Red Wings, Blashill agree to two-year contract extension

Coach Jeff Blashill and the Detroit Red Wings have agreed on a two-year contract extension, general manager Ken Holland announced Tuesday.A Detroit native, Blashill, 45, is in his fourth season as coach of the Red Wings. He has compiled a 135-143-47 since his hiring on June 9, 2015. Despite his relatively short time behind the Red Wings’ bench, he is the seventh-longest tenured head coach in the NHL.”I think that Jeff has done a very, very good job considering the circumstances of a rebuild,” Holland told reporters. “I think on a night-to-night basis, our team has been very, very competitive. I think we’ve been involved in close to the most one-goal games in the league this year. When I look at the development of the young players on our team, as we’ve gone through this rebuild, they’ve all improved, they’ve all gotten better.”When I hired Jeff as a coach, he was the second-youngest coach in the National Hockey League and he’s been behind the bench now for four years. I think he’s learned a lot in four years behind the bench of a National Hockey League team and I want to put that experience to good use as we go forward in this rebuild. I’m very, very excited to announce that Jeff’s coming back for two more years.”