Quick Hits: Jeff Blashill Is The New Red Wings' Head Coach

Red Wings News

Wired for success, Blashill is new coach | Detroit Red Wings
It is officially official. Jeff Blashill is the new Red Wings' head coach.

Report: Gordie Howe 'comfortable' after second treatment | The Detroit News
Great news about Gordie Howe!

Nicklas Lidstrom says Jeff Blashill will be good coach for Detroit Red Wings | NHL.com
Nicklas Lidström voices his approval of the Wings' hire of Jeff Blashill.

Niyo: Chelios ready to serve as Wings assistant | The Detroit News
Chris Chelios seems like a natural coach to me and I have been hoping that he would become one of Blashill's assistant coaches. Also, Tony Granato still hopes to return to the Wings' bench next season.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland speaks on future of Dan Cleary, other players | WXYZ.com
Holland said that Erik Cole will not return to the Wings and that he is still uncertain of what he will do with Marek Zidlicky. Holland also said that Dan Cleary may return to the Wings next season.

Blashill stresses strong ties to Detroit | The Detroit News
Jeff Blashill is a native Detroiter.

NHL News

NHLPA readies $3M 'back to school' program | TSN
After the death of Steve Montador in February, the NHLPA was criticized for not preparing NHL players enough for their post-playing lives. They are now working to change that, and to prepare NHL players for what lies ahead.

NBC Sports chairman wants NHL players to stop growing playoff beards | For The Win
Ridiculous. If anything, NBC should be able to use the beards as a marketing ploy.

Coyotes ‘open for business’ as draft day nears | ProHockeyTalk
Does this mean that Oliver Ekman-Larsson is available?

Bruce Boudreau appears safe as Ducks cut assistant loose | Puck Daddy
Boudreau does not have to pack his bags just yet.

Quenneville thinks Hossa ‘could be’ the next Jagr or Selanne | ProHockeyTalk
While Jaromir Jagr will be the next Chris Chelios.

Lightning CEO apologizes to Army captain over ticket policy mess | CBSSports.com
I understand why they have the policy that they have, but there comes a point when it becomes too restrictive.

Blackhawks coach angrily kicks towel to dispute penalty call - SBNation.com
I am going to miss Babcock staring referees down.

Czech national team coach Ruzicka resigns amid bribery scandal | ProHockeyTalk
Vladimir Ruzicka accepted a bribe worth $20,000 while coaching Slavia Prague.

Ex-Maple Leafs coach Wilson's advice for Babcock | Sportsnet.ca
From Wilson about Babcock: "He’s got to make sure the players communicate with the media, that’s the biggest problem they have in Toronto."

Let's Go Red Wings!