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Jeff Blashill Is Back For Another Year

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

Just as young players need some time to develop, so do young coaches.

Detroit Red Wings vice president and general manager Ken Holland said as much when he announced that Jeff Blashill would return as the team's head coach next season.

"I think in Jeff's case, he's got three years of experience," Holland said. "Some of those ideas that he might have had when he became an NHL head coach, with the success that he had in the American Hockey League, the success he had in college, the success that he had in junior hockey, this is a totally different set of circumstances. The team played hard right to the end. We've been out of it for … unless we went on a massive, won seven or eight or nine in a row, we really just sort of stayed behind and then we lost nine in a row in March and the bottom fell out. But I thought even when we lost nine in a row, we lost a lot of games by a goal, we played hard.

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Paul's avatar

If you want to check out all the interviews today, head over to the Wings’ YouTube page.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/10/18 at 07:14 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

“I think in Jeff’s case, he’s got three years of experience,” Holland said.
Apparently Jeff wasn’t “over ripe” before he made the team and has been given 3 hears to make an impact. Since that has been a failure he needs to be traded for whatever we can get for him.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 04/10/18 at 07:29 PM ET


I think KH is wrong, but I hope I’m wrong.

Good luck.
-signed the resigned.

Posted by Ventr on 04/10/18 at 07:38 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Fuching Bizarro World. Down is up. Losing by one goal isn’t really losing. Really???


Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 04/10/18 at 10:31 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Fuching Bizarro World. Down is up. Losing by one goal isn’t really losing. Really???

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

Yes, Kate, really. See, the players first needed to learn “the right way” to lose one-goal games. Next year, they’ll learn the right way to win one-goal games. It’s all part of the “process.”

I just don’t understand why folks can’t understand the brilliance of the Blashill-Holland method.  confused

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/11/18 at 10:51 AM ET

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