Pro Hockey Talk’s Adam Gretz posted a set of power rankings based upon the “hot seat” levels which respective NHL teams’ coaches sit upon, and he suggests that both Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill and Ottawa Senators coach D.J. Smith are in the “Danger Zone”:
29. Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings. Like [Senators coach D.J.] Smith it is impossible to accurately evaluate Blashill because of the rosters he has had to work with. Still, in six years the Red Wings have one playoff appearance with him and have missed the playoffs five years in a row and almost certainly going on six years. Not many coaches get to keep coaching a team that long.
Blashill was given a contract extension by Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman, who keeps his cards extremely close to his chest, and I do not necessarily expect Yzerman to fire Blashill if the Red Wings demonstrate improvement over the course of the 2021-2022 regular season. Blashill has survived this long, despite pundits’ insistence that he’s been “done like dinner” for several years now. What’s to say that he may not survive longer?