When Jeff Blashill left Western Michigan to take a position as an assistant with the Red Wings, his father did not understand the move.
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.
Is now the time for Griffins coach Jeff Blashill to be crowned head coach of the Detroit Red Wings?
The first regret Babcock mentioned was comical – “I would have put a pool in when I first arrived.”
In Emotional Farewell, Babcock Says He Went Back And Forth A Hundred Times Before Choosing Toronto Over Detroit
“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.”
Babcock is leaving on good terms and deserves nothing but respect from Detroit.
“It was very emotional,” Babcock said. “I had to get the Kleenex box out when I sat in his office.”
The Detroit Red Wings are ready to start searching for a new coach — and right now there’s only one clear candidate.