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Jeff Blashill close to signing an extension... Babcock talks starting


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#21 BottleOfSmoke

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 03:51 PM

@petewallner: Jeff Blashill on waiting over pursuing NHL job: "This isn't a race." He said he wants to continue to improve. http://t.co/xqcFPdyuxo

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#22 DeGraa55

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 04:04 PM

@petewallner: Jeff Blashill on waiting over pursuing NHL job: "This isn't a race." He said he wants to continue to improve. http://t.co/xqcFPdyuxo


If I had to guess he thinks Or someone told him he will be taking over Babcock eventually.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 04:22 PM

This was the right call by Blash. He could have tried his hand with a struggling franchise as a flavour of the month signing or he can stay and develop himself further and likely inherit a job where he is set up to succeed. I think he wanted to avoid the path Eakins is on perhaps.

Is there a kickstarter campaign for Jakub Kindl to never play another NHL game?


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 05:11 PM

Wings front office is continuing to groom Blashill to take over for Babs. Its just a question of if he spends any more time as an assistant in Detroit before then? I guess it doesn't matter...in three years, a majority of the team will have been coached by him in GR already. 

 

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“We, meaning Ken Holland, myself and the organization, think he is one of the best, if not the best, coach in the AHL. He has a bright future in the NHL. He just needs some time, the right opportunity and the right fit.”  


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 05:39 PM

Oh but Holland is such a bad GM, blah blah blah.

 

Kudos to Holland to getting Blash on board for the next 3 years, and going to get Babcock probably on a 2 or 3 year deal.



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 03:05 PM

This was the right call by Blash. He could have tried his hand with a struggling franchise as a flavour of the month signing or he can stay and develop himself further and likely inherit a job where he is set up to succeed. I think he wanted to avoid the path Eakins is on perhaps.

 

Lets also keep in mind when he was an assistant for the Wings a couple years ago, the LGW forum community viewed his move from assistant coach of the wings down to head coach of the Griffins to be a downgrade.  Many forum members believed he wasn't ready to coach at any capacity in the NHL.  Its amazing how two solid seasons coaching the Griffins, one of which he takes his team to the Calder Cup, erases all bad memories.

 

Blashill has a family here in Grand Rapids and has interest in staying in Grand Rapids for a while.  Yea, he wants to coach in the NHL eventually, but he is also young and realizes that he has a good thing going here.

 

“I’m a Michigan guy,” said Blashill, who lives in East Grand Rapids with his wife and three children, ages 3 to 8. “My family lives in West Michigan between Big Rapids and Traverse City. My wife is from the Detroit area. I love Grand Rapids. I think it is one of the nicest cities in America.

 

 

My bet is that he will stay in Grand Rapids for at least a year if not more.  Once the Detroit job opens up, he will slide in there.  I also bet that Blashill is now a top paid coach in the AHL if not THE top paid. 


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