Jeff Blashill

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Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “The problem with doing that is if we go 4-on-4 we don’t have him,” “But I wanted to put him out there with (Dylan Larkin) and (Filip) Zadina after the kill. It worked out with a nice goal” External link

clickondetroit Friday, April 16, 2021 3:49:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought they both did a good job,” “It’s not easy. They’re coming in, new systems, you’re not going to do everything perfect. Both of them compete hard. We can work through lots of mistakes if you compete hard” External link

mlive Friday, April 16, 2021 2:01:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “The problem with doing that is if we go 4-on-4 we don’t have him,” “But I wanted to put him out there with (Dylan Larkin) and (Filip) Zadina after the kill. It worked out with a nice goal” External link

ChinaPost Friday, April 16, 2021 6:57:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “The problem with doing that is if we go 4-on-4 we don’t have him,” “But I wanted to put him out there with (Dylan Larkin) and (Filip) Zadina after the kill. It worked out with a nice goal” External link

eagletribune Friday, April 16, 2021 6:29:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a big, strong guy who has ability,” “We talked all year long about having great depth of scoring and being able to use four lines and I think he gives us another guy. That depth is extremely important” External link

mlive Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We changed our approach a little bit in terms of what we do in our zone,” “It’s not a foolproof system, but our guys have done a good job with it. I also think our PK 1-3 forecheck has been better. We’ve had way better stands at the lines. We forced the puck out of the opponents’ hands and gotten clears. We’ve won face-offs and gotten clears. And when we haven’t, we’ve done a good job structurally making teams beat us and gotten good goaltending when we’ve needed it” External link

mlive Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If you look at his points through his pro career, they’re pretty impressive,” “He’s got high-end ability. There’s a reason he was drafted where he was (13th overall in 2014, two spots ahead of Dylan Larkin). In a lot of ways, he can fill similar roles to Anthony. Who he plays with we’ll fill that out as we go. Over the course of these 12 games, I hope he gets a chance to showcase his abilities, but he has to earn that ice time. You have to check well, work and compete at a high level, manage the puck well and produce offense while doing all those things” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 10:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He can be part of a core that’s going to hopefully build this organization to a better tomorrow,” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 10:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he was surprised; you get up from your pregame nap and you’re traded,” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 7:02:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Anthony Mantha ) : “Anthony played for me a long time,” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 7:02:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a great pro in a lot of different ways,” External link

mlive Monday, April 12, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I personally, in a normal year, wouldn’t schedule games on deadline day,” “Obviously, this year is really difficult because you can’t lose any days because of the compression of the schedule. With the stoppages (games postponed due to COVID protocol), I don’t think there was any choice this year but to play (on deadline day). I think they try to minimize games on Mondays anyway, and also on deadline day” External link

mlive Monday, April 12, 2021 6:31:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought whoever ended up trading for Johnny, if somebody did, they would get a real good addition,” External link

mlive Sunday, April 11, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Those are guys that have been regulars in our lineup all season long, two big guys that have been good players for us,” “It opens up opportunities potentially for a right shot. Guys are going to get chances to play that haven’t played much. Alex Biega and Dennis Cholowski did last night (in the 5-4 shootout victory at Carolina). Gustav Lindstrom is up with us right now, so there’s potential for him to play. Guys will get opportunities. What they do with that is up to them. Hopefully, they jump through that window of opportunity” External link

mlive Sunday, April 11, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I haven’t even discussed that with Steve (general manager Yzerman),” “We’ll see where everything is at with Joe. The most important thing is through the course of the season he’s developed, and if there’s opportunity for more development, I think that’s what’s critical for him” External link

mlive Sunday, April 11, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Shawn Horcoff ) : “My understanding is he’s done a good job (in Sweden),” “Talking with Shawn Horcoff (Red Wings director of player development) a number of times throughout the season, Shawn was pleased with his progress. I think it was a productive year for him” External link

mlive Sunday, April 11, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You can’t be careless because it is a penalty coming back the other way,” External link

clickondetroit Sunday, April 11, 2021 7:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s a huge difference in the game,” “They did score after, but without the successful challenge maybe that’s the winning goal for them instead of the tying goal” External link

clickondetroit Sunday, April 11, 2021 7:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You can’t be careless because it is a penalty coming back the other way,” External link

ChinaPost Sunday, April 11, 2021 6:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s a huge difference in the game,” “They did score after, but without the successful challenge maybe that’s the winning goal for them instead of the tying goal” External link

ChinaPost Sunday, April 11, 2021 6:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “What I want them focused on is trying to win a hockey game tonight and they’re going to (focus),” “But to think that other things don’t weigh on their minds would be false. They’re human. Those other things can be lots of things. They can be personal things going on in their own lives or in this case it can center around uncertainty of what our team will look like come Monday after the deadline” External link

mlive Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Patrik Nemeth ) : “We lost a good teammate in Patrik Nemeth,” “We all understand why, but he’s still a good friend and good teammate and guy that went to battle with us numerous times and was a great competitor for us. But we got to focus on what we can control and that’s trying to win a hockey game and playing our best personally” External link

mlive Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think uncertainty is a hard thing for humans to deal with,” “I don’t know that we’ve played particularly well over the last couple of years when we’ve gotten close to the trade deadline and I think part of that is the stress involved in it and the distraction involved in it. The thing I have to get through to our team is we have to focus. Let’s cherish every single game. Let’s not let this game slip by because there’s potential stress or distractions” External link

mlive Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "The more people that can get vaccinated, the better chance we can get to all living as closer to normal," External link

CBC Friday, April 9, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He practiced a couple days ago and felt pretty good through most of it, felt a twinge at the end,” “He was making progress. I think he thought it was going in the right direction. Originally, we thought it was a minor thing. As it’s gone, you try to work your way back, sometimes you have setbacks, and he had a setback” External link

mlive Friday, April 9, 2021 8:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He battled a little bit of a back issue most of the season that he never had in his career,” External link

mlive Friday, April 9, 2021 8:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Bobby Ryan ) : “When we talked to him in the summer he wanted to know if this was a group that had kind of thrown in the towel or if this was a group that really wanted to get better,” “When he talked to guys, he was pretty convinced this was a group that wanted to get better. That’s one of the reasons he’s liked it here. That doesn’t always manifest itself into great outings, but it is a group that cares, a group that wants to learn, grow, doesn’t want to be in this spot. Bobby has really appreciated that” External link

mlive Friday, April 9, 2021 8:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "The more people that can get vaccinated, the better chance we can get to all living as closer to normal," External link

foxnews Friday, April 9, 2021 12:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "The more people that can get vaccinated, the better chance we can get to all living as closer to normal," External link

