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"Wings Need A Fresh Voice" Behind The Bench

04/24/2022 at 6:20am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Blashill has a 202-259-72 record behind the Wings bench near the end of his seventh season. His Wings have failed to advance to the playoffs six straight years. There have been scattered and brief "Fire Blashill" chants at home, though the ones that arose and quickly sank near the end of Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the home finale were not heard in person by general manager Steve Yzerman. He had plans to be in Germany scouting the U18 world championship.

Yzerman bristled when asked about Blashill at the March 21 trade deadline, a change from the previous two trade deadlines, when he endorsed Blashill and pointed to a less than competitive roster....

Yzerman has kept Blashill through numerous ugly losing streaks, and extended him last season, announcing his decision 10 days after the final game. Yzerman keeps his counsel private, but his reaction at the trade deadline, and the slide over the past two months, likely will lead him to decide the Wings need a fresh voice to push them towards the playoffs.

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