The Red Wings concluded a 9-day training camp on Monday afternoon, and while the Wings were unable to participate in preseason play, Wings coach Jeff Blashill told the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan that he appreciated the fact that the Wings were afforded an extra 3 days of practice time:
“You get more practice time relative to the amount of time you have,” Blashill said. “In a normal training camp you have those four days at the beginning of camp and start into the exhibition (game) season, and your practices get disjointed and you don’t get to practice with your (likely NHL) group.
“The cons are you don’t get those exhibition games and those games get you ready and are for evaluation.”
Blashill added evaluation not just in terms of personnel, but who plays on what forward lines and defensive pairings, the power play and penalty kill.
“In the end, we tried to be as effective as we could given the parameters that are given,” Blashill said. “Each team is given similar parameters.”
Continued; training camps during regular NHL seasons are too short, frankly.