I wish all the best to Babcock.
My main concern is now twofold.
#1 - Can Blashill succeed at the NHL level? When he was an assistant with the Wings a few years ago, the special teams he was in charge of was in the bottom half of the league. The fans didn't want him around, and they saw the move to the Griffins as a demotion. Can he be a head coach in the NHL? I guess we will see.
#2 - Who is going to coach the Griffins after Blashill gets promoted? After years of watching the Griffins have great talent and miss the playoffs or suck badly in the postseason, I really hope the Griffins can get someone else who can groom these kids and get them ready for the NHL. Our pipeline is very important. If it was me, I would be making both the AHL and NHL coaches very well paid if they are successful. I am nervous that we won't find someone as good as Blashill or better at the AHL level to help lead these kids.