Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has received a contract extension for five consecutive seasons despite a lost record and no playoffs.
Conditions were not disclosed.
Blashill, 47, has just completed his 10th season with the organization. He originally joined the Red Wings as an assistant coach for the 2011/12 season. He was hired as head coach after Mike Babcock took over the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2015, and his tenure as head coach is the third longest in the NHL.
He had previously received a two-year contract extension in April 2019 before General Manager Steve Yzerman was hired in Detroit.
After the season, Blashill and Yzerman said they would discuss the manager’s future.
“I’ve been a Red Wing for a long time. I’ve certainly enjoyed every second I’ve been part of this organization and we’ll see what tomorrow brings,” said Blashill at the time.
The Red Wings made the 2015/16 postseason, Blashill’s first year behind the bench. Detroit spent the next five seasons in an extended remodel, scoring the lowest percentage of points in the NHL from 2016-17 to 2021 (.420). Blashill’s career record is 172-221-62.
Reconstruction continues under Blashill. The Red Wings have 11 picks in the first five rounds of the 2021 NHL draft.
Yzerman also announced that assistant coach Dan Bylsma “will explore other NHL opportunities in 2021-22”. He was responsible for the team’s strikers and the power play, which finished 30th (11.4%) in the NHL.
Bylsma won a Stanley Cup in 2009 as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins and was also head coach of the Buffalo Sabers.