For the first time in seven years, the Red Wings are looking for a head coach.
The group announced Saturday afternoon that it would not renew the contracts of head coach Jeff Blashill, or assistant Doug Houda and Jeff Salajko. Blashill was the longest-serving second coach in the league, behind only Jon Cooper of Tampa Bay – the last coach hired by Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman when he was with Lightning.
Now, Yzerman has launched a new search, looking for another long-term solution.
We smashed some of the potential top spot as Detroit’s search continued.
Trainers with NHL knowledge
Lane Lambert, assistant manager, New York Islanders
A former Yzeman (and roommate) from Detroit, Lambert has spent the past decade as a right-wing man for Barry Trotz in Nashville, Washington and now New York. Detroit’s GM’s acquaintance is exciting, but even without this, Lambert’s time to learn from one of NHL’s best coaches is invaluable and would have been Lambert at the top of the list of people he wants to be with no matter what. The Islanders advanced to the Eastern Conference last season as underdogs and pushed Lightning to play seven games last season.
“He’s got a lot,” Islanders midfielder Matt Martin said of Lambert two seasons ago. “You do not get into games that you are not prepared for.”
Travis Green, free agent
Green was approved by the Canucks in December after four seasons plus on the back of the Vancouver bench, which included a move to Game 7 of the conference semi-finals in 2020. He oversaw the arrival of Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes in Vancouver, so he has the experience to receive a young team that is still in the middle of rebuilding and bringing them into the playoffs. At the same time, the Canucks 2021-22 season turned upside down with the arrival of Bruce Boudreau, who was on the verge of reviving Vancouver all the way back to the playoffs.
Jim Montgomery, assistant teacher, St. Louis Blues
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Benoit Groulx, head coach, Syracuse Crunch
Groulx was hired to coach Crunch – a Lightning farm team – in 2016-17, while Yzerman was still in Tampa Bay, and made his final Calder Cup in his first season. This season, Syracuse should also finish near the North Division.
And most importantly, however, Yzerman’s defense in Tampa Bay, now GM’s Julien BriseBois, called the 54-year-old Groulx a “hockey expert.” That’s a big nod from the man who took over the role of Yzerman and Lightning, making Groulx one of the top names to see here.
Ryan Warsofsky, head coach, Chicago Wolves
Warsofsky coached the Wolves to become the best player in the AHL this season and was an assistant to the Charlotte Checkers’ 2019 Calder Cup team that featured Alex Nedeljkovic in 2019. It has an impressive record for a 34-year-old coach. Age is a fun thing, because he can train a player or two who is older than him in the NHL, but it is hard to argue with the results so far.
Mitch Love, head coach, Stockton Heat
Stockton looks set to win the Pacific Division in Love’s first year on the job, a year after graduating from AHL’s Canadian Division. He spent the past three years coaching the WHL Saskatoon and has served as an assistant to Team Canada in 2020 and 2021 World Juniors, as well as the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup in the past. He is 37 years old, too, but such a change in his first season of AHL is exciting, and his experience with hockey Canada should give Detroit confidence he can work with young players.
Karl Taylor, head teacher, Milwaukee Admirals
AHL youth coach for 2019-20, Taylor spent last season as Wolves coach when the Admirals came out in the 2020-21 season. This year, he is back on the bench at Milwaukee and has the Admirals in the playoffs. Notes by Taylor: Milwaukee’s strong performances have been performing well over the past two seasons, reaching 25.2 percent in its 2019-20 season and 23.6 percent this year.
From college or junior hockey
David Carle, senior lecturer, Denver University
Denver won the 2022 NCAA Tournament, defeating two very different teams in the Frozen Four to take the title. First, they outscored the talented Michigan team (which also included four of the top five selected in the 2021 NHL draft) by snatching their 3-2 win, bringing out Wolverines 33-21. Then, he scored five goals for one of the country’s best defense teams, Minnesota State – and its winner Hobey Baker Dryden McKay – to win the national title.
The Red Wings need to get to know Carle, who is expected to be a Detroit trio in the winning team. He is only 32 years old, but has already been at Frozen Four for four years as head coach, plus two others as an assistant. In short it shouts the future NHL bench boss. The question is when.
