The Red Wings have kept a valuable member of the organization. Jeff Blashill agreed to a new three-year contract to remain head coach of the organization's minor-league affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins. Blashill, 40, had one year remaining on his contract and general manager Ken Holland did not allow other NHL teams to interview Blashill for potential head coaching openings around the league. Holland could revisit that issue next summer, depending on Babcock's future and what else transpires around the NHL. The new deal voids the final year of Blashill’s old contract. "Jeff Blashill has done a tremendous job in Grand Rapids," Holland said. "Our young players were instrumental in getting us into the playoffs for a 23rd straight season, and the championship experience they got under Jeff in Grand Rapids was invaluable in turning those young players into NHL players. "We're excited to keep one of the top young coaches in hockey to continue to lead in the development of the next wave of Red Wings." Blashill has been part of the Red Wings organization for three seasons, the first on the bench as an assistant for Mike Babcock.