CBC Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "The more people that can get vaccinated, the better chance we can get to all living as closer to normal," External link

startribune Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t know that it’s going to be anywhere near the trade deadline that you’ve seen in the past and I think our players understand that,” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 10:01:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s a terrible change. Terrible,” “We talk a lot about execution and discipline and tonight we had a too many men penalty on a power play and a terrible change that led to a goal. Those are inexcusable and totally avoidable” External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think over this stretch since Florida (on March 30), he’s been solid, and we’ve played solid defensively in front of him,” “Those two things usually go hand in hand” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s been through lots in his pro career, he knows how to handle it,” “That’s part of the advantage of having a guy like that. Obviously, everybody’s confidence is shaken at times but he’s able to stay with it and just work and he’s done that, and he’s put himself in a better spot” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re looking for guys that can step up and play and he’s right up there in goals for our team,” “He’s earned every bit of ice time he’s gotten this year. He hasn’t been given anything, so I rewarded him with three-on-three time. He had a look there that potentially could have went in” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s a terrible change. Terrible,” “We talk a lot about execution and discipline and tonight we had a too many men penalty on a power play and a terrible change that led to a goal. Those are inexcusable and totally avoidable” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, April 7, 2021 7:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I have empathy for anyone around the world who doesn’t have access to it and it’s beyond the NHL and bigger than the NHL,” “We feel fortunate that we have access to it” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Our medical department’s job, when it became available to us, is to let our players know it’s available, answer any questions they may have, encourage them to get as much information as possible,” “Different people have different opinions. We certainly respect that. This is still an individual choice. Those that decided it was the right thing for them, which I think ultimately will be a majority that decided it was the right thing for them, and those that didn’t, I respect that” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’m hopeful for Thursday on all three,” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The fact that he’s been out (on the ice) on a fairly consistent basis, he’s been making progress, so that’s a positive sign,” “From a timeline perspective, I can’t give you one until we get closer to where he’s practicing on a full-time basis. Certainly, it’s moving in the right direction” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Honestly, the past record, if (media) didn’t tell us we would have no idea,” External link

mlive Monday, April 5, 2021 1:31:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was as good a job as we’ve done all season of clogging up the neutral zone, especially in the second period,” External link

mlive Monday, April 5, 2021 1:31:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think we can still do a better job of limiting chances,” “It’s a game that was there to be had” External link

mlive Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Thomas looks like he’s on top of his game, looks like he did at the beginning of the season,” “He’s worked hard with (goalie coach) Jeff Salajko to kind of get his game back to the level that he’s been at different times in his career and different times this year” External link

mlive Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought Givani was real good,” External link

mlive Friday, April 2, 2021 1:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Some teams can not be at their best and win – for us to win when we’re not at our best, we have to be great defensively and manage the puck and not give up anything easily,” “Ultimately, it’s understanding when you can make a play and when you can’t, when you can attack and when you can live another day. When you’re a young, skilled forward you want to attack all the time, try to force things that aren’t there. Sometimes when the game is going the wrong way you try to attack more and it actually makes it worse, where sometimes you just have to stay patient” External link

mlive Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s some progress. Where that goes from here, I just don’t know,” External link

mlive Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was as bad as we’ve played defensively in a while,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Our guys love playing for him,” “He’s been a great teammate. We’ve seen how hard he’s worked in a situation where there was no light at the end of the tunnel. He was the third guy and he kept working hard” External link

mlive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:51:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “To separate yourself in the NHL with work ethic and competitiveness, you have to be extraordinary and it’s not easy to be extraordinary at anything,” “But when we commit to that, we can be a really good hockey team. I thought the last two games we competed and worked to an extraordinary level shift after shift after shift. It can be a separator in this league because it’s hard to be at your very best at anything in life every single day. If we can find a way to do that over and over again, we’re going to be a good team down the stretch” External link

mlive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:51:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You get slapped in the face like that you better respond,” External link

mlive Monday, March 29, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I really like our guys. I like the competitiveness, the self-accountability,” “They looked in the mirror after that game and came to practice Friday and practiced their tails off. They want to be a better team than our record is. They were embarrassed on Thursday and did an unbelievable job of responding” External link

mlive Monday, March 29, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One of the big things you have to do as a goalie is stop the ones you’re supposed to stop. He did that the whole weekend,” External link

mlive Monday, March 29, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Picks went to Europe (Austria) before the season and that allowed him to get some game time,” External link

mlive Sunday, March 28, 2021 2:57:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s got to find a way to shake it off, he has no choice. We have no choice,” “Has it been hard? Absolutely. Can it be defeating? Absolutely? Can it be frustrating? Absolutely. We’ve got to dig in as a team, he’s got to dig in as an individual and focus on what he can control, and that’s tomorrow (practice)” External link

mlive Friday, March 26, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We don’t score, I get it, but this is the result when you don’t check,” “If that game is 2-1, you’re giving yourself a chance to win, but giving up seven goals, you have zero chance. So, we better start by figuring out tomorrow how we’re going to check better” External link

mlive Friday, March 26, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Zero doubt in my mind that we’ve got a great group of officials who ref this game with integrity,” “It means tons to them. I’ve had heated conversations with different refs at different times and one thing I know for certain is they care about doing a great job. It’s their livelihood” External link

mlive Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:31:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’ll be a big part of his ability to stay in the lineup, how good he can run a power play,” External link

mlive Monday, March 22, 2021 9:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “They’re consistently one of the best teams in the league defensively, so they’re very hard to create against,” “Ultimately, we probably gave them opportunities. Those types of games you got to find a way not to beat yourself. You got to be OK with going out there and not much happening on your shift. … You have to take what’s given and find a way to make the D turn and get pucks deep. It’s something we’re still learning and trying to get better at” External link

mlive Sunday, March 21, 2021 1:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re trying to learn to be a good defensive team -- protecting critical ice, making sure we’re above people, making it hard to get to our net,” “Ultimately, if you do that, you’re in every game and you learn how to win those close games and become a good hockey team. Those teams are the ones that go on playoff runs, like they did to the Stanley Cup Final, because you have to be great defensively” External link

mlive Sunday, March 21, 2021 1:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s got to play to his strengths, be a great puck-mover, get us out of our zone fast, through the neutral zone fast, be a threat offensively on the rush and on the offensive blue line, a threat on the power play,” External link

mlive Saturday, March 20, 2021 1:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s played with more confidence and moxie down there on (the power play) and he needs to carry that into the NHL,” “Then it becomes, is he a solid power-play guy? Is he a great power-play guy? He’ll get a chance to show that” External link

mlive Saturday, March 20, 2021 1:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’d love to get him in a game where we don’t give up a whole lot of Grade A opportunities,” External link

mlive Saturday, March 20, 2021 12:55:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One of the conversations we had was for him to be an effective player he’s got to make sure he’s competitive, he’s in those battles and he’s winning those battles,” “He doesn’t have the biggest body, he’s not super-fast. He’s got to make up for those things with his competitiveness, and he’s done that on a pretty consistent basis. Ton of respect for the way he plays, ton of respect for how hard he goes to those areas. He knows that’s what allows him to be successful” External link

mlive Friday, March 19, 2021 1:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s not skating right now,” “That certainly doesn’t make him close at all. The first step is to skate over a longer period of time than what he’s done. He’s kind of gone in spurts of two or three days and then has kind of come off it. He’s a ways out” External link

mlive Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If there’s a significant risk to further injury by coming back we’ll never put a player back in the game,” External link

mlive Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “A number of games we played good hockey and didn’t have results to show for it and now we’re in a spot where we’ve played pretty good hockey and starting to see results,” “It’s important reinforcement for guys to keep their belief up. We’ve got lots of season left. Let’s continue to grow as a hockey team and continue to grow as individuals” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When we’re fairly healthy we’ve been a pretty solid team,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Bobby Ryan ) : “One of the reasons Svech goes back in is because there is a power-play spot there, so we’re hoping Svech can fill that,” “He is a threat to score. He’s got a really good shot. We’re hoping some of the things Bobby brings to the table, (Svechnikov) can bring” External link

mlive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The first one, he’s in a prime scoring area and chooses to go backhand saucer (pass) to a guy who’s on his forehand,” “You don’t get enough of those opportunities against really good teams to shoot from those areas. We have to shoot the puck. But he certainly wasn’t alone on that” External link

mlive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Today, it was definitely an issue. Yesterday in practice it was an issue,” External link

