DETROIT – There will be changes for the Red Wings this offseason but that won’t be with the general manager or head coach.
Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill will both return in their same roles next season.
“We have 100 percent confidence in Ken Holland,” said Chris Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings. “He’s an excellent general manager and executive vice president and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him in the future.”
Holland has one more season remaining on his current contract while Blashill has two more seasons left on his.
“Obviously it was a tough year,” Holland said. “I think in watching the team the last four, five or six weeks, when we were way behind, I thought the team played hard right to the finish line. The power play improved dramatically since the middle of February so my thoughts are right now that Jeff should come back.”
Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg believes that the onus is on the players to improve.
“He’s doing well,” Zetterberg said. “If you ask him, he’d probably say it’s been a challenge to come in and take over. It’s been a lot of young players that he’s been coaching. I think he’s been doing a good job. Obviously the result is not what he wanted but as I said, we have it in here, we just got to get better together and it will be a better outcome.”