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Pros And Cons For Keeping Jeff Blashill

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

While there have been routs here and there, the Wings, on the whole, have worked hard under Blashill. There has never been chaos in the locker room. His players respect him. From all appearances, he has a good relationship with Yzerman.

There’s also the fact that Blashill doesn’t command the higher-end salary of more experienced coaches, and that’s not an insignificant factor at a time the coronavirus pandemic has left teams scrounging for revenue.

Lastly, there’s this: If Yzerman didn’t think Blashill was doing a good job developing the players who are key to the rebuild — Larkin, Bertuzzi, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Zadina, to name a few — there’s no way Yzerman would have kept Blashill behind the bench.

Missing the playoffs five straight seasons would cost many a coach his job, but nothing in Yzerman’s history indicates he’ll make a change just to make a change. It comes down to whether Yzerman thinks Blashill is the right guy to continue coaching the rebuild. The Wings don’t project to be a playoff team next season — not even with Moritz Seider on defense and Joe Veleno joining the youth movement up front. They should be better than this season’s team, though, the way this season’s team was better than last season’s.

Yzerman isn’t yet at a point where he’s looking to hire the guy he thinks can coach the Wings towards Stanley Cup-contender status. His old linemate and longtime buddy, Gerard Gallant, has been available for more than a year, and Yzerman hasn’t bit. Is there an in-between coach Yzerman has in mind? We should know shortly.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Bringing Ryan back on the same terms is still a no-risk, potentially high-reward move. Ryan recorded seven goals and seven assists, and his value exceeded that which he delivered in games. A former first-round pick, Ryan embraced serving as a mentor, especially to Filip Zadina and Michael Rasmussen, recent first-round picks who figure in the rebuild. Ryan has been through a bit of everything, from being a 30-goal scorer early in his career with the Anaheim Ducks to getting traded to getting treatment for substance abuse to trying to rebuild his career.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/06/21 at 09:09 AM ET


I think that d_ca on the other thread summed it up nicely.

At least there’ll be Seattle if SY punts and brings him back.

Posted by Ventr on 05/06/21 at 09:25 AM ET

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Bringing Ryan back

I do not have a single ounce of interest in doing this.  IMO he made this team less competitive when in the lineup, he wasn’t effective on the forecheck, along the boards, retaining possession, I could go on.  He was just a black hole, and I don’t want him suckling ice time on our PP from any of our future lineups.

Yzerman has a TON of capspace, even after signing RFAs, and we realistically only have 1 F and 1 D spot open to dress, you can argue spots on the bench have 1-2 more. This assumes Bert comes back ready to play, and Glenny is resigned, I think both happen.

I would hope Yzerman fleeces Tampa to take Killorn or Gorde, or pulls off a similar trade, either upfront, or in back.  Yzerman might be able to get himself a nice player before the Kraken draft too. 

1. Larkin
2. Bertuzzi
3. Fabbri
4. Rasmussen
5. Zadina
6. Vrána,
7. Namestnikov
8. Veleno
9. Open
10. Glenny (I have him as 95% returning)
11. Pánik
12. Erne
13. Bench - Svechnikov (not knowing injuries, just based on lineup decisions, I think its 50/50 at best on Yzerman even qualifying him)
14. Bench - Nielsen (Could bury him in the minors, but it’s a bench spot)
15. DeKeyser
16. Hronek
17. Seider
18. Cholowski/Lindström/Stecher (2 stays, 1 goes to Seattle)
19. Cholowski/Lindström/Stecher (2 stays, 1 goes to Seattle)
20. Open (Staal?)
21. Open Bench (Djoos?)
22. Greiss
23. Open (Bernier)



Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/06/21 at 10:15 AM ET


I think that’s a pretty reasonable assessment. Personally I’d rather the re-sign Gagne than Ryan. But I’d only either of those if improvement can’t be made elsewhere.

The only thing that doesn’t fit to me is Svech. If you bring him back, it isn’t going to make much sense as a 13th forward. Svech needs to play and that spot might be better filled by a vet (perhaps Gagne). One has to wonder if Svech will leave for KHL.

I hope open D spots can be filled with a vet who might be tradable at the deadline. I’m for re-signing Staal but there has to be a better option the Djoos.

Although I like Bernier and wouldn’t mind seeing him re-signed, they should be cautious here. No sense in over paying or over terming.

Posted by evileye on 05/06/21 at 11:58 AM ET

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Regarding Djoos, I can’t remember where I read it or heard it, but ever since a newspaper report overseas stated he was planning on returning home next season, he hasn’t played a game for the Wings.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/06/21 at 12:00 PM ET

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I rt’d a G. Smith from last night, in case you missed it, here it is, wait until the end.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/06/21 at 12:03 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Looks like a late left hook dropped the guy.

Posted by RWBill on 05/06/21 at 12:54 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Pro: Approximately two months of fairly effective play even though it didn’t result in actually scoring goals.

Con: Failing to get his concept of “process” across to a boatload of players until the final two months of his six-year tenure as head coach.

So, sure, give him two more years because he’ll be cheaper than a coach who actually knows what he’s doing.  rolleyes

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/06/21 at 01:55 PM ET

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Really Helene?? I didn’t read the whole article but the most important stat. you omitted is the power play.  I’d fire him on that alone, even if they made the playoffs!!  And for a sports writer, you seem to be supporting him, which makes you as unpopular as he is.  Go back and read d_ca on the other thread, that guy is passionate with that post.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/06/21 at 02:28 PM ET


re:“I would hope Yzerman fleeces Tampa to take Killorn or Gorde, “

MC, please explain how you envision SY “fleecing” TB for gourde.

suggest you keep that #9 spot for g. smith, imo, the rough stuff is making it’s way back into the game.

Posted by rickytarr on 05/06/21 at 02:28 PM ET

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MC, please explain how you envision SY “fleecing” TB for gourde.
Posted by rickytarr on 05/06/21 at 02:28 PM ET

To me, fleecing is basically getting a good young scoring player like Gourde without returning anything substantive, without the cap pressure Tampa could ask for a decent return package.

Tampa has to shed salary, they have no choice, they’re over based on current contracts and need to sign about 6 more roster spots.  Kracken’s pick alone won’t solve their problem. Red Wings are one of few teams with Capspace to solve a problem for them.

Tampa can pay a premium to get a team to take Killorn, or let Gourde walk for minimal return.



Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/06/21 at 04:32 PM ET


fair enough MC,

here’s hoping SY becomes a problem solver for TB, especially if it involves Gourde – the guy was a force in the playoffs for TB.

Posted by rickytarr on 05/06/21 at 05:05 PM ET


I remember how most of us were so happy when Blashill replaced Babcock and then many had buyer’s remorse. So we should be careful, Blashill is not that bad.
To be a 500 team with this roster for like 3 months in a row is a big accomplishment. PP is awful partially because of the roster and partially because of coaching, so I would vote for a new PP coach.
Bottom line I will be OK with any choice SY will make regarding Blashill.

Posted by VPalmer on 05/07/21 at 12:21 PM ET

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