Yzerman says Red Wings coach Blashill keeping job

Yzerman-led Red Wings sticking to long-term plan to rebuild

The Red Wings made a first-round playoff exit during his first season in 2016, but they've been among the NHL's worst clubs since then, missing the postseason in all four subsequent years while ranking near the basement of the league standings.

The biggest news item out of his virtual press conference was the status of head coach Jeff Blashill. "I can't really give you a timeline on when we'll do that, but that is the intention".

Yzerman is not interested in short-term fixes such as firing coach Jeff Blashill or outspending other National Hockey League teams to add available veterans on the open market. "When that decision's made, it'll be made with a thorough process and make sure that it's done right".

Dylan Larkin has been rollerblading while stickhandling in his backyard. He's been an alternate captain for the last two seasons.

"You can build up so much muscle and explosiveness in the gym that will help you on the ice", Larkin said.

The NHL is targeting early June for phase 2 of its return to play protocol, which would allow teams to open their practice facilities for small group workouts. "I think Jeff has done a good job".


Larkin will likely be named captain during the offseason, giving the team an one-ice leader for the first time since Henrik Zetterberg retired prior to the 2018-19 season. "Skating's just not one of those things that transfers very easily. It's an interesting proposition". "I think it's unfair to judge him based on our record at this time". "This layoff is as long as any of our guys have ever had outside of a long-term injury".

"Certainly to know that, to have Steve's confidence, is great, and I look forward to the challenges that are ahead of us".

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 27: Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill instructs players during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 27, 2017 in Newark, New Sweater.

"One way to grow is through experience, and experience is something that you can't teach, you have to live it", Blashill said. "He's very competitive. I've enjoyed my conversations and discussions with him about hockey, and about our team throughout the course of the season", Yzerman said Wednesday. "Not having those game reps takes away from that chance at experience".

"We've been quite busy, between reviewing last season, having different hockey department meetings done over the internet, virtually, preparing for the draft, preparing for free agency, doing some budgeting for next season", Yzerman said when asked how he's spending his time these days.

"We're going to have to get creative and figure out ways within the laws, within the guidelines, to get the work done, and we will".

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