The Wings shop Jeff Blashill's seasonal message and enjoy winning. Filmed on March 29, 2019 in Detroit.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
When the Red Wings go to Detroit into the final week of their season, there's a point to their to-do list: an extension for the coach Jeff Blashill.
The deal takes two years, according to a person who knows the situation. The length signals to Blashill that the organization wants to see the wings perform the playoffs during that time span. An announcement is expected to take place on Tuesday when the Wings align Penguins Penguins at the Little Caesars Arena.
While the wings are focused on a third lottery, the organization likes how hard Blashill plays the team and how they have maintained a culture of competitiveness as the team has adopted a youth movement. General Manager Ken Holland confirmed that Blashill would be extended on 25 February. He says Blashill did a good job and would sit down with him and talk about the expansion before the end of the season.
Jeff Blashill during a game in Colorado on March 5, 2019. (Photo: Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports)
The organization was particularly important this year is the growth of the young players that are shaping the rebuilding: Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi They are the team's top 4 scorers, and Larkin and Athanasiou this season became the team's first 30 goals in a decade.
Blashill is as Detroit coach 134-143-47. The wings are 30-38-10 this season, but were hit by injuries. They have a 6-1 throw as they play their last four games.
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