. “Our young players were instrumental in getting us into the playoffs for a 23rd straight season, and the championship experience they got under Jeff in Grand Rapids was invaluable in turning those young players into NHL players. We’re excited to keep one of the top young coaches in hockey to continue to lead in the development of the next wave of Red Wings.”
“I’m thrilled to be able to remain with the Griffins,” said Blashill in a statement. “Both the Red Wings and Griffins are top-notch organizations filled with talented people that I enjoy working with. My family loves it here, and I’m happy to be able to continue to call Grand Rapids home. The AHL is a very challenging league, and we have a great group of young players and veteran leaders. I’m looking forward to being able to continue to work with them.”
The Red Wings clearly took this action in case coach Mike Babcock leaves within the couple of years which is a distinct possibility. Detroit is making sure Blashill is available just in case. That's why the move they took last week was very smart.



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