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#2609312 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 21 May 2015 - 09:36 AM


They said similar things about Dave Lewis too. How'd that work out?


We can find a lot of reasons to help us believe this will or won't work out, but we aren't going to really know until he gets up here and has some real NHL experience. It's a whole different experience than anything he's done before. He may be great, he may be awful. What's more likely is that he'll struggle and grow and perhaps eventually be great. In any event though, we as fans would be wise to manage our expectations so as to avoid disappointment and possibly some knee-jerk reactions if the guy stumbles a bit early on.

And believe me, I'd love to see a nice guy win and a different, more friendly methodology work, just to kill a bit of the idea that you have to be a cold, distant boss who plays mind games to be a winning coach. So I'm rooting for him, and I'm optimistic, but again, we'd do well to try to manage our expectations early on.


And what exactly did Dave Lewis accomplish again before becoming a coach? He retired after playing with the Wings. He went into an assistant coach behind Bowman and won 3 Stanley Cups behind Bowman. He took over the team and lost two years in the playoffs with great rosters. He then went onto Boston and got fired from them after one year due to inconsistent play.


Blash had coached and gained experience for over 10 years. He's won 2008 Clark Cup with Indiana Ice, He coached Western Michigan for a year also and took them to a top-four finish in the CCHA; the best in 15 years. He also won the 2013 Calder Cup. Was the 2011 USCHO Coach of the Year, and was the 2014 AHL coach of the year.


Please do not compare them.

#2609287 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 21 May 2015 - 07:13 AM


DETROIT – The list of candidates to replace Mike Babcock as the next coach of the Detroit Red Wings is a short one, according to general manager Ken Holland.

Holland said he plans to speak with only two or three candidates before deciding who will get the job and Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill is considered to be the leading candidate.


Blashill is no stranger to most of the players on the Red Wings roster. The veterans were around when Blashill was a Red Wings assistant coach in 2011-12 and the younger players know Blashill from his three seasons as coach of the Griffins, Detroit's top farm club.


"He's a great coach," said Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar, who spent one season with Blashill in Grand Rapids. "He's a good talker. He can motivate the players. I feel like the system and how he's willing to play with the players is really good.


"Players feel like they can talk to him. He's somebody who they can trust and feel good. He's really good with the players. I feel like the players can trust him. He's a really good coach."


Blashill led the Griffins to the AHL championshipin 2013, his first season in Grand Rapids. Tatar was the playoff MVP with 16 goals in 24 games and hasn't been back to the minors since. He led the Red Wings with 29 goals this season.


Tomas Jurco was also on the Griffins' Calder Cup team, scoring 14 goals during 74 regular-season games and then adding eight more in the playoffs. He split the following season between Grand Rapids and Detroit before spending all of last season with the Red Wings.

"I love Blash," Jurco said. "He just understands the game really well. He's a really good guy and you can talk to him and he understands you a person. Great guy, great coach, and I only have great memories of him."


Blashill communicates well with players, according to Jurco.


"Yeah, he's a really good talker and that's one of the best things about him," Jurco said. "Every time he showed me something it was like 'You are right. I can do it differently.' He just understands it so well. He knows what the players can do a little differently.

"He's a great coach."


Nobody on the Red Wings' playoff roster spent more time playing under Blashill in Grand Rapids than forward Landon Ferraro, who played 212 regular-season games with the Griffins the past three seasons.


Ferraro was one of Grand Rapids' top players this season with 27 goals before joining the Red Wings at the end of the regular season and then appearing in all seven playoff games vs. Tampa Bay.


He sees similarities between Blashill and Babcock.


"Just the attention to detail I think is the biggest part," Ferraro said. "They both are really good hockey minds and they care and they want to make sure they give their teams everything to succeed on the ice.


"With Blash, for him it's all about work and if you do your part, it's going to come together and you just got to make sure that happens and when we finally bought into that was his first year, it really turned our year around and it obviously ended up in a championship."

Ferraro, the Red Wings' second-round choice (32nd overall) in the 2009 NHL draft, struggled as a rookie with the Griffins in 2011-12 before blossoming under Blashill the following season.


He scored 24 goals during the Griffins' championship season but it was Ferraro's speed and defensive ability as much as anything that helped him land a spot on Detroit's playoff roster.


Ferraro credited Blashill with helping him develop into a regular for the Red Wings during the playoffs.


"He's taken me from a guy that had the tools to get here and get a chance to someone that's actually got here," Ferraro said. "(Blashill) made it clear that I wasn't going to make it right away as a scorer and I got to make sure I'm good defensively and I made a ton of strides with him working with me the last three years.

"I owe a lot to him and it's been good. He's a guy I would pretty much do anything for. I trust him and he's got the respect of the all the guys in Grand Rapids."

