Well the summer of change is living up to it’s name. Jeff Blashill, the Wings assistant coach and former head coach of the Western Michigan Broncos, is heading to Grand Rapids to become the head coach of the Griffins.
The Detroit Red Wings on Monday named Jeff Blashill (BLA-shill) as the new head coach for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He replaces Curt Fraser, who departed Grand Rapids one week ago as the winningest coach in franchise history to join the Dallas Stars as an assistant coach.
“We’re very excited to name Jeff the next head coach of the Griffins,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. “He’s a talented coach that has a proven track record of working well with young players. He did a tremendous job for us in Detroit last season and we look forward to having him groom and mentor our prospects in Grand Rapids.”
I can’t tell if this is a promotion or demotion. Is this Ken Holland saying to Jeff, “you are good, but not quite ready for the big boys yet”? That’s my guess. Well now, add assistant coach to all-star defenseman and power foward on the shopping list for the summer.
In Kenny we trust.