Jeff Blashill back in the NHL

Jeff Blashill back in the NHL

BETTING À DAY

The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Jeff Blashill as an assistant coach on Tuesday to assist head coach Jon Cooper.

The 48-year-old will join a group of assistants including Frantz Jean (head of goalkeeping), Jeff Halpern and Rob Zettler. He is the former Detroit Red Wings pilot who suffered the ax at the end of the last campaign, after a stint of seven years at the helm of this formation.

Blashill has maintained a record of 204 -261-72 in 537 regular season games at Michigan. He was unable to lead the Wings to the playoffs after pulling it all off in his first year.

Previously, the American led Detroit's AHL farm club, the Grand Rapids Griffins , for three years, and he won the Calder Cup in 2013.