Coach Jeff Blashill believes that the Wings will improve, but he’s focused on day-by-day improvement

Early August is charity golf tournament and charity softball game season for hockey players and coaches. As such, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke with the Big Rapids Pioneer’s John Raffel while attending a charity golf event raising funds for his alma mater, Ferris State University.

Blashill discussed the addition of Pius Suter to the Wings’ lineup, Darren Helm’s departure, and he said this to Raffel about the timeline of the Red Wings’ rebuild:

Blashill said the Red Wings are headed in the right direction.

“How quickly, I don’t know that answer,” Blashill said. “We get to answer that question on a daily basis this season. We’ve gone through some lean years where it’s been hard. But I think we’ve learned some lessons though it. How big the steps are, I think we’ll see.

“Let’s make sure we have a great first day of camp. That’s the bigger focus. We have to take things day by day and make sure we’re getting better. I know that sounds like a cliché but that’s a reality of sports and a reality of life.”

Continued; Blashill also had this to say to the 9 and 10 News’s Tyler Dreisenga:

Blashill also talked about the excitement of returning to Traverse City for the NHL prospects tournament and training camp.

“First, that means the world is a little more right than it was last year,” Blashill said. “Second, Northern Michigan holds a dear place in my heart having grown up in Sault Ste. Marie. My sisters live in Traverse, my parents both live in Traverse. Probably more importantly, I understand the fans we have on the west side of the state and it really gives the west siders access to our players and to seeing our camp start. So I think it’s a great thing.”

The Red Wings will hold training camp in Traverse City from September 23-28.

Here’s a Tweet from Driesenga of Blashill speaking about Pius Suter:

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