DETROIT (WXYZ) — Coaching changes are coming to the Detroit Red Wings, the team announced Saturday.
Contracts will not be renewed for head coach Jeff Blashill, assistant coach Doug Houda and goaltending coach Jeff Salajko, General Manager Steve Yzerman said.
Jeff Blashill is out as head coach of the Red Wings, but after his final game with Detroit he said: "there is no doubt that the arc of the organization is heading in the right direction."— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) May 1, 2022
The question now is- who will be leading that direction? We'll find out this offseason. pic.twitter.com/X8VNaIdcxE
Blashill just finished his seventh season as head coach of the Red Wings. He’s been with the organization for 11 seasons.
The Michigan native had a record of 204-261-72 during his seven seasons in Detroit. He took over after Mike Babcock left the team after the 2014-15 season. Only one was a winning season — the first where they made the playoffs — but it came amid a rebuild for the Red Wings.
I spoke with @m_bultman today who had great perspective on Jeff Blashill. Bultman says he isn't all to blame, but the way things fell apart in the 2nd half may have led to this.— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) May 1, 2022
"The Red Wings may have over-performed in the first half, but they showed there was more in them." pic.twitter.com/Y57Xn5SgTa
Houda and Salajko have both worked in their respective positions with the Red Wings for the last six seasons.
This season started strong for Detroit but the last two months have not been good for the Red Wings. Some games have included blowout losses, losing 9-2 to Arizona and 11-2 to Pittsburgh.