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Jeff Blashill On Anthony Mantha

02/09/2021 at 2:22pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

...it wouldn’t be surprising if Mantha does return Tuesday, given forward Luke Glendening (upper body) was declared unavailable by Blashill after the morning skate.

Mantha has caught Blashill’s wrath at various times in his young career for not moving fast enough on the ice, and Mantha was a healthy scratch in Sunday’s victory in Florida.

Blashill wouldn’t get totally into what his conversations with Mantha have been like, but it was clear enough.

“I’ve had conversations with Anthony, and as I’ve said to you guys, ultimately, when Anthony skates he’s a great player, and when he doesn’t skate, he’s not as good,” Blashill said on a Zoom call with media after Tuesday’s morning skate. “He has to make sure as a player he’s just continuing to bend those knees and move his feet.”

Blashill has daily conversations with general manager Steve Yzerman, and has kept Yzerman updated on daily lineups, and obviously, the situation with Mantha.

"I would just say I talk to Steve on a regular basis, pretty much every day, about a lot of things including our lineup and players," Blashill said. "I don't want to go a whole bunch further than that, but I have a conversation with Steve about a lot of things every day."


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