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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The wait continues around Little Caesars Arena.

The regular season ended Saturday for the Red Wings, but a decision regarding the future of coach Jeff Blashill has yet to be announced.

Tuesday came and went with no word from general manager Steve Yzerman regarding a decision as to whether Blashill will return for a seventh season.

The delay is a mild surprise.

Yzerman said during his news conference after the trade deadline in March that he would meet with Blashill quickly after the season.

Maybe the two have met, but an announcement on Blashill’s future still hasn’t made public, leading to more speculation and guessing regarding Blashill’s job security with the Wings.

The lack of news surrounding Blashill comes at a time while other NHL teams already have made decisions.

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It’s almost like the GM who has preached patience since his arrival is also teaching it to the beat writers.

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 05/11/21 at 07:11 PM ET

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Maybe they are also completing exit interviews.

It seem like a thorough GM like Yzerman, who likes to gather information
from relevant parties, might want to talk to the players first (and not just rush through interviews with them) before making a final decision and announcement re: the coach.

It’s not like HSJ et al are SY’s editors and he’s blown past their deadline.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/11/21 at 07:44 PM ET

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It’s not like HSJ et al are SY’s editors and he’s blown past their deadline.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/11/21 at 07:44 PM ET

+19.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/11/21 at 07:47 PM ET

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Good things come to those who wait? Lol

The way Blash was trying to showcase how well Rasmussen has progressed leads me to believe that there is still uncertainty involved.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 05/11/21 at 07:58 PM ET

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I heard it’s that Yzerman is working on a complex trade regarding Jack Eichel and that doctors are gathering and reviewing medical records…but Eichel said he doesn’t want to play for any more AHL coaches that turn their teams into losers..

See I can make $h!t up too and fit a somewhat relative narrative…

Posted by d ca on 05/11/21 at 10:16 PM ET

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‘the Wings should tank for the lottery’
‘blashill is so bad he is the reason they lose, fire him!’

Score one for consistency

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/11/21 at 10:33 PM ET

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Blashill is an excuse to delay the rebuild.

If the GM fires Blashill he has to roll up his sleeves and actually start the “rebuild”.

My money is on Blashill getting a two year renewal so Stevie can Wonder a bit more…

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 05/11/21 at 10:43 PM ET

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CLEVELAND – Kaden Fulcher earned his first AHL shutout behind 22 saves and Joe Veleno and Riley Barber scored first-period power play goals to give the Grand Rapids Griffins a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Monsters on Tuesday at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Winners of three straight, the Griffins improved to 6-2 against the second-place Monsters this season and remain alive in the chase for the Central Division title. Third-place Grand Rapids needs to win its final three games – beginning with Wednesday’s home tilt against first-place Chicago and concluding with a home-and-home set versus Cleveland – while the Wolves need to lose their three remaining games in regulation. The Griffins swept a two-game set from Chicago last weekend.

Less than nine minutes into this game, Gavin Bayreuther drove Kyle Criscuolo head-first into the corner boards, drawing a five-minute major for boarding that the Griffins capitalized on at the 12:31 mark. From the left circle, Taro Hirose lasered a pass to the goal mouth to Veleno, who redirected the puck past Matiss Kivlenieks for a power play goal in his first game as a Griffin in exactly 14 months.

Barber snapped home his 18th goal of the campaign from the right circle with 1:43 left in the period, rounding out the scoring and moving into sole possession of second place in the AHL goals race.

In the third period, the Monsters were afforded little opportunity to spoil Fulcher’s first shutout since March 3, 2019 with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, as the Griffins enjoyed a massive 18-3 shot advantage over the final 20 minutes. Kivlenieks stopped all 18 shots and finished the game with 34 saves.

Cleveland’s power play, which had converted seven of its last 17 opportunities against Grand Rapids, was limited to three chances on this night while the Griffins finished 2-for-6.

Notes
• The Griffins avoided what could have been their first-ever season – albeit a shortened one – without registering a shutout. Grand Rapids logged a franchise record-low one shutout during the 2009-10 campaign.
• In three games against Cleveland this season, Fulcher is 2-1 with a 1.34 GAA and a 0.953 save percentage.
• Barber is averaging more than a point per game versus the Monsters, scoring five goals and four assists in eight outings.
• Defenseman Seth Barton made his pro debut with the Griffins. The UMass-Lowell product was Detroit’s 6th choice, 81st overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Highlights

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/11/21 at 11:14 PM ET

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the Wings should tank for the lottery’
‘blashill is so bad he is the reason they lose, fire him!’

