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Hard To Plan For The Future At This Point

03/20/2020 at 8:08am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There are daily texts with general manager Steve Yzerman and many others in the Detroit Red Wings organization, but little planning, because so much is unknown.

Like everyone else, the Wings are trying to navigate day-by-day in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. No Wings players have reported symptoms, and they have been told to use this week and into next week as down time, like players normally do when their season ends, before resuming workouts.

The NHL paused the 2019-20 season March 12, leaving the Wings to head home from Washington, where they had a game scheduled that night. The league postponed the season in hopes of resuming it (and a report this week said players may be willing to push the playoffs as late as September), even though on Monday the Centers for Disease Control advised against public gatherings of more than 50 people for at least eight weeks....

For now, everything is uncertain. Coach Jeff Blashill said daily exchanges with Yzerman and his circle of hockey operations personnel has focused on everyone’s well being.

“Is there anybody that needs help, are our people taken care of, how do best utilize this time,’ Blashill said Thursday. “Life favors the prepared, so how can we be as prepared as possible for when we all come out of this?

“It’s so fluid that it’s impossible to plan weeks in advance. So daily contact is important, because everything kind of changes. We’re all trying to do the best we can.”

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