I agree you do whatever it takes to keep him, but blashill has more to do with the development and preparation of the kids.
You do whatever it takes to get him to stay. One thing that goes overlooked is babcocks development of these young guys. I don't think just any coach would have all these rookies stepping up, playing hard, smart and making an impact in such a short time and I would love to see what he can do with Mantha
I'd honestly be okay if ilitch threw the checkbook to babs and blashill just to keep the system stable and on this course.give babs a little more power, like assistant or co-gm, or just add another fancy word like executive blahblah that way he's not just a head coach making a players wage.
Blashill is the extension of Babcock that has made our kids transition so smooth.
They have the same systems in place, he expects the same out of his guys, they're, IMO, the best pro coach/minor team coach tandem in sports.
They compliment each other perfectly, and I'd really like to keep it together.
Even if blashill ends up making the salary of an average NHL hc, its not like coaches $counts against the cap.
And in today's game its becoming glaringly obvious that the minor league affiliate is crucial to the teams success, but the hC gig in the big league is probably too appealing for him, honestly.
But it'd be awesome if he would just take the pay raise to stay on with gr.