Chris Chelios will expand his current role with the team and join the coaching staff, Dave Noel-Bernier has been hired as video coach and Jim Bedard will return for his 19th season as goaltending coach.
Moments before introducing new head coach Jeff Blashill, Ken Holland joked that the hiring was the worst-kept secret in Red Wings history.
Blashill spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Red Wings.
The Red Wings are expected to hire Jeff Blashill, who is currently the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins.
General manager Ken Holland says the Red Wings will not announce a new coach until the Griffins are finished with the playoffs.
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“Is it about money? Sure it’s about money,” Babcock continued. “But there was enough money in every place it didn’t have a factor in the decision.”
The Detroit Red Wings are ready to start searching for a new coach — and right now there’s only one clear candidate.
“I’ve got mixed emotions because he is one of the greatest coaches in the league, if not the greatest coach in the league,” said Holland.
“I couldn’t justify going past five years,” Holland said Wednesday.
The search for the next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings will likely not take long, and the team will likely not need to look far.