The Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa pulls off a rare feat in praising a coach who he does not believe should coach the team he will be coaching.
Say that three times fast, and then stick around for Krupa’s column regarding Jeff Blashill:
Things are not going well, by almost any measure.
The performance of the Wings, in decline for years, diminished again through the course of the third season of Blashill’s four-year contract.
But Blashill has not let them see him sweat.
That is a bigger deal for the Red Wings than it might seem. Because, as looks nearly certain at this writing, Blashill will be back for the fourth year of his contract.
And that means he will need to tough it out for another season, perhaps more.
The Red Wings’ course for rebuilding the roster seems to navigate somewhere between defying long odds by trying to squeeze into the playoffs and more vigorous tactics that are somewhat short of blowing it all up.