Score one for consistency

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/11/21 at 10:33 PM ET

Blashill is so bad a coach he can’t lose when it will help his team.

Posted by d ca on 05/12/21 at 12:24 AM ET

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Blashill is so bad a coach he can’t lose when it will help his team.

I found myself screaming at the TV every time he challenged a goal the last 2 weeks.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 05/12/21 at 04:08 AM ET

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Honestly not sure why he didnt just instruct the players to shoot on Pickard. Or he could decline penalties. Ya know, like in football.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/12/21 at 06:26 AM ET

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The theories about Blashill as a coach are crystal clear, really.

He’s trying to win but he should be trying to lose, because we love balls.
And when he tries to win, he still loses because he is a bad coach. But losing is still good.

But if he wins, he’s accused of just coaching for his next contract, and he’s such a bad guy for it.
And if he loses, it probably decreases his chance of getting a new contract, but it helps a team he less likely has a chance to be coaching. How dare he try to keep his job.

And when he does win, he’s such a bad coach that actually the players won in spite of him.
And he shouldn’t be trying to win, even though he’s a bad coach that loses when he tries to win.
So really he should be trying to lose, even though if he tries to win, they lose, so if he tries to lose, they would win in spite of him because he is a bad coach.

So he should try to win. I think. Balls.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/12/21 at 07:33 AM ET

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If Blashill is participating in player exit interviews it would seem he is staying around.
Paul
Have you heard if he is participating?

Thank you

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 05/12/21 at 07:50 AM ET

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I haven’t heard a word about exit interviews and usually a team will make players available to the media at that time too, it has yet to happen.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/12/21 at 08:50 AM ET

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Strange.

Thank you Paul!

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 05/12/21 at 09:15 AM ET

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I see this post and the Tom Petty song The Waiting comes to mind

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/12/21 at 09:52 AM ET

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“we love balls” gave me a good LoL homers.

Honestly, I just want a coach I can believe in for a while, even if they don’t pan out.  Blashill came in and channeled Babs off the hop.  Within two years it was clear he wasn’t a top half of the league level coach.  No harm, no foul, getting the chance to show what he can do at this level was something he earned.

The ongoing investment in a mediocre coach however is not the wings way, at least not in the last 30 or so years. The ongoing support of this guy signals a clear culture change for the wings whether the organ-i-zation wants to be honest with themselves or not, and it pains me to watch. Somewhere along the way we started making excuses for and defending our right to suck for years to come and as long as our kids looked to be trying really, really hard.

Please stop rewarding the suck, he’s had his shot.  Jesus!

Posted by Ventr on 05/12/21 at 10:15 AM ET

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He’s trying to win but he should be trying to lose, because we love balls.

Speak for yourself! haha

Blash is staying, and this isn’t the NYR where the Illitches or SY are going to blow the entire organization up over the course of a week.  None of this should be a surprise. 

Speaking of NYR, it makes me really appreciate the Illitches for their patience and subtlety.  Maybe frustratingly so at times, but they keep the ship steady. 

The way Blash was trying to showcase how well Rasmussen has progressed leads me to believe that there is still uncertainty involved.

I don’t know what dots you are connecting, but every single poster on this site has commented about how great Rasmussen’s development has been.  The guy is a beast out there, he’s a whole different player.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/12/21 at 10:58 AM ET

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Speaking of NYR, it makes me really appreciate the Illitches for their patience and subtlety.  Maybe frustratingly so at times, but they keep the ship steady. 

Yeah that patience is working out splendidly for the Tigers and their rebuild. Another 6-8 years and they may put something resembling a baseball team on the field.

Chris either doesn’t care that Avila has failed every step of the way or he’s actively trying to strip the roster down for a sale.

Posted by MZ2215 on 05/12/21 at 11:21 AM ET

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Posted by MZ2215 on 05/12/21 at 11:21 AM ET

If you can think of a rebuild technique that consistently takes less than 5 years, please share it with Mr. Illitch.  I’m sure they’d be all ears.

