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Should Detroit Red Wings’ Jeff Blashill be worried after recent firings? | Freep

“I don’t come here at any point at any time worried about that. I come here worried about doing the very best job I can. I think it’s a total waste of time to worry about anything else except for controlling what you can control and that’s doing the job the best you can. At the end of the day, I also know perspective — I’ve got a great family. I go home and have tons of fun with them — that’s what is tons of importance.”

Unless things get really, really, really bad this season, I don’t think Jeff Blashill has to worry that much. Ken Holland is probably content having his coach go down with the sinking ship this season. However, once the final horn of the final game blows, I think it’s pretty much a guarantee that Blashill won’t get another contract and the Red Wings will just let him walk away. Detroit can start fresh next season and let Steve Yzerman hire his own coach to help lead and develop Filip Zadina and the next generation of Red Wings.

Around the League

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What’s next for Joel Quenneville?

Really, anything he’d like. It’s rare a coach of this caliber becomes available, one that will have teams that are otherwise comfortable with their coaches asking “what if?” while teams that are contemplating a change are running budget numbers.

Teams that immediately come to mind that might be in the Quenneville business:

Not the Detroit Red Wings according to the fine folks over at the Worldwide Leader.