In Red Wings Land
Blashill has been Larkin’s only coach since he made the NHL in 2015.
“We’ve grown together in this league and I have a lot of respect for him,” Larkin said. “He’s a great guy, a great dad, great coach. Well respected in the room.”
Yzerman told Blashill last summer to focus on the development of the young players more so than wins and losses. The two talk regularly – Yzerman often watches practices and then goes to the coaches’ offices – and the main topic is long-term improvement, not Blashill’s job.
The latest chapter in the never-ending story* of Jeff Blashill and his future as the head coach of the Red Wings.
(*It’ll end eventually.)
As a little kid, I would imagine myself playing in the NHL, doing things to score. ‘Givani Smith has the puck and he scores.’ I’d always do that as a kid, dreaming about playing in the National Hockey League.
So when I was sitting in my apartment in Grand Rapids last October and got the call from Ryan Martin (Detroit’s assistant general manager and Griffins general manager) that the Red Wings were calling me up, I wasn’t too excited. It was just more so readiness. I was ready to play. I wasn’t obviously upset, it was great news. But I just took it as another game. Ryan told me that we were playing the next night in Detroit so work your way over here. For me, I just hit a switch. It’s a hockey game so I have to prepare myself, get ready for it. It just happens to be in the National Hockey League.
Cool blog entry from Givani Smith reflecting on playing in the NHL and scoring his first career goal.
Around the League
“Player safety, my ass,” Perreault said Thursday. “This is literally an elbow to the face to a guy that didn’t have the puck. I see him coming, I brace for a hit, it was a late hit. I never had the puck and he flicks his elbow to my face and they’re not going to do anything about it.
”Now I’ve got to take matters into my own hands next time this happens and I get to swing my stick across his forehead and I shouldn’t get suspended then.”