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The Status Of Jeff Blashill

10/16/2018 at 12:10pm EDT

My sense is management/ownership is not looking to fire Blashill. They recognize the Wings lack talent, that the team is paying for all those years of making the playoffs and thus not drafting a high-end player (when the Wings selected Michael Rasmussen at ninth overall in 2017, that was their first time picking in the top 10 since 1991). They don’t have an elite defenseman, and they don’t have a superstar forward. Their best player, Dylan Larkin, only just turned 22....

When Dan Bylsma, formerly a head coach in Pittsburgh and Buffalo, was hired as an assistant in June, it spurred speculation there's a successor in place. Blashill is in the last year of his contract, while Bylsma received a three-year contract.

But the organization knew this would be another tough season, that it would be another losing season. And in the long term the Wings are better off missing the playoffs again and entering in the draft lottery. The lower they finish in the standings, the better their odds of winning the right to draft Jack Hughes. I think Blashill’s job is only in jeopardy if these lopsided losses pile up, and there’s some leeway with that until some of the veteran defensemen return.

That is Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press where you can read more on Blashill.

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