In Grand Rapids, Ferraro said Blashill knew the difference between handling younger players as opposed to veterans.


"Some of the younger guys, he's harder on them," Ferraro said. "You kind of want to break that junior mold. You can be a really good goal scorer in junior but you get into the American League and guys are good.


"He did it with Jurco. It took him until Christmas and then he turned it around and was a huge part of our team."


Blashill, 41, is a former goaltender who played four seasons at Ferris State before spending the next three as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs.

He spent six more seasons as an assistant at Miami (Ohio) University, led the USHL's Indiana Ice to a championship in the first of two seasons there and coached at Western Michigan for one year before being hired by Babcock.


In three seasons with the Griffins, Blashill has a record of 134-71-23 (.638).

This season, the Griffins won the Midwest Division championship with a 46-22-8 record and their 100 points were tied for the third-most in the 30-team AHL. They're in the Western Conference Finals.


Blashill is a Michigan native who was born in Sault Ste. Marie.





Good read.

#2609257 ECF : Tampa Bay Former Rangers vs. New York New Rangers

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 20 May 2015 - 10:19 PM

Just goes to show how impressive detroit was at shutting Tampa down with how much Tampa has been scoring since. Hope that trend continues with Blash!


Mrazek was incredible as well.


Next years goalie situation should be interesting.

#2608867 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 20 May 2015 - 12:50 PM

Who wouldn't want to live in Toronto over Detroit, and for that kind of money no less?


Toronto is where you go to die in sports.


Jays - 22 years since last WS, 22 years since last playoffs


Leafs - 48 Years since Stanley Cup


Raptors - Never won a damn thing.

#2608839 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 20 May 2015 - 12:38 PM

So if Babs goes to Toronto, does Cleary sign another 1 year deal with them? Maybe that's why he's leaving, Holland doesn't want another year of Cleary and Babs refuses to accept that.

#2608830 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 20 May 2015 - 12:32 PM

Leafs Plane



#2608822 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 20 May 2015 - 12:27 PM

If he wins in Toronto he'll be a god, if not he'll at least be paid like one. Plus I'm sure he'll have more power in the organization, then he's got in Detroit.


I get that, however they couldn't win spending like Detroit why will things change now? Players already don't want to go to Toronto, and they weren't lining up to play in Detroit because Babcock was here either.

#2608815 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 20 May 2015 - 12:23 PM


It's official guys without it being official he's going to toronto for a ton of money and will help them pick a gm and help in trading players etc...

It's happening

Not worried about the leafs


Money and a bad 4-5 years? Toronto isn't going anywhere anytime soon, they are in worse shape then Buffalo.

#2608809 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 20 May 2015 - 12:19 PM

Well his decision is understandable, insulting offers, an aging team and he doesn't want to be the coach known for ending the streak and given Holland's reluctance to trade prospects and penny pinch ufas Babs job got harder and harder every year. The amount of talent this team is losing not only on but also off ice is simply stunning. Guess it's nice that Holland got his extension for doing nothing since the last scf


What exactly does Toronto have again? Please enlighten us.

#2608727 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 20 May 2015 - 10:16 AM

The biggest plus about Babs leaving is maybe finally Ericsson can GTFO the top pairing.

#2608671 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 19 May 2015 - 10:57 PM


#2608651 Report: Oilers hire McLellan

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 19 May 2015 - 07:29 PM

This is kind of ancient in today's terms of social media but no threads on this ... because we are all in a frenzy about Babwatch.


Anyhow, as you all know by now, Oilers announced hiring of McLellan.  Great choice, classy coach.  Oilers will be a force to be wreckoned with in 2-3 years.  Anyone know the dollars and terms?  




P.S. Oilers didn't even request official permission to talk to Babcock.  


Yea right after the next 3 1st overall picks.

#2608597 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 19 May 2015 - 02:24 PM

Wow, good work. Either way, sounds like it'll be a close hard fought series. I'm sure having Bert will help too. Hopefully he stays hot.


Toddler Bertuzzi

#2608509 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 19 May 2015 - 09:43 AM

Bob McKenzie, on @TSN690, on Babcock staying in DET: "I think all the signs are pointing to that....He's definitely not coming to Toronto."



So now Leaf fans are saying they are the front runners for Blashill....


They wonder why they are hated soo much. All I have heard at work today was Babcock is going to Toronto and if not they are going to take our "Other" coach. Yes, they say "Other" coach.

#2608480 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 18 May 2015 - 11:12 PM

Toronto Star reports "Babcock is leaning towards re-signing with the Detroit Red Wings on a short-term basis, a source told the Star."




Hopefully not true, Toronto Star likes to blow things out of proportion and are usually wrong.


Either Babs for 4-5 years or forget it imo. We shouldn't lose Blashill and Babs.