mlive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s been this for over a year-plus,” “That doesn’t mean he’s in a groove, this is who he is. I think the guys have tons of confidence in him, that he’s going to give us a chance to win the hockey game, which he did again tonight” External link

mlive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think the numbers say that, and on a team that hasn’t been a very good team, that has lost too many games,” “It’s not like we’ve played perfect defense in front of him. We’ve done a better job this year, but still he’s had to make a lot of prime-time type saves and he’s done a really good job of it” External link

mlive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The seven D are all guys I wanted in the lineup above whoever the next forward was,” “Ultimately, the way the lineup is now with the 11 forwards, everybody has a role, everybody is on a specialty team and the next guy going in probably is not on a specialty team, so then that person doesn’t play much. At that point, part of our strategy is to try to get more ice time to some of our other players and make that line that has two (forwards) a little more dangerous” External link

mlive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “As I said to the guys before practice (Saturday), scoring does matter, and when you score, you’re allowed to make mistakes, and when you don’t score, you can’t make any mistakes,” “The fact we’ve scored a little bit more in the last little bit gives confidence to everybody that maybe we can have a game where you get down early and can come back. We’d love to be a team that can score at that level. We also have to make sure we’re better defensively” External link

mlive Sunday, March 14, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s one of those guys that when he plays against big, strong, great defensemen, he can still create,” External link

mlive Friday, March 12, 2021 3:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Now that we’ve instituted the rapid tests on game days that’s been a real positive,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t think any of us take it for granted, but it’s easy in your day-to-day life to get used to things and all the sudden what we do for a living is shut down,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “At one point I said, ‘We’re going to enjoy the summer,’ and it was beautiful,” “The one positive of the whole thing is that I spent more time with my kids and more time with my wife than I normally get a chance to do, whether it was watching movies, shows or going on walks with my wife, which I’ve never really done much. Our family had grown closer because of the time we spent together” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought we played the way we have to play and the way we have played lots of times this year to be successful,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Crazy. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” “The refs made the decision to play through the horn, which probably was a good decision, otherwise we’d be stopping every 30 seconds” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Larks was going in that spot on the power play, so that’s going to diminish (Svechnikov’s) ice time,” “I like the combination of (Mathias) Brome with Ras (Michael Rasmussen) and Bobby (Ryan), so that’s the line we decided to go with. I thought Brome played his best game in a long time” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s great to take a step toward having more people in the building,” “If we can continue to take gradual steps to get more people in the building it’s a better game. Part of what makes sports special is the interaction with fans. The momentum that fans give is special. We’ve had to play in empty arenas, and if anyone says it’s the same, they’re lying. When fans are in the building it’s way better” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "It’s great to take a step toward having more people in the building," "Part of what makes sports special is the interaction with the fans, and playing in an empty building isn’t the same" External link

foxnews Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We had a couple days where we didn’t skate, one was completely off, except for (COVID) testing, and one just for a lift,” External link

mlive Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought that was evidently clear the last couple games,” “When he was up the first time, the processing wasn’t quite quick enough, making decisions with and without the puck. Since he’s been back, he’s played way quicker. I would attribute most of that to confidence. He probably put a lot of pressure on himself when he was up early. What happens sometimes when you get sent down is you just got to play, you got to go for it, you got nothing to lose. He certainly has had that attitude coming back up here” External link

mlive Monday, March 8, 2021 10:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Kris Draper ) : “Kris was one of the better face-offs guys probably in the history of the game,” “Had him look at Ras’ face-offs and Luke to work with him a little bit as well” External link

mlive Monday, March 8, 2021 10:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re still waiting on some health; that’ll dictate our lineup a bit,” “Svech is doing a good job. He works hard every shift. When he gets in there, he just has to keep doing a solid job” External link

mlive Monday, March 8, 2021 10:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Anytime you have an injury you’re always worried about the effects it has on somebody long-term, so we’ll see,” “Hopefully, it gets healed and he’s able to be 100 percent and not have it nagging at him over the course of time. But a lot of people as they go through their careers have nagging injuries. It doesn’t mean it keeps them from playing and being real productive” External link

mlive Sunday, March 7, 2021 10:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s one of our top couple forwards, so you’re missing a guy who does a lot of different things,” External link

mlive Sunday, March 7, 2021 10:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t anticipate one way or the other right now,” “He finished the practice today, so that’s a good sign” External link

mlive Sunday, March 7, 2021 10:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “They had gotten momentum from the goal in the second (by Martin Necas at 18:45) and pushed early in the third and that’s unfortunate, but your next shift you got to build back momentum,” “I think we’ve done a fairly good job of that” External link

mlive Friday, March 5, 2021 4:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was a calculated risk and I lost on the risk,” “We don’t score very easy and it was an advantageous situation for us with the icing. We ended up winning the face-off, but we got to do more with the puck there. It’s a calculated risk and when those decisions end up in your net then it looks like a bad decision” External link

mlive Friday, March 5, 2021 4:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Evgeny is an awesome person, one of the very best I’ve been around,” “I’m certainly aware of how much it would mean to him. I’m aware of how much his family means to him, how much his brother means to him, but in the end, I got to put the 20 out there I think are the best” External link

mlive Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:50:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Thomas Greiss ) : “I thought (Greiss) actually was good for a long stretch of the game,” “When you give up that many high-quality scoring chances, back-doors, you’re going to sink back in your net a little bit. He might have been frustrated, but it’ll be behind him and he’ll re-attack the next time he gets a chance to play” External link

mlive Monday, March 1, 2021 2:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a guy that takes up lots of minutes, certainly five-on-five has been a big factor for us,” “But it gives opportunity to other people. In the end, we have to win as a team. We’re not going to win as one individual or two individuals. We win as a team, and that means we need a whole bunch of guys playing at their best tonight. It’s incumbent upon them to make sure they’re ready to go and play at their 100 percent level” External link

mlive Sunday, February 28, 2021 4:23:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Without a doubt, scoring dirty is one of the ways that you can break out of slumps,” “They can’t all be pretty. If you look at the goals in the league, a lot of them are off chaos and are dirty-type goals. By dirty, I mean putting pucks to the cage, finding bounces” External link

mlive Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think on two-on-ones, lots of times the best play is a shot, and the best pass is a shot,” “Shoot it and get the rebound and score. Goalies are really good moving laterally, and if you make that pass, lots of times it’s going to be saved. Understanding the chaos that shooting creates is important. We’ll keep working at it” External link

mlive Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he’s been good defensively all year, it’s something he’s taken pride in as he’s matured as a player,” “Not to say he wasn’t as a young player, but I think he would tell you he’s learned through the years how important that is. He’s been a good model for our young players. That’s why he’s on the ice late in the game, because I trust him defensively” External link

