March 30, 2019 | 2:02pm ET
BLASHILL STICKING AROUND, SET TO SIGN 2-YEAR EXTENSION
Jeff Blashill, head coach
The Detroit Red Wings are keeping head coach Jeff Blashill behind the bench, as the club is expected to announce a two-year contract extension with the club’s bench boss.
Blashill, 45, was in the final-year of his contract and there had been plenty of speculation over his future, but the Detroit Free Press reports an extension could be announced as early as Tuesday.
To date, Blashill has a record of 134-143-47 as Detroit’s coach. According to the Free Press, Red Wings management “likes how hard Blashill has the team playing,” and how he’s building a strong culture with the club’s core, young players.
“I think he’s done a great job,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said on Feb. 25. “You look at the standings and it’s hard to think anybody has done a great job when you see where we are in the standings. But he’s playing our young players. Lots of the young players have improved under his watch. When I see our team go out on the power play late in a game, there’s lots of young players. The young players have grown under his watch.”
It had been widely speculated the Red Wings could explore the possibility of bringing in Joel Quenneville as head coach, but that clearly will not be the case.
Blashill, currently in his fourth season as Red Wings head coach, took over as the club’s coach on June 9, 2015, replacing Mike Babcock.