The Hockey News’s Adam Proteau posted a list of 5 coaches who Proteau believes are “on the hot seat,” and five coaches who are “ready for work,” and I’m not sure whether I agree with him regarding the Red Wings’ bench boss:
Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings: Detroit GM Steve Yzerman has earned his stripes as one of the NHL’s most savvy team architects, and guess how many years he just signed Blashill to on a contract extension? That’s right – two years, just like Colliton and Green. Blashill has been the Wings’ head coach for more than six years, and that’s a near-eternity in NHL coaching circles. Many believe Detroit will not be notably better in 2021-22 and likely miss the playoffs again – and if there’s a hockey man out there Yzerman feels will be a better fit for this rebuilding team, everyone should expect he hands Blashill his walking papers and moves on without him.
Continued; I believe that much depends upon whether we see improvement from the Red Wings this upcoming season, but I would not be all that surprised if Blashill survives. He’s made it this far.
Also: it’s nice to see Proteau back on the Hockey News beat.