YZERMAN: ‘No plans on making coaching change at this time’

It appears that Jeff Blashill will return for a 6th season with the Red Wings

Jeff Blashill is returning as head coach for the Red Wings next season, general manager Steve Yzerman announced Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement came on a zoom call with the media — a new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Blashill, entering now his sixth year as Detroit’s bench boss, has made the playoffs only once during his tenure with the Red Wings. The club had a one-year option on his contract.

Yzerman continued to drive home that they need to build a better team, and not pin all of the blame on coaching.

This past year, we’ve seen a long list of coaches get canned — Including names like Bruce Boudreau, Mike Babcock, and Gerard Gallant. There was a growing chorus from many Red Wings fans to consider some of the coaches that had been terminated in the 2019-2020 season.

Yzerman’s words are about as carefully phrased as it gets. “At this time” hints that he’s ready to make a change when the right opportunity comes, but also that he believes Blashill is a better coach than maybe most think. I think it’s fair to speculate that if the team takes another nasty nosedive, Yzerman is comfortable making swift changes.

During the interview, Yzerman also announced that a team captain will be named before next season.