Red Wings need more than just a new arena to win again

Geronimo Vena
Aprile 19, 2017

In addition, Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, who missed time this season with a sprained MCL, will have an MRI next week and might not be able to play for Team USA in the World Championships next month.

He just wrapped up his second season behind the bench for the Red Wings and had previously coached the team's AHL-affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins for three seasons, leading them to a Calder Cup in 2013.

"This gives me a chance to be around people that I'm not around every day and hopefully get that little bit better". "He's under contract in Tampa I think until 2019". Even as they get longer in the tooth they're still important in that locker room because they're there to support, to guide, to mentor those young players, because those old players are really good pros. "From an ownership perspective, I know Ken Holland is disappointed, I know our coaching staff is disappointed and I know our players are disappointed".

USA Hockey has appointed Jeff Blashill as the head coach for the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championships taking place in both Germany and France.

"My feeling is as a general manager, as a person, is you need to believe in something and believe in people", Holland said. "He's an excellent general manager and executive vice president and we've got a lot of confidence in him in the future". I know he works at it.

"I don't know that the streak added pressure per se".

As for Blashill's assistants, John Torchetti, Doug Houda, Pat Ferschweiler, Dave Noel-Bernier and Jeff Salajko, nothing has been decided yet. "He's gathering information. He's trying to get better".

"I played my whole career here and I didn't experience anything like this", said the Tampa Bay general manager, who made a decision to attend the game after his Lightning were eliminated from playoff contention.

From a fan's perspective, the faith in the US Men's team to perform well wasn't super-high to begin with, so it will be interesting to see the fan reaction to that team's success/failure both inside and outside Detroit. He has to be better. "That's important for me because I missed a good chunk of the season. We've all got to push ourselves that much harder during the offseason". "I believe in his resume".

Holland calls this season "unacceptable" and says the team has to improve.

"I don't think I ever had goosebumps this many times in a game", Zetterberg said. Starting tomorrow night is the most fun and exciting time of the year and we're not involved and it's incredibly disappointing.

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