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Why Cholowski Sat In Vancouver And The Future Of Jeff Blashill

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

On the Dennis Cholowski decision...

“I have a heart. I’m a parent,” Blashill said during a Monday afternoon phone conversation explaining the decision. “I understand the importance of it. Without question, that enters my mind. Part of my job is to put personal feelings aside and make decisions on what’s best for the hockey team. We were sitting another defenseman in (Filip) Hronek, who we felt we wanted to get back into the lineup.”

On Jeff Blashill...

Often, the evaluation of a coach, and ultimately his job security, is dictated by how the team fares versus expectations. The Jack Adams winner usually isn’t the league’s best coach. It’s the coach whose team defies expectations the most. In this case, the Red Wings are exactly where they were projected to be. And in Blashill’s favor, they play hard. They’re consistently losing close games. They play a fast game that is very much in line with how the best teams play. The reality is that the roster on the other side of the ice is usually better than the Red Wings on a night-to-night basis. That’s not on the coach.

Before the season, Holland conceded that his evaluation of Blashill this season would be different than the typical GM and coach evaluation. “Every team is at a different stage,” Holland said. “Managers and coaches are judged for different reasons based upon where your franchise is, what cycle it’s in.”

In this case, it shouldn’t be about the spot in the standings. One-goal losses are probably the best-case scenario for the Red Wings, who need Jack Hughes more than a No. 8 spot in the playoffs. Blashill’s evaluation should rest completely on how the young players are performing and growing under his watch.

much more ($$$$) on both topics plus as Custance writes, the elephant in the room is the future of Steve Yzerman...

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Video- The Talk After Today’s Practice In Vancouver

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Detroit’s Frustrating Power Play

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

After going 0-for-3 in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the Wings currently sit 25th in the league at 16.5 percent.

Although the results have mostly been the same, Wings coach Jeff Blashill sees a difference.

"I think one of the biggest things in coaching is that you fight through frustration," Blashill said. "You see things as they are. And the same can be said when you have success and sometimes it's fool's gold. You have to see things as realistic as possible and right now it's frustrating where the power play's at. I think the power play spent time where it wasn't dangerous at all, where we weren't doing a good job with our entries, where the process wasn't very good. Just like our team game, I guess.

"But lately I've felt the power play has felt way more dangerous. We've had opportunities to score. I think our entries have been good. The last power play last night wasn't good enough for sure, so we gotta make sure we get rid of any of those stinker power plays. We've gotta consistently go out there and have good power plays, and if you do that you're gonna score. We got also understand that the best power plays in the world at best score once every four times. You're not gonna score every time. You just gotta keep the process great, and I think it has been much better. If it stays like that, we'll get results. I would say the same thing with our team. The challenge is to make sure it stays like that."

Thomas Vanek also compared the power play to the overall team play.

read on plus more topics...

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Wings Practicing In Vancouver

They'll head to Edmonton later today.

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

de la Rose is on the ice, Glendening is not.

I will update as needed.

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The Seattle Talk Regarding Ken Holland

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times believes the Seattle expansion team will hire a GM this year and lists a few names, including...

It’s worth keeping an eye on Detroit, where longstanding GM Ken Holland has a year remaining on his contract after this season with former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman poised as his successor.

Yzerman, 53, is an obvious Seattle choice, given he built a Tampa Bay Lightning franchise – much of it under then-CEO Leiweke – currently leading the President’s Trophy race. But Yzerman resigned as Lightning GM last September and remains on a one-year contract as an advisor there, largely for family reasons.

He still lives with his wife, Lisa, in Detroit, where he played all 22 seasons of his Hall of Fame career and won three Stanley Cup titles. Yzerman tired of regularly commuting from Detroit to Tampa as Lightning GM and his three daughters now attend college in the Northeast, so he’s almost certainly not coming here. It’s a matter of what happens with Holland.

Not long ago, B.C. native Holland, 63, would have been most teams’ first GM choice, given his overall success and renowned talent-spotting and player development. Lately, his reputation has taken a hit in Detroit as the rebuilding Red Wings struggle under the salary-cap weight of Holland-approved contracts.

Still, this is Holland’s 22ndseason as Red Wings GM and he’d made the playoffs every year until 2017, notching three Stanley Cup titles.

The Red Wings aren’t playoff-bound now, so there’s opportunity for ownership to swap out Holland for Yzerman a year early. Seattle hiring Holland would give him and the Red Wings a dignified way out of a difficult situation.

more candidates...

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Why Dennis Cholowski Was A Healthy Scratch In Vancouver

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Had the Detroit Red Wings been healthier, Dennis Cholowski would have been a healthy scratch sooner.

That was the message from coach Jeff Blashill after Cholowski sat out Sunday’s matinee against the Vancouver Canucks, a spectator at Rogers Arena as the Wings lost, 3-2.

“This isn’t a one-day decision,” Blashill said. “This has been coming for a while. Part of the learning process for any player is, at times, sitting. People talk about development and they think it’s playing, well, sometimes it’s sitting. Sometimes you have to learn both from a chance to take a breather and watch a game, but just as importantly to understand that you have to correct certain things.

“His defensive game, he’s had way too many times where we’ve been digging it out of the net and he has to continue to learn and get better at those things.”

The Wings couldn't sit Cholowski earlier because of injuries. Veteran defenseman Mike Green returned to the lineup Jan. 11, and Danny DeKeyser on Tuesday.


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Video- Highlights Of Detroit’s 3-2 Loss To Vancouver

5 minutes to watch.

added 8:05pm, Below, watch Dennis Cholowski in Vanouver, his home town.

added 8:17pm, Jeff Blashill post-game is below.

added 8:51pm, below watch multiple players after the game.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Canucks

Well the Wings played well enough to win but they didn't.

Detroit dominated the second period while scoring two goals and lead 2-1 going to the third.

The Wings knew Vancouver would come out strong in the final period and once again Detroit could not hold a lead.

Canucks scored two in the third to win 3-2.

Goals and stats are below.

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If You’ve Made It This Far

Welcome to all if you've made it this far. Die hard fans. All 19 of you. Hoping for 19 comments today......  A win would be nice too....

It's a Live Blog!

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Video- Jeff Blashill Before Today’s Game In Vancouver

Just south of five minutes long.


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