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Red Wings waiting for end of Griffins' season to name new coach

DETROIT -- Don't expect any major announcements from the Detroit Red Wings about their next coach as long as their Grand Rapids affiliate is still playing.

General manager Ken Holland said the Red Wings will not announce a new coach until the Griffins are finished with the playoffs.

Grand Rapids coach Jeff Blashill has been an obvious candidate to take over the Red Wings from the moment coach Mike Babcock left for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Griffins are in the Western Conference finals of the AHL playoffs. They trailed Utica 2-1 in a best-of-seven series heading into Friday night's Game 4.