mlive Friday, February 26, 2021 3:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t want to speak past today,” “Right now, he’s on the taxi squad, he was in Grand Rapids to get started. We’ve kind of cycled guys on and off the taxi squad. That gives us the ability to have guys here in case we need them and also to get them games. We’ll see what tomorrow brings, but that’s how we’re dealing with it right now” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s got to continue to be healthy; it’s been a hard thing for him,” “When he gets his opportunity, he’s got to show he’s a guy that can help our NHL team win. If he does that, whether it’s here or down there, then he’ll get more opportunity” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There’s a number of guys in the league that are like that,” “If he can find a way to bring that energy and physicality, because he is a big man, he can bring the energy. He wants to play hard and provide some scoring touch. When he gets opportunity, he’s got to demand he gets more opportunity” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Like our team, he’s ebbed and flowed, certainly has not had the production that we want him to have or that he wants to have, but I think if he keeps getting shots, in time it will even out closer to what that shooting percentage evens out,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “For Dylan to be the type of player he wants to be, which is considered a high-end player in this league, he’s got to be a great defender,” “He’s going to defend different than some other guys that are considered (great) in the league, He’s going to be a little bit different than a guy like (Boston’s Patrice) Bergeron, but he can do it with his tenacity and his legs, as long as he makes sure he stays on the D-side of people at all times. If he does that, he’s really hard to play against because nobody can outskate him and he’s real strong on the puck” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he’s been every bit as good as last year,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That doesn’t mean you run around cross-checking guys, it means you’re winning all those little battles,” “He wins tons of stick battles, finds ways to get stick on puck. He’s got to keep cleaning up mistakes. He’s a pretty good all-around defenseman when he’s on his game. He’s got poise with the puck and doing a good job moving the puck” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There were moments where I thought it was building closer to him coming back and right now, it’s not in the near future,” “Until we get him back skating with us, it’s hard to give a timeline. Once he gets back skating with us, he’s still a little ways away” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think we got decent net presence,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Danny DeKeyser ) : “As he gets challenged more and more, we’ll get to see how his body is responding,” “If we think his body is responding to a point where it puts him in our top six, then he’ll play. If it’s something where he’s still not close to 100 percent and there’s six guys ahead of him, then we’ll do what we did for a bit (sit him) and he’ll keep trying to get stronger with it. When Danny is healthy, he’s one of our best defensemen, but he’s not 100 percent right now” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:52:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We felt if we stayed with him, he would produce eventually because I think he’s done it the right way,” “He skates hard, does a really good job of playing from the right side of the puck. He checks well. He’s does a good job of being on the puck” External link

mlive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:00:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Bromes has had a lot of opportunities to score and some look like they should have went in and they didn’t,” “Hopefully, it takes some weight off Bromes’ shoulder and he can continue to score” External link

mlive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:00:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “With DK, it’s really hard to know where a player is at with the limited practice we have,” “I said to DK that we’re not going to just let him sit out there, we’re going to continue to monitor his progress, but it’s hard to monitor that progress because you don’t get live action. I thought going seven D gave us a chance to monitor his progress and he did a pretty good job. DK is a really smart player and when he’s at his best he’s almost a human eraser, makes up for a lot of mistakes” External link

mlive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:00:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought Helmer was our best player (Friday),” “Every line we put him on, he seemed to help the line with his energy. He wins a lot of pucks for them, he’s a good forechecker and he’s at the net a ton. I thought Helmer earned that spot on the line and did a real good job” External link

mlive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:00:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We were terrible tonight, didn’t play good tonight, I don’t have any words for it at all,” “With all due respect to everybody, that’s all I’m going to answer” External link

mlive Saturday, February 20, 2021 2:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He was an unreal man. He made it fun to be around the rink,” “I’ve known him for 10-plus years, he was here for 20-plus years. He was one of the best people I’ve ever been around, one of the kindest, cared, had an unreal outlook on life. My heart goes out to his family and certainly to … so many people around here that loved him, including myself” External link

mlive Saturday, February 20, 2021 6:55:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think it’s critical that we stick with it, continue to be a hard team to play against, continue to be good defensively,” External link

mlive Friday, February 19, 2021 8:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Guys have to understand that the way they’re helping the team is a lot of times well beyond producing points,” “We reward points in pretty much everything we do in a lot of ways in hockey and probably don’t always reward winning enough. Certainly, we have to produce a little more, but we don’t have to produce a whole bunch more if you really look at it. We need to flip a goal a game” External link

mlive Friday, February 19, 2021 8:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He probably got hit the hardest of the guys who had COVID and had the longest to recover and get his legs underneath him,” “Since the second Tampa game, he’s competed really hard and played really well. When he competes really rally hard, he used his skill-set. He’s a (smaller) guy, but when he competes that hard, he makes up for it” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:08:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He seems to be more dynamic as a skater at center,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:08:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “An important part of the growth of these young players is playing,” “A lot of raw ability, a lot I like about him. I like him as a person, I like him as a big, big body who can add a physical element. I like his hands. But he has a lot to learn. The NHL is not a league to learn in. That’s what the American League is for, so he’s going to go back down and play in numerous situations” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:08:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We got to get the second point, got to find ways to win these games,” “We’ve done a good job of playing pretty good hockey and putting ourselves in a position to win. We’ve moved in the right direction in terms of how we play. We understand what we need to do to be successful, and now we got to find a way to win these games” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Danny DeKeyser ) : “I think Danny is making progress from a strength standpoint,” “I think he’s making progress in getting a little more power out of his leg and hopefully he can get closer to 100 percent where he can be the type of player he has been throughout his NHL career. Right now, he’s playing at way less than 100 percent, practicing at way less than 100 percent. We’re just hoping to get him fully healed here and the sooner the better” External link

mlive Monday, February 15, 2021 8:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The good thing for us is he’s making progress,” External link

mlive Monday, February 15, 2021 8:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He hasn’t practiced with our team yet but he’s progressing,” External link

mlive Monday, February 15, 2021 8:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Danny is recovering from a major surgery that is taking longer than any of us want, most importantly him,” External link

mlive Sunday, February 14, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He did a really good job in camp and in those first six games of going out and giving everything he had given the fact he’s still not fully close to being recovered,” External link

mlive Sunday, February 14, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We went into the season thinking we could have a really good one-two punch and that’s what we need,” “When you have to play every night in this league it gets really difficult, and if you slip at all with a team that hasn’t scored very much then it gets really, really hard. To be able to go back and forth a little bit with these guys is what our plan was and what our plan will be moving forward” External link

mlive Sunday, February 14, 2021 7:08:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Swedish ) : “I like Mathias, he tries to do it right,” “The NHL is hard. It’s hard to produce offense, it’s hard when you’re not big or super-fast. But I think he’s gotten chances, and with chances I think he’ll eventually score. My understanding is he started the Swedish Hockey League a similar (way), where he went a number of games without scoring, and all the sudden he popped a bunch. We’re hoping he starts to gain that confidence. But I like him, he tries to do the right things and he plays hard” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That puck got caught up on the yellow (base along the boards) a little bit when I looked at it again,” “I’m not sure if it hit snow or what. It was a little bit unfortunate. Certainly, you got to make a play on that puck, but he’s not a careless player at all” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Jordan Staal ) : “We feel like if he can become a center that can shut the other team’s better players down, similar to what Jordan Staal does – that’s a mouthful to ask – but if he can become that kind of model, that’s a huge asset,” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “At some point, they have to turn potential into reality,” “At some point you have to show what you have because at some point you stop talking about potential, you start saying, ‘What are you doing for me today? They both have to be huge impact players in the American League before we can really expect them to help us win here” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he has the potential to be physical, hard around the net,” “He just needs to keep working on his wall play and his management of the puck. He’s got to be a super-simple player, efficient, get pucks behind people, get it to his linemates and go to the net front. That’s what’s going to make him successful. He’s got to find ways to be extremely reliable” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Danny is available to play. Right now, it’s a coach’s decision,” “But it’s not like we have a 100 percent Danny DeKeyser. He’s recovering from the surgery” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought he was really good – I actually thought he was excellent,” External link

mlive Friday, February 12, 2021 2:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s a bad recipe for a power play when you didn’t win any face-offs and you couldn’t get in the zone,” “We used a number of different looks. As I left the bench, I said to myself, ‘We got to find a way to be good on one breakout.’ We haven’t been good on any of them. We got to get to where we’re good at one or two breakouts” External link

