Jeff Blashill, coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, could be the leading candidate to replace Mike Babcock as Detroit Red Wings coach.
Babcock on Wednesday left the Red Wings after 10 seasons to become coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Grand Rapids has won its first two series in the Calder Cup Playoffs and will play the Utica Comets in the Western Conference Finals. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday he has contacted Blashill and will meet with him in the near future, likely during the next round.
"I reached out to [Blashill] to say, 'Blash, in the next little while you're the first guy I want to talk to. You've been in the organization. You've been the head coach in Grand Rapids. You've been Mike's assistant coach,'" Holland said Wednesday.