Red Wings Head Coach Finished in Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings are heading in a new direction. General manager Steve Yzerman has informed essentially the entire coaching staff that their contracts won't be renewed and a new leadership group will be brought in for behind the bench.

Head coach Jeff Blashill, assistant coach Doug Houda and goaltending coach Jeff Salajko all were shown the door as Yzerman isn't accepting another losing season as any form of feel good success. Blashill has been behind the Red Wings bench for seven seasons, only appearing in one Stanley Cup playoff series, back in his first season as head coach. Since then, nothing but misery and enough was enough.

The Red Wings continue to rebuild and took huge steps forward this season with the play of rookies Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider. They have a young roster with some potential and will continue to build their group through the draft and when time comes via free agency to fill in those gaps. Last season the Red Wings finished 25th place in the entire NHL and are set up once again for a top-10 first round pick.

As for Blashill, he'll likely catch on as an assistant next season and leaves Motown with a 204-261-72 record. Just a bit short of expectations from seven seasons ago.

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