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A Good Sign For Jeff Blashill?

 

I'm waiting until after Yzerman talks before commenting.

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d ca's avatar

Is that some sort of promising sign for Blashill

In related news, the top of the 2021 NHL draft class is:
Aatu Räty C Finland
Owen Power D Chicago (USHL)
Kent Johnson C Trail (BCHL)
Chaz Lucius C USA-H NTDP

so that’s looking on the positive side of things when Blash comes back….

Posted by d ca on 05/26/20 at 10:57 PM ET

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Hopefully its Blash’s farewell/apology speech.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/26/20 at 11:09 PM ET

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This puts me at a moral crisis, as this has been something of a cathartic season. Wins were never the point this year, just development. From most professional accounts, Coach Blashill is a good dude who cares. Yes, there were personnel deployments with the given roster that I would’ve preferred not been made. I do not advocate for the demise / failure of others. Firing Coach Blashill would’ve looked like a failure, and I do not / cannot wish that upon him now, despite what this site’s archives might show. To not renew his contract is a different arc. I have to believe that Mr. Yzerman is too fiery to allow this degree of poor play to continue, and he will know to what level the coach is complicit.

To better days ahead!

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 05/26/20 at 11:29 PM ET

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Mr. Yzerman is too fiery to allow this degree of poor play to continue, and he will know to what level the coach is complicit.

To better days ahead!

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch from The Land of Potential Bottom Six Skill on 05/26/20 at 11:29 PM ET


Agreed, this roster went into the season expected to be in the bottom 10 at best. Then we lose our #1 D, and our #1 scoring threat for the majority of the season, the starter going into the season falls off so far and has his confidence shot so much, he couldn’t start in the AHL, and the GM brought in a #2 UFA Center that led the league minuses.  Hard to make a good dinner without ingredients. 

To your point, that ignores what goes on that we don’t see, practicing prep, knowing whether a locker room has bought in or is lost, and whether player by player growth expectations Stevie had were met.

The other thing to consider is the timing of a shortened season, not having a camp, is that the best time to bring in a new coach, or let this coach ride out his last year? Especially when the likely plan is to lose, you think UFA coaches are coming in if Yzerman tells them he wants to be picking top 5 again?

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/26/20 at 11:44 PM ET

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I like Blash.  I really do.  He’s even keeled in the worst of all storms a coach can go through.  One GM throws you one way, another GM comes along throws you the next.  Still, gets the job done.  Doesn’t stick his neck out, develops player, deals with ballast.

That being said, if we give up on a chance to get Gerard Gallant, an artery is going to explode in my head.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/27/20 at 01:16 AM ET

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That being said, if we give up on a chance to get Gerard Gallant, an artery is going to explode in my head.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/27/20 at 01:16 AM ET

How do you know that Yzerman wants Spuddy and that Spuddy wants to come here and do what Yzerman wants to do?

I think Yzerman’s stated goal is to acquire more draft capital next year.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/27/20 at 07:39 AM ET

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Is that some sort of promising sign for Blashill that he’s scheduled to talk a day after Yzerman?

I don’t know, is it inherently a good sign when a GM speaks to a coach the day after the team’s season is officially over?

Posted by BaromirBragr on 05/27/20 at 08:58 AM ET

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Yeah one thing that’s clear: even if we had been guaranteed
a top-two pick, we’d still have needed at the very least one, probably two or three
more top picks.

(And some clever, prescient drafting beyond the first round.)

Not saying a top coach can’t make a lasting difference.
But we don’t have half the roster St. Louis did when they replaced
Yeo with Berube, for example.

We don’t want bad habits or regression.

But we also don’t want the ephemeral sugar high of a
new personality juicing our record before we have more pieces in place.

I’m agnostic as to whether Blashill is the right guy for another season.
But I can see the thought process behind riding things out for another year.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/27/20 at 04:18 PM ET

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