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After Babcock's departure, Detroit's focus turns to Blashill

After Babcock's departure, Detroit's focus turns to Blashill


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DETROIT (AP) — Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he wants to talk to minor league coach Jeff Blashill about Detroit's coaching vacancy.

Detroit has an opening after Mike Babcock was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Blashill is the coach of Detroit's American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids, and he was honored as the AHL's outstanding coach in 2013-14.

Holland says he hopes to visit with Blashill soon, and he'll figure out then whether a more extensive search is necessary.

Blashill was one of Babcock's assistants before becoming the coach at Grand Rapids. Blashill led the Griffins to their first AHL championship in 2013.

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