mlive Friday, February 12, 2021 2:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “This is the group that we’ve got, and we got to find a way to be better at it,” “We got to be better on our entries and our face-offs. If you can’t do that, you have no chance to have a power play. We barely had it set up because of that” External link

mlive Friday, February 12, 2021 2:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Being really good in the neutral zone, being good in your D-zone, and you end up getting chances because you’re on the right side of pucks and you’re creating turnovers and you’re transitioning, or you get to play in the O-zone,” “We’ve done a pretty good job of refusing to lose our way and sticking with it and understanding this is the way we’re going to be successful and we’re going to stick with it no matter what” External link

mlive Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:13:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There isn’t a whole lot of difference in terms of schemes around the league and I don’t know that there has been in the last 20 years in terms of what power plays look like,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:13:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Anthony Mantha ) : “Ultimately, when Anthony skates he’s a great player and when he doesn’t skate, he’s not as good, so just got to make sure as a player that he’s continuing to bend those knees and move his feet,” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I would just say that I talk to Steve on a regular basis pretty much every day about a lot of things, including our lineup and players,” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought it was a clean hit,” “I think Glenny thought it was a clean hit” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We had an extremely high compete level the other day and I think we had it on a good number of nights, but that’s two in a row where our compete level was real high,” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “This is a team that plays really fast, they get behind you, and I thought we did a way better job at clogging up the neutral zone,” “I would say both in our effort Friday (3-1 loss at Tampa Bay) and our effort today we were way better in the neutral zone creating turnovers and understanding how important that is. It’s something we’ve worked on the last couple practices and I think that’s been a big difference in our game” External link

mlive Monday, February 8, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’ve been a pretty good O-zone team all year,” “We just got to make sure we clog up the neutral zone and we get through the neutral zone ourselves, get pucks in behind, make (defensemen) turn and create turnovers and play in the O-zone” External link

mlive Monday, February 8, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Anthony Mantha ) : “I just made a decision to go with the group I went with and any conversations I have with Anthony are private, between Anthony and I, and I’m not really going to comment further on it,” External link

mlive Monday, February 8, 2021 2:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I just talked to Luke; he seemed like he was in a good spot,” “We’ll see where he’s at for Tuesday’s game” External link

mlive Monday, February 8, 2021 2:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We got to keep working to find ways to score the dirty goals, to score goals with traffic,” “We’re getting to those areas. We got to keep getting shots through. We just got to keep grinding at it. It’s not going to be easy, but I think the bigger focus is making sure we’re playing the right way” External link

mlive Saturday, February 6, 2021 2:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’m not worried about Greisser at all,” External link

mlive Friday, February 5, 2021 9:24:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He started off playing real good, he just didn’t get much offensive support,” External link

mlive Friday, February 5, 2021 9:24:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "We played Carolina, who had guys that ultimately played with Covid," External link

buffalonews Friday, February 5, 2021 5:31:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s just the reality of testing being delayed. … It’s really hard to avoid (contracting it),” External link

mlive Friday, February 5, 2021 12:53:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “As you saw (Wednesday), your first game back is not easy,” “It will take Filip some time to get going at a full speed. It’s just a situation we’re in where guys got to get back to full speed as fast as they can. He appears to be feeling good, so hopefully he can hit the ground running” External link

mlive Friday, February 5, 2021 12:53:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think DK is a great player and we need DK to be playing at 100 percent and he’s not,” “He’s been playing on one leg most of the year and in the end, we made the decision to go with guys we thought gave us our best chance to win. It’s not a knock on DK. He’s trying to recover. It’s been a hard year for him. He’s trying to get that strength back and it’s not coming back as fast as he wants, or we want. We’ll keep taking it day by day. I didn’t give him a timeline” External link

mlive Thursday, February 4, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “This, to me, a very normal course of development for him,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “What Dennis needs to do is be an elite power-play guy,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Nikita Kucherov ) : “They’re missing (Nikita Kucherov, out for the season due to a hip injury), which is a huge miss, but it’s also allowed them to not trade other players and that keeps their roster real deep,” “They’ve got lines that can beat you in a lot of different ways. They have high-end talent up front” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The anticipation of having other guys back gives you some energy, some confidence moving forward knowing other guys are going to get inserted into the lineup,” “Still got to go out and execute. We have to make sure we temper our expectations of the guys coming back. We can’t expect them to shoulder too much of the load because they’ve been off for a while” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Vladislav Namestnikov ) : “He’s just getting back into it, so rather than throw him back at center, let’s put him on the wing a little bit,” “I think (Vladislav Namestnikov) has done a good job at center, too, so this gives us a chance to get him going. (Tyler Bertuzzi) is out, so it gives us a winger to play with Larks in that spot” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We out-chanced them and didn’t win. That’s disappointing,” “I thought given the circumstances, back-to-back and (Tyler Bertuzzi, day-to-day with an upper-body injury) out and not everybody 100 percent, we played really hard. We played good enough to win but we have to find a way to win these close games” External link

mlive Monday, February 1, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re trying to build things here; nothing great happens with a giant leap, it happens in small steps,” “My job is to make sure we’re taking steps in the right direction and we’re not taking any shortcuts to try to win short-term. We want to win long-term. So, we’ll keep focusing on making sure our individuals are getting better and we’re getting better as a group” External link

mlive Monday, February 1, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Ras tried to be physical, trying to bring that element to his game,” “He’s been told by everybody in the organization it’s an important part of what he can bring to the table. He caught the guy kind of as he’s turning and took a penalty” External link

mlive Monday, February 1, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Gio has done a solid job,” “He’s very good when he gets in the offensive zone, both on the forecheck and certainly in the O-zone. He’s really strong on the puck and knows how to get to the net. He does a pretty good job of using his body and is a bit of an agitator. He’ll provide some energy” External link

mlive Monday, February 1, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "This is going to be a great challenge on Wednesday against the Stanley Cup champions, but we sat for 11 months," "We’re excited about these challenges" External link

foxnews Monday, February 1, 2021 5:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Obviously, our power play hasn’t been good enough,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 31, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Taro Hirose is a fairly natural fit as a half-wall guy; he’s probably got the most poise,” “It might not be the last time we make that decision as guys come back. If we don’t get it done, somebody’s got to come off. It doesn’t really matter your name; it matters who’s going to execute. At the end the day, I made a decision those guys were not going to be on it and somebody else was going to be on it. We’ll see what tomorrow brings” External link

mlive Sunday, January 31, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he’s working hard, he’s trying to get his game going,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 31, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If there’s somebody else who can do a better job, we have to keep looking,” “We have to find a way. Those guys have to pick their games up or somebody else has to do the job. We’ll have some guys coming back, but it’s not through the weekend” External link

mlive Saturday, January 30, 2021 1:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If we can be in a lot of games that are 1-1 late in the game, it’s a good spot for us,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Just more puck execution so we stay in the zone longer, that would be No. 1 by a country mile,” “Lots of times we’ve given the puck away, not really trying to make plays, just poor puck management, both on our entries and in the zone, so then you’re not in the zone long enough. The more you’re in the zone, the more tired the (penalty killers) get and the less they think clearly” External link

mlive Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Our execution still needs to be way better, and a number of players still need to be way better,” “While it was good we were better defensively, I still think there’s way more from more people” External link

