Detroit Red Wings will not renew Jeff Blashill’s contract as head coach

The Detroit Red WingsRed Wings executive vice president Steve Yzerman and GM Steve Blashill announced Saturday that the contract for Jeff Blashill, head coach, will not be renewed.

Detroit finished 32-40-10, winning 39% of its matches. This was barely better than last season's rate. Yzerman's initial season saw Detroit lose less than one-fourth its games.

Although the Red Wings were 20 points ahead of the NHL’s worst teams, they were only 30 points away winning a wild-card spot in the playoffs.

Detroit's streak of seasons without making the playoffs stretches to six years, after having been in 25 consecutive postseasons and winning four Stanley Cups.

Blashill is 204-261 72. He has indicated that he doesn't worry about his future with the franchise, and is proud of the progress made this season.

Assistant coach Doug HoudaJeff Saljko, the goaltending coach and also Jeff Saljko did not renew their contracts.

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