Dennis Williams, head coach, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
In his five years as head coach of Silvertips, the Williams team has never recorded a record lower than .688. It was his first year, and Everett came to the end of the WHL. They have won the US title in four to five years, including this season. WHL is the highest level of training, but it is the best history. At 42, would the Red Wings shoot to bring him to the NHL?
Roger Rönnberg, head teacher, Frölunda (SHL)
The Red Wings love to write from Frölunda, a Swedish club where Detroit have signed Lucas Raymond, Simon Edvinsson, Elmer Söderblom and many others in recent years. Can he persuade his coach, who has led the team to two Swedish and European Champions League games four times? NHL teams in history have not recruited many coaches in Europe. But considering the large population of Sweden, in particular, Detroit wrote in recent years, the idea of bringing in a teacher who speaks their own language (as well as English), would be interesting. Prior to coaching Frölunda, he led Sweden to the World Junior gold, with his former players being highly regarded.
“He probably has a charm in the middle of being able to release his players, and he also wants more when it comes to game time,” said Avalanche player Gabriel Landeskog, who played for Rönnberg at the 2010-11 World Juniors.
Cam Abbott, head teacher, Rögle (SHL)
Abbott coached Rögle to three straight-three in the SHL, plus a good record in the league this year. The club also won the European Champions League this spring. It has been a shocking turn of events for Abbott and his twin brother Chris (GM of the club), who took over from Rögle a year after the club was about to be disbanded.
One of the best players in Rögle under the leadership of Detroit defender Moritz Seider, who won the SHL’s Defenseman of the Year award in the spectacular 2021. This season, Red Wings manager William Wallinder was named Sweden’s Young Player of the Year in his year. the first is the team. That’s why the Red Wings need to know Abbott better. Can he play both, and add Cam behind the bench and Chris in the top position in the front office?
Rikard Grönborg, head coach, ZSC Lions (NLA)
Grönborg, who played college hockey in St. Louis. Cloud State coached the US for several years in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, having spent almost a decade coaching the Swedish national team at various levels ranging from the U18 to U20 to the World Championships and the Olympics. Now, he is coaching Zurich in the Swiss National League, where he has the Lions preparing for the 7-game tournament on Sunday. no is said to have been questioned by Sabers in 2021 and was head coach of Sweden’s 2016 World Cup team – of which Red Vings Vice President of Hockey Operations Nicklas Lidstrom was the coach.
Jukka Jalonen, head coach, Finnish national team
Jalonen seems to have won. He led Finland to the Olympic Gold last year, the World Championship gold in 2019 and the World Junior gold in 2016. He is currently 60 years old, and Detroit’s relations with Finland are not as strong as they are in Sweden. But he has done so well that he deserves to be mentioned and considered seriously by the NHL.
Sergei Fedorov, head teacher, CSKA (KHL)
Looking for the best fiction hire? How it is: Fedorov, in his first year as CSKA head coach in the KHL, just won the Gagarin Cup, coming off the bottom 3-1 in a row. The story of the Red Wing who won the Stanley Cups alongside Yzerman and Lidstrom in the past, you can bet that former teammates know.
There are, of course, difficulties. Although it was like the Hall of Famer and one of the brightest red wings, Fedorov’s number has not changed with the permit, the scars that have been visible since Fedorov signed a document issued by the Hurricanes and left for Anaheim. If the owners can’t get rid of his number, can they get him back as a head teacher?
However, Yzerman’s front office includes many of his former teammates, and bringing back one of the biggest, from the competition, could be one hell of a hell of a part. Will it happen?
Igor Larionov, head teacher, Russia
Larionov has been on the minds of Red Wings fans since he started coaching at international tournaments, including coaching Russia’s 2021 World Junior team. Russia reached the pinnacle of the Bronze Medal Games that year, but its reputation as a player (called “Professor”) and the coaching skills he described have made him a popular figure among fans.
But if Larionov returns to Detroit, it does not look good right now. Russian company Sport-Express has named Larionov as head coach of KHL Torpedo.
(Photo by Benoit Groulx, right: Rick Madonik / Toronto Star via Getty Images