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Jeff Blashill Named Grand Rapids Griffins Head Coach

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Per Helene St. James. He was formerly the assistant coach of the Red Wings.

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Tim,

I already responded to this when it was posted in General Discussion. Let me give you my take as a Griffins season ticket holder and fan of the team.

The Griffins really have not played to their potential. Yes, I think Fraser was a good coach, but there was just something missing from the day to day games. Some games you watch the Griffins and they were unstoppable. Other days, it looked like my rec team could beat them. Blashill getting the job in Grand Rapids was a great move. The Griffins needed a figure quickly. Blashill has had great success coaching at the college level. This really was a no brainer for the Wings and Griffins organization. Some people called it a demotion. I choose to look at it as a lateral move.

I hope this coaching change will be what really lights a fire under the Griffins. We haven't seen a playoff team in a few years. It would be nice to see the Griffins actually make the playoffs for a change. With the talent in Grand Rapids, they should be able to achieve that.

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Just listened to the radio interview and Blashill seems genuinely excited about opportunity to take on head coach experience at AHL. I don't see it as demotion ... like Nightfall said, a lateral move.

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Team coming season?

Tatar - Andersson - Nyquist

Brunnstrom - Pare - Brunner

Ferraro - Sheahan - Aubry

Callahan - Glendening - Parkes

Janik - Exelby

Almqvist - ?

Nicastro - Lashoff

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