mlive Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t think it’s going to be anything that’s going to force him to miss the game, but we’ll see,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought that was Vladdy’s best game,” “Maybe scoring a goal is a weight off his shoulders. He’s somebody who feels he’s hard on himself at times. We talked about just playing and not worrying about points and goals, but when you’re a forward you worry about that stuff, so it was good for him to get it” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “They did a good job overall and probably deserved more minutes, so it’s something we’re going to have to look at,” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think everything is related, any of the actions that have happened throughout the season, and then we make decisions as we’re in games, as to who to put out there,” “But to shoulder it on one person would not be fair. Our whole team has got to be better” External link

mlive Monday, January 25, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We weren’t much of a physical factor in the game and I thought in the first four games we were much better than that,” “That to me is an indicator of your compete level and your sacrifice level” External link

mlive Monday, January 25, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “With the exception of living in a bubble, you can get COVID,” “I’ve seen people who have gotten it who took unbelievable precautions. When you’re playing a sport, you can contract COVID from each other in those situations. Most of us go grocery shopping. My kids go to school, they wear masks all the time. That’s the reality, there’s risks. We have to take as many precautions as possible so we can prevent the spread as much as we can so we can prevent any contact tracing and quarantines as much as possible. There’s no easy solution” External link

mlive Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’ve done it after Christmas at times but that’s different,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’m a big believer in putting onus on individuals to make sure they’re responsible,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “First in our franchise history at anything is pretty awesome,” “So it’s a great start for him. What’s impressed me most is who he is as a person ... when I talked to him this summer -- I talked to Steve Yzerman after I had spoken to Bobby and before we signed him, and I told Steve regardless of if he signs with us or not I’m really happy for Bobby, he’s in a great spot” External link

clickondetroit Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:13:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think the fresh faces have helped calm our bench down a little bit,” “We don’t seem to be nearly as excitable as we’ve been. Some of that is growth in guys that have returned, fresh faces not necessarily wearing the previous years’ losses or struggles. We try to be as even-keel as we can, and our guys do a good job of that. Nothing has bothered us so far, we just kept playing” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I generally wait until guys get to us and then I make my own decision what I think of guys,” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There’s some concern because it’s not easy if you’re not in the zone a long time,” “It all depends on if you can stay in the zone or are constantly going back on breakouts. I really like him on the flank, where he’s been at the beginning of the year. He’s certainly a solid guy up top, too. Just trying to get him out there as much as we can” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:53:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought Ras had a really good scrimmage, did a decent job through camp, and then it was a decision on who to put at center and where everybody slots in on the lines,” “Ras has played center throughout camp. Ultimately, Vladdy Namestnikov is going to play some center, but he hadn’t practiced center at all and didn’t feel super-comfortable jumping in on late notice. We’ll see how the lineup looks tomorrow” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:53:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Then it’s a matter of practicing and getting him ready and getting a look at him, too,” External link

mlive Monday, January 18, 2021 2:40:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "We were deeper as a team," "We had four lines going pretty hard. Not everybody gets as much ice time as they'd like, but all four lines were going and all six defensemen went well. Ultimately, we'll have to win that way" External link

wsau Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He has to continue to find ways to win those puck battles and using his body and his tenacity to win them,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s the level of compete that you need in order to have a chance to win in this league every night,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Bobby Ryan ) : “We had four lines going hard, and all six (defensemen) went well,” “Bobby can help us with our depth scoring. That’s a goal-scorer’s goal; he doesn’t get it and stick-handle, he gets it and fires it at the net. If you shoot off the pass you have a way better chance at scoring” External link

mlive Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill added : “Protocol states that after your quarantine period is up you have to for sure have 14 days of rigorous exercise” External link

mlive Saturday, January 16, 2021 8:24:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He was hard on pucks, he dug in well,” “The line (with Valtteri Filppula and Sam Gagner) played fairly well, had a few chances” External link

mlive Friday, January 15, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You still have matchups and matchups matter enough, especially getting the right defense pair out against highly skilled forwards,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “In order to lead people, you have to have respect of those you’re leading and there is zero doubt that Dylan has the respect of every person in that room -- players, coaches, staff -- because of his work ethic,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Year 1, lots went right for him early,” “Year 2 was a hard year for him, his least productive year. Some of that was habits he had to change. Even in those moments, you could tell he was reflecting on it after the conversations. He didn’t always necessarily agree, but he understood where I was coming from was to help him” External link

mlive Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought that line right off the bat was really good,” External link

mlive Monday, January 11, 2021 6:29:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Over his time in the NHL, and he’s told me this, he is really focused on being a good two-way player and not just relying on offense,” External link

mlive Monday, January 11, 2021 6:29:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’d like to get both of them going at a high level,” “If one guy really outplays the other guy then we’ll make that decision at the time. I’m not necessarily going to back myself into a corner in terms of the exact set schedule, but I think both will get a good chance in the early part of the season to get going” External link

mlive Monday, January 11, 2021 6:29:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think his impact on the game and impact in practice has been positive,” “He works real hard. He’s a little quicker than I realized. He seems to be smart. He’s been good on the penalty kill, good on the power play and he’s been good five-on-five” External link

mlive Sunday, January 10, 2021 1:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a big, strong man,” “He’s hard in front of the net, he’s hard in the corners, which helps create stalls, so you can get out of your end. He’s understood what he is and plays within himself really well” External link

mlive Sunday, January 10, 2021 1:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Jon Merrill ) : “I think Jon is pretty good at everything. He’s not necessarily one of those guys where one attribute stands out,” “Pass the puck out of your own end, shut people down, play on the penalty kill, maybe play on the power play, he’s got potential to do a lot of different things” External link

mlive Sunday, January 10, 2021 1:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The longer you miss, the more (practice) time you’d need,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 10, 2021 12:17:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He really gives us a chance to have a No. 2 center, a guy that can play in the top six at the center position, and I think he’s excited about it,” “If he plays really well at center, he’ll stay at center. If he doesn’t, then we’ll try to make him a great winger. But right now, our focus is helping him get super-comfortable at center before the year starts and then going out and playing” External link

mlive Thursday, January 7, 2021 11:24:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You can have good skill-set, but if your impact on the game is negligible then it doesn’t really help,” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’ve said this a lot, we have to get more out of more people. To add scoring from different people is huge,” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s harder to replicate some of the situations they see in practice, seeing through maybe as many as eight bodies at times,” “So, the scrimmage, if it was beneficial for anybody today it was probably most beneficial for the goalies. They have to get in their routine, go through three periods and keep their focus. The traffic is hard to replicate to that level” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought the first four practices were really intense and we played at a high level. I wasn’t as pleased today with that part of it,” “There’s a fine line between the level of intensity in practice. I don’t want to start Game 1 with half a lineup because we lost guys in practices and scrimmages. But I also know that come Game 1, things are going to happen fast and they’re going to hit us hard and we’re going to have to be ready for that. So, you have to try to have that balance” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Physicality-wise, we certainly want to come out of the scrimmage with a couple things -- getting game-ready without any injuries, and the bigger part would be stopping on people, stopping on pucks,” “When you play in the summer, you kind of just float by. When you’re in real hockey you’re stopping all the time” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 5, 2021 2:34:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He missed some hockey last year but had a good year in terms of growth,” External link

mlive Monday, January 4, 2021 1:12:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think one the growths in his game has been learning how to play off other people and not try to just get the puck and carry it into those scoring areas,” External link

mlive Monday, January 4, 2021 1:12:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s been one of our top D over the last number of years,” “He can eat minutes, play against the other team’s best players, break you out of your zone so you have the puck way more, so you don’t have to defend nearly as much. He can add offense by jumping in the play on the rush” External link

