MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 12: Assistant coach Dan Bylsma speaks with head coach Jeff Blashill of the Detroit Red Wings against the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 12, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Jeff Blashill been tapped by the Tampa Bay Lightning to join the team’s coaching staff as an assistant to Jon Cooper.

The news arrives less than two weeks after the position opened in Tampa, following Wings general manager Steve Yzerman hiring ex-Lightning assistant Derek Lalonde as head coach in Detroit.

Blashill, 48, joined the Wings in 2015, following the departure of Mike Babcock. Blashill had already been in Detroit from 2011-12.

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