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Wings’ admission that coaching mix didn’t work out helps restore credibility

I saw Jeff Blashill last night, heading toward the Grand Rapids Griffins' locker room after last night's 2-1 loss, and I gave him a nod as he walked through the media and said, "Hey, guys."

Despite the fact that the bloom is most certainly off the rose regarding open fan hostility toward the Red Wings' coach, none the cameras or sound recorders or cell phones stopped working when Blashill walked by, nor did Blashill appear to have horns, a tail, or donkey ears.

I'm kidding about that stuff, of course, but I understand the frustration with the Red Wings' head coach, and I'm gonna be honest: the best damn thing I've heard or will hear this offseason is the fact that Pat Ferschweiler and Tony Granato won't return to flank Blashill's shoulders behind the Wings' bench, with the Wings looking for more experienced NHL assistant coaches instead.

When you've been around an NHL team, even for a little while, you realize that the coaching staff is very much so a team, and that the assistants have massive responsibilities in terms of running the offense, defense, special teams, and in the summer and fall, working with prospects.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Jonathan Ericsson discusses his difficult season

In the, "One thing leads to another" department, Winging It in Motown found a strange little report...

So Jonathan Ericsson spoke with Norrkopings Tidningar, explaining that he wants to start up a business selling bearnaise sauce in the U.S.--because he feels that the stuff we make here isn't very good--but that also leads to an article in which Ericsson spoke with Johny Daagh about his past season:

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Evening news: On Datsyuk, Howard-and-Bedard trade talk, Glendening and Tatar

Updated 3x at 6:32 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Free Press's, "Detroit Teams Stink, Hooray for Nyquist" article more or less discusses the title thereof;

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland today, and she broached the subject of Pavel Datsyuk's future as Datsyuk plays for Russia at the World Championship:

When he is done at the tournament, Datsyuk plans to return to Detroit to discuss his future with general manager Ken Holland and owners Mike and Marian Ilitch. Datsyuk has said he wants to return to Russia despite having a year left on his contract with the Wings, but won't make his decision final until later this month.

"Based on my conversation with Pav, and with his agent, my expectation is we'll sit down together," Holland told the Free Press on Monday.

3. And the Fourth Period suggests that the Wings' decision to part ways with Jim Bedard "fuel Howard trade speculation"...

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Pulkkinen, FIN defeat Larkin, USA; Nyquist struggles for SWE

Wrapping up today's Red Wings at the World Championship news:

Teemu Pulkkinen had an assist, 1 shot, finished at +1 and played 10:45 in Finland's 3-2 win over Team USA. Dylan Larkin had an assist and a shot in 20:08;

And Gustav Nyquist had a rough game, finishing at -3 in 16:08 of ice time as Sweden lost 4-2 to the Czech Republic.

Here are the highlights from said games:

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Datsyuk bags assist, Marchenko leads Russia in ice time vs. LAT

In the first of 3 games at the World Championship involving Red Wings players today (Gustav Nyquist and Sweden play the Czechs at 1:15 PM EDT, and Dylan Larkin and Team USA play Finland at the same time, on NBCSN), Pavel Datsyuk had an assist on an Artemi Panarin goal as the Russians celebrated Victory Day with a 4-0 win over Latvia.

Datsyuk, who finally looks comfortable playing with his Russian teammates, had a shot and finished at +1 in 13:36;

Alexey Marchenko, who played on the PK with Slava Voynov and looked damn good doing it, had a shot and finished at +1 in 20:29 of ice time. Marchenko's ice time led the Russian defensemen and the team in general.

Update: Here are the game's highlights:

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‘Three Things’: A profile of Paul Reddam; on Miller’s numbers and hockey pics

Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Fox Sports Detroit posted a profile of Nyquist the Horse's owner, Paul Reddam:

2. DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose examined Drew Miller's 2015-16 season "By the Numbers"...

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Khan, Duff: Ferschweiler to the press box, Bedard’s contract not renewed

Updated 4x at 11:40 AM: From MLive's Ansar Khan:

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff confirms:

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Ryan Martin talks Red Wings prospects with WOOD TV

WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski spoke with Red Wings assistant GM (and Grand Rapids Griffins GM) Ryan Martin regarding the management coming to Grand Rapids to watch the Griffins play playoff hockey, and Martin states that he, Ken Holland, Kris Draper and Jeff Blashill all took in Sunday's game (the management watched the Griffins in Cleveland as well).

Martin discusses Xavier Ouellet (who he points out is on a one-way contract next year), Ryan Sproul, Nick Jensen and Martin Frk as potential roster additions as no longer waiver-exempt players next season, developing organizational depth, and Martin wraps up with a discussion of Anthony Mantha's progress made over the past year.

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Grand Rapids Griffins lose 2-1 to the Lake Erie Monsters in Game 3

Updated 3x at 10:51 PM: I haven't seen a game like the Grand Rapids Griffins' 2-1 loss to the Lake Erie Monsters before, not at the AHL level, and maybe in terms of the series, not at the NHL level, either.

Grand Rapids is down 3-0 in the series almost entirely because Joonas Korpisalo has been nothing short of sensational.

On Sunday, he stopped 42 of 42 shots--9 from Eric Tangradi alone, and that's an honest total, not a padded one--and the Finnish goalie with the squid legs who took out the Wings in that crucial early March tilt is at it again down here in the AHL.

The fact that Josh Anderson walked down the wing on the first shift and blasted a puck past Tom McCollum didn't aid things, but the Griffins were able to fire 22 shots on Korpisalo in the 1st, they beat him in the 2nd, on a Ryan Sproul slap shot from the point, and by the time Grand Rapids had pulled its goalie and was playing six against the Monsters in the game's final minute-and-a-half...

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Duff: Nyquist the Horse’s owner vindicated by Kentucky Derby win

I promise this is the last "Nyquist the Horse" article for some time. The Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with Nyquist's owner, Windsor's Paul Reddam, about his colt's win:

“I feel really good for the horse, because along the way the last year, he has taken a lot of shots for whatever reason,” Reddam said. “And I think he proved all his critics wrong.

“What people don’t understand about Nyquist is he does just what he has to do, both him and his rider (Mario Gutierrez). When the race is won, every race, if you watch it closely, the last part of it he’s eased up at some point because the job is finished.”

That was again the case Saturday. Given the perfect trip by Gutierrez, Nyquist gained the lead at the top of the stretch and pulled away. Once victory was certain, Nyquist eased to the wire, beating the fast-closing Exaggerator by a length and a quarter.

It was a typical Nyquist victory. He knew what he had to do, and he did it.

“They haven’t necessarily been wowed by him because he’s not out there winning by 10 (lengths), but he doesn’t have to,” Reddam said. “Horse racing is about class, not about time. It’s amazing how many even public handicappers don’t really fully grasp that.”

Growing up in Windsor, Reddam, 60, who now calls California home, feels like he’s seen and heard it all before.

Duff continues, and he also penned an article about Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson's connection to Reddam's racehorses.

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