mlive Friday, January 1, 2021 11:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We have a whole bunch of fresh faces, so we have to make sure we value practices,” “We’re going to have internal scrimmages and we’re going to place great valuation on those in order to make decisions on who’s earning power-play time, PK time, five-on-five ice time, who’s earning spots on the team. And we also have to make sure our group is ready” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:05:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The group of guys that have skated together here in Detroit feel like they’re in great shape (but) you can’t replicate actual games,” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:05:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think the best defensemen are the ones who are the most efficient, who make good, solid plays without making a lot of mistakes,” “I think we have guys that’ll give us a chance to be a better D corps” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:05:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Certainly, I’m very aware of what our record’s been and it hasn’t, from a wins and losses standpoint, been nearly good enough,” “There are no quick fixes here. I’ve committed to our group that we’re not taking any shortcuts. We’re going to try build this the right way and I’m committed to that” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:05:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill wrote : “Jamie had a warmth that invited you into a conversation with a friend rather than an interview with a reporter,” “Jamie’s kindness always showed, even when asking tough question, I always knew it was never personal and never about him. Jamie wanted to report on the story, never be the story. Jamie’s civility and integrity was always present. We need more of that today” External link

usaToday Monday, August 3, 2020 9:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Filip Zadina had an opportunity to come in and play pretty good minutes,” “Until he got hurt, I thought he was doing a good job. I think he was starting to take steps in the right direction. He looked more confident, more dangerous as an offensive player. I think he does a pretty good job of defensive responsibility, but I wanted to see a more dangerous offensive player and I think as the year went on, we saw that, without taking unneeded risk” External link

mlive Friday, June 12, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Hockey is played at an incredible pace, it’s a chaotic game, there’s lot of things going on around you,” External link

mlive Friday, May 29, 2020 5:50:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think it’s making sure we keep our identity. When you don’t win enough, sometimes you try different ways in your approach where you can win. In the end, a lot of times, that is a mistake. What this break has done for me is I’ve had an opportunity to self-reflect and get back to the foundational things that have allowed me to have success. We want to make sure we stay with the things that are important to me as a coach, and I want to make sure we stay with the foundational items that will allow us to have success,” External link

woodtv Saturday, May 2, 2020 2:36:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Obviously it’s been a hard season,” “There have been hard things to go through. There have been days when the frustration was higher than normal. If you stay tough, you can learn a ton. In these hard times, you come out better than you came into them. I believe that’s true in life and true in sports. And as hard as it’s been and as hard as it’s been to grind through. I know we’ve grown as individuals and as a group” External link

clickondetroit Friday, May 1, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Obviously it’s been a hard season,” “There have been hard things to go through. There have been days when the frustration was higher than normal. If you stay tough, you can learn a ton. In these hard times, you come out better than you came into them. I believe that’s true in life and true in sports. And as hard as it’s been and as hard as it’s been to grind through. I know we’ve grown as individuals and as a group” External link

clickondetroit Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:41:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We have separate spaces although they’re somewhat close to each other, but we’re never there on the same days,” External link

mlive Friday, March 20, 2020 9:02:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It looked like he was closer to coming back, and then he suffered a little bit of a different injury in a setback,” “I think everybody involved -- him, our management team, our coaches -- wants to see him play as many games as possible before the end of the year. We’re hoping he can get back sooner than later. How much it hurts him is probably up to him, but it doesn’t help him. But he’s got to make sure he comes back mentally tough and ready to play great hockey when he gets back” External link

mlive Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’ll go through physical therapy,” “If he can go on the ice tomorrow, he’ll go on the ice tomorrow and we’ll go from there” External link

mlive Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was really unfortunate the timing of the injury because he was playing good hockey,” “I think he was gaining confidence at the NHL level. I think he was learning the tricks that he’s going to need to learn to be successful. And then he got hurt” External link

mlive Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When there’s nobody in the building, there’s zero atmosphere and practice is usually dull, so we choose to practice on the practice rink because it’s a tighter area and you feel like there’s more action,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Obviously, it’s been a contagious virus,” “Again, where does it go? Does it become less deadly? More deadly? Nobody knows those things. It just becomes a real difficult thing to balance in your own personal life, and certainly when we’re in this situation where we travel to different spots in the country. We’re all in uncharted territories. At the end of the day, you have to abide by whatever decisions are made” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Guys got to bear down and make way better plays,” “We get a little bit careless, get a little bored with simple at times. We want to make the plays that aren’t there. It wasn’t necessarily the case tonight, but I think you got to make sure you’re digging in and valuing each puck a little bit more than we are” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If you want to have penalty kills, you have to block shots,” “We have to re-evaluate and make sure that the guys that are out there are willing to block shots. If not, we’ll just put somebody else out there” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Петр Мразек ) : “Pete has done that since I coached him; he gets in the way of guys,” “I didn’t think it was a big deal. He’s still in his blue paint, so I guess when you go in the blue paint and hit the goalie, you’re probably going to get a penalty. He only hits him because Petr moves into it. Petr knows that. All he’s doing is trying to create interference. Fabbs was upset because he got interfered with on the way in the zone originally and they didn’t want to call it. He’s got to avoid the contact” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think they’ve shown they have chemistry and at times it’s been great this year; at times it hasn’t been good enough,” External link

mlive Monday, March 9, 2020 6:10:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If you have a line that’s kind of a definitive No. 1 line, which we do, and they get lots of opportunity, they have to produce at both ends of the rink,” “You have to make sure you’re creating more chances than you’re giving up, you’re scoring more than you’re giving up” External link

mlive Monday, March 9, 2020 6:10:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think everything went pretty good with the doctor last night and now it’s ramping him up back into game shape, with the exception of you don’t know how increased soreness is going to happen as he’s getting back closer to full speed,” “But we got to get him going full speed” External link

mlive Saturday, March 7, 2020 11:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s always hard in the NHL to get guys back going because rarely do you practice consistently in a row,” “We’ll take it day by day” External link

mlive Saturday, March 7, 2020 11:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Dave Coulier and I have become friends over the last number of years, and I see his prowess on the softball field at Joe Kocur’s event,” External link

mlive Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “I thought him and Dylan (Larkin) played really well together, I thought the line played well (with Tyler Bertuzzi),” “So, I’m hoping they can create some of the chemistry that they’ve shown at different times, either at the end of last year or the beginning of this year and build towards a better tomorrow” External link

mlive Friday, March 6, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s just a matter of going through some conditioning and getting him ready to get back in their lineup,” External link

mlive Friday, March 6, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a good player and he’s shown that. I think he’s grown since he’s been over here,” “He seems to grasp coaching well, which the best athletes do. You tell him something, he gets better at it, from everything I’ve been told. He’s god a moxie, a confidence to him that I like a lot. The fact he played last year against men (in the German league) probably prepared him for this year and the fact he’s been in the American League this year has been a really good thing. I think he’s allowed to grow without the constant every day, external pressures that exist in the NHL. … I think it helps guys become ready-made when they get to the NHL” External link

mlive Friday, March 6, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The fact that he’s a big body, I think has helped him handle the tough and roughness of the American League,” External link

mlive Friday, March 6, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think anything is a consideration, but I think the IIHF would do whatever it could to maintain those World Championships,” External link

mlive Thursday, March 5, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think anything is a consideration, but I think the IIHF would do whatever it could to maintain those World Championships,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 4, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “For a guy we’re projecting to help our depth in the bottom six, he does have good offensive sense a bit,” “He’s got good hands. I think he could potentially help us in those areas as long as he stays real accountable defensively and keeps up his physical play. He’s a guy that you could move up and down the lineup and get into different roles” External link

