Hockeybuzz’s Bob Duff wonders whether the blame for the Red Wings’ two substandard seasons is best dissipated instead of shouldered by Ken Holland or Jeff Blashill:
It’s Blashill himself who likes to point out that he works in a results-based profession. In the NHL, you don’t get paid for trying hard. You get rewarded for winning, the thing the Wings haven’t done enough of the past two seasons.
According to ownership, this isn’t the fault of the guy in charge of picking the players. According to the GM, it isn’t the fault of the guy who’s teaching the players, which leads to a perplexing concern.
If that’s the case, then who’s to blame for the mess that this organization has become?
Blashill did allow that the work of the team’s staff was under scrutiny.
“We’re evaluating everything in terms of how can we be better?” Blashill said. “When we talked to the team today, we’ve all got to be a little bit better. I’ll certainly evaluate our staff and see if there’s anything that makes sense for us.”