from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Wings suffered through two six-game losing streaks, and endured lopsided losses that included losing 9-2 at home to the lowly Arizona Coyotes and 11-2 on the road to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Had the Wings played competitively and lost close games to elite teams, it would have reflected well on Blashill. But the Wings wilted disastrously: From Feb. 14-April 3, they had a 5.00 goals-allowed average.
The Wings were eliminated from playoff contention April 9, marking the sixth straight year they've missed the playoffs. While the franchise is in a rebuild, this season ignited hope of renewed competitiveness. As he further retools the team — the Wings need a second-line center, a scoring winger and at least one defenseman — it seems likely Yzerman will choose to go forth with a new coach.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
After five seasons in the KHL, Hellberg wants to return to the NHL. When the Red Wings signed him on April 13 for the remainder of the season, Hellberg said he had no conversations with general manager Steve Yzerman regarding the future.
“We just talked about me coming here the last couple of weeks and just be part of the team and practice,” he said. “That’s what my focus has been, and we’ll see what happens in the future.”
Hellberg hopes he will be part of the team’s future.
“I got to see the facilities and got to know the staff around the team and the guys,” Hellberg said. “I think Detroit has a bright future and of course it would be a place that I would like to be a part of in the future. We’ll see what happens. I’ve had a blast these last couple of weeks.”
Below, watch the extended highlights from last night's win.