mlive Tuesday, March 3, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Somebody that can play in those (third and fourth) lines, not have to play top-six minutes but can provide some more skill, can play hard, can be good defensively, can bring a physical element and just help our depth,” External link

mlive Monday, March 2, 2020 1:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I like that part of it,” External link

mlive Monday, March 2, 2020 1:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It would have been nice if he could have come in right away and practiced,” “It’s hard to be a cohesive five-man unit if not everybody knows what’s going on. I thought he played fine last night, but you don’t play as individuals, you play as a team and so that part makes it hard. With that said, we’d like to play him because we want to see what he’s all about, see if he can help us” External link

mlive Monday, March 2, 2020 1:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The fact he’s on his skates and out there is good,” External link

mlive Monday, March 2, 2020 1:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s one team fighting like crazy to make the playoffs and one team skating around in their jerseys,” External link

mlive Saturday, February 29, 2020 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Steve Yzerman ) : “Steve doesn’t want guys that look good or guys that skate around. He wants guys that are winners,” “We want guys that are winners. I think when times are tough, this is when a lot of those characteristics come through, the guys that are winners and the guys that aren’t. Certainly, there’s an evaluation process going on” External link

mlive Saturday, February 29, 2020 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You end the year feeling good about yourself and the other thing is it’s just way more fun to come into the locker room after a win than a loss like last night,” External link

mlive Saturday, February 29, 2020 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Right now, I’m hoping to have the full lineup available,” External link

mlive Saturday, February 29, 2020 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We were just kind of in our jerseys, too many guys just in their jerseys,” “You got to go out and play and compete like crazy” External link

mlive Friday, February 28, 2020 2:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It rests on all of us, including myself,” External link

mlive Friday, February 28, 2020 2:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The coaches in GR told me for the last few weeks they thought Dennis has played really good hockey, that he’s gone down there and earned an opportunity to come back up,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “All those things kind of make sense for us and went into the decision to call him up,” “Part of the positive of going down to the minors is having the opportunity to grow your confidence where you can play without thinking. The game happens too fast. If you’re worried about doing something right or doing something wrong, you’re not going to be effective. If you can just go down and play, you have a way better chance to be way more effective. Then hopefully you bring that confidence back up here” External link

mlive Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s why you call a five originally,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’m more disappointed in the fact we put ourselves in a spot where we had to take crap,” “They outplayed us, and they were winning, so we had to take it. That’s the part that sucks” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It looked like a team who just had two players traded away,” “I didn’t think our focus was very good. It better be way better than that moving forward” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “As I said to our guys today, just because you lose some good players doesn’t give you an excuse to lose,” “We got 20 dressed good enough to win and we got to go out and, if anything, it should heighten our awareness that we better out-work, out-compete and out-detail other teams” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Andreas was really good friends with a number of guys, that whole young crew of (Tyler) Bertuzzi, (Anthony) Mantha, Larkin, (Madison) Bowey, Fabbs (Robby Fabbri), they all got along really well,” “I’ve had conservations with some of the guys and I’ll have conversations with more. To say there’s no human emotion involved would be a lie. Our job is to compartmentalize that and go out and play to the best of our ability” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I contemplated not dressing him just to give him a practice, but in the end, he’s going to dress and play a little bit,” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The message is control what you can control,” External link

mlive Monday, February 24, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “These games around the deadline can be goofy at times,” “When you’re a guy who might get traded, there’s a lot of things that go into it, including your family. But it’s no different than the challenges we face in being eliminated from the playoffs. Regardless of anything that swirls around us, we got to go out every day and earn that jersey” External link

mlive Sunday, February 23, 2020 2:08:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “My understanding is he’s done a really good job,” “I’m a big fan. I think he’s going to be a really good player. How good? We’ll see. I think he’s still learning the give and take of offensive risk management. It’s something that he didn’t get a chance to do a whole bunch last year because of the level he was playing at (with Adler Manheim in Germany). He might not be getting that here either. Sometimes when you play at the highest level you end up playing over-safe. I think he’s got some offense to give and it’s just understanding that risk management and it’s a learned process. But I think he’s getting better at it and my understanding is he’s having a good, solid year” External link

mlive Friday, February 21, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Steve Yzerman ) : “You can look at it in a number of ways,” “One, if he’s developing really well down there, leave him there and let him continue to develop. Two would be, he’s playing well down there, does it help him to come up and play a little bit? In the end, Steve will make the decision based on what’s best for his development and it’ll be solely based on that” External link

mlive Friday, February 21, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “This last time that he’s been down, he’s probably played his best hockey,” “I think there’s some logic to say if he’s playing really good hockey, let’s let him continue to play really good hockey and leave him there for now. But again, all those decisions are made on a day-to-day basis” External link

mlive Friday, February 21, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Mike Green ) : “I just really have enjoyed coaching Mike,” “He’s a great person, has done some great, great things and he comes and works like he’s a rookie. I just have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a person, a player, a competitor. He wants to get better, he wants to learn, very coachable” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Mike Green ) : “If there’s one thing I could say that stood out for Mike Green for me, for those that don’t get a chance to see, is how hard he comes and works at his craft, how hard he comes and competes every day in practice,” “I think it’s awesome. He’s had enough accomplishments in his career that potentially he could feel like he doesn’t have to (work hard), and he hasn’t done that one time” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Brendan's doing good. He's up,” External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Brendan's doing good. He's up,” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, February 12, 2020 8:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Brendan's doing good. He's up,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 12, 2020 7:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Brendan's doing good. He's up,” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, February 12, 2020 7:37:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The first part of the year he was our best offensive player, most dynamic,” “We have to be realistic in the sense that he’s been out for a long time if you combine the two injuries. We just have to understand he’s going to have some ups and downs as he comes back to get going at full speed. It’s hard at this time of year, when the league is really ramping up, to miss that time” External link

mlive Monday, February 10, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think confidence matters again and obviously these two goals will be big for him,” External link

woodtv Monday, February 10, 2020 3:46:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He works every day, as does Jimmy (Howard); they both work really hard with (goaltending coach) Jeff Salajko,” “I think confidence matters and (Bernier’s) confidence has obviously blossomed as he’s played better and better” External link

mlive Monday, February 10, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Andreas Athanasiou ) : “When Andreas digs in, he’s really good defensively and you want talented guys out there in those situations because they find ways to score empty-net goals,” “I thought he was having a committed game and I wanted to make sure I reward him with that” External link

mlive Monday, February 10, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "I think confidence matters again and obviously these two goals will be big for him," External link

dcourier Monday, February 10, 2020 1:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "I think confidence matters again and obviously these two goals will be big for him," External link

masslive Monday, February 10, 2020 12:59:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Right now, we wanted to leave Seider where Seider is,” “He’s a first-year pro, so at this time as we stand here today, we’re going to let him continue to play (in the AHL)” External link

mlive Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Trevor Daley ) : “Trevor has been lots of different situations in hockey and can talk through,” “He’s a guy that players like playing with because he talks and he cares, so it’s a good veteran and young guy pairing” External link

mlive Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He was up last year, did a really good job, wasn’t as successful this year,” “I don’t think he played poorly, but he wasn’t as successful at producing points. We just need a little more, obviously, we need a lot more offensive punch, and Taro is good defensively and he’s smart. I think we could use more good decisions on the ice, and he makes a lot of good decisions” External