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Blash’s Badges | DetroitRedWings.com

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill hosts police officers and their families each home game as part of his Blash’s Badges program.

I don’t know how much longer Jeff Blashill will be behind the bench for the Red Wings, but I do know that it seems like he’s a good man. We’ve seen a lot of stories coming out about misconduct by NHL head coaches and I’d like believe that Blashill is one of the good ones.

Around the League

WHAT COMES NEXT FOR PETER DEBOER? A LOOK AT FIVE POTENTIAL NHL LANDING SPOTS | The Hockey News

But what makes DeBoer a worthwhile replacement? Before arriving in the NHL, he was regarded as one of the best junior coaches in the game. His OHL record, which includes one CHL and two OHL coach of the year nods, speaks for itself, as does his OHL title, Memorial Cup victory and World Junior Championship gold medal. Why is that important? Well, it speaks to his ability to work with and develop young talent, of which the Red Wings will have a boatload in the near future. Finding a coach who can shape the up-and-comers into legitimate and productive NHLers will be essential to Detroit’s future success.

Would you be happy if Peter DeBoer was the pick to replace Blashill (assuming he’s eventually let go) as head coach of the Wings?