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At This Point, Firing Jeff Blashill Will Not Help

10/16/2018 at 6:52pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Sure enough, the emails came in full force, offering suggestions, opinions, and sure-fire trade proposals that will cure the Red Wings in no time flat.

That sort of deluge usually occurs after a bad loss. Funny how that works.

And the way these last two losses occurred, well, plenty of Wings fans had ways for their team to get better....

Blashill is in the final year of his contract. Firing Blashill and moving assistant Dan Bylsma into the head coach’s spot isn’t going to turn this team around. And, really, in terms of this season, Blashill hasn’t had close to a full roster, particularly on defense, where injuries have completely ravaged the position, forcing Blashill to use four rookies.

Opposing teams, as expected, have figured out their weaknesses, and are exposing those defensemen fast and furiously.

But here’s where it gets dicey for Blashill: More of these lopsided losses, maybe setting the record for season-opening losses, young players not getting particularly better — those are things the organization may not look the other way on, even in a rebuild.

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