My only criticism of the Tigers was back in their 2006-2012 runs, they just didn’t have pitchers who could close out a game.  Their starting pitching was phenomenal, but they needed to give the team a 4+ run cushion to win.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/12/21 at 11:47 AM ET

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Speaking of NYR, it makes me really appreciate the Illitches for their patience and subtlety.  Maybe frustratingly so at times, but they keep the ship steady.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/12/21 at 10:58 AM ET

Mike Illitch was great, it was trully a double edged sword, when it was time to win, this guy was johnny on the spot with his checkbook, and he loved star players, the downside was that he didn’t fold his cards when the time had come.

Chris Ilitch on the other hand, I don’t know yet.  Let’s be honest, Yzerman is the GM here, because Yzerman was a god here. Its not like Chris went out and convinced him, this was always Stevie’s home, same in regard to Sakic in Colorado.  Meanwhile, as MZ points out, the Tigers are an embarrassment. Availa should have been fired by now, its a disgrace.

I would bet if Yzerman hadn’t decided to come back, Holland would still be here, or he’d be bumped up for someone unqualified like Ryan Martin. The wings would be doing what they’re doing right now, much of this was already set in place by Holland in the timing of contract runoffs, but we wouldn’t have Yzerman drafting. 

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/12/21 at 11:57 AM ET

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My only criticism of the Tigers was back in their 2006-2012 runs, they just didn’t have pitchers who could close out a game.  Their starting pitching was phenomenal, but they needed to give the team a 4+ run cushion to win.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/12/21 at 11:47 AM ET

So you were good with the returns on the Verlander, JD Martinez and Castellanos trades (just the first three off the top of my head)? No issues with Avila’s inability to bring in any young FA’s to build around or veterans to make them competitive?

I’m not saying they have to complete the rebuild inside of 5 years, but if their closing pitching from 06-12 is your ONLY criticism then you’re either not being honest or not paying attention. You don’t even have to leave the division to find teams (ChiSox, Royals) that have bottomed and bounced back showing a better trajectory than the tigers that have been stuck at the bottom of the Central for the past 5 years.

Posted by MZ2215 on 05/12/21 at 01:17 PM ET

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How ironic, 10 minutes after my post the Tigers DFA’d Franklin Perez, the centerpiece of the trade that sent future HOFer Justin Verlander to Houston in order to make room for a triple-A catcher. Jake Rogers remains the only player still on the Tigers active roster from those three disastrous trades. But at least Chris is being patient and letting Avila keep the ship steady (resting on the bottom of the ocean)

Posted by MZ2215 on 05/12/21 at 02:11 PM ET

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Avila, the Peter Chiarelli of MLB?

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/12/21 at 02:43 PM ET

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According to Regner, Blash is participating in exit interviews.

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 05/12/21 at 02:57 PM ET

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I don’t know what dots you are connecting, but every single poster on this site has commented about how great Rasmussen’s development has been.  The guy is a beast out there, he’s a whole different player.

You connected the dots on the statement just backwards of what I meant. Ras is fine and I meant that Blash was making a big deal about it to make himself look good so that he would be offered another contract.

The uncertainty is Blash’s return.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 05/12/21 at 11:56 PM ET

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Ras is fine and I meant that Blash was making a big deal about it to make himself look good so that he would be offered another contract.

That’s how I interpreted it. And blash absolutely deserves credit for Rasmussens development, no?

Regardless, Blash isn’t the type to make a statement via a media interview.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/13/21 at 09:15 AM ET

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So you were good with the returns on the Verlander, JD Martinez and Castellanos trades (just the first three off the top of my head)? No issues with Avila’s inability to bring in any young FA’s to build around or veterans to make them competitive?

No of course not. My previous post wasn’t clear I see now, what I meant was prior to their rebuild, I was consistently let down with their closing pitching. Once they started to sell off the farm I quit paying attention and have had zero interest in that team since, I don’t know, around 2015 or so.

I’ll start watching when they get good again, whenever that may be. And people can call me a bandwagon fan or whatever - I dont care. But baseball is too damn boring to watch a bad team.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/13/21 at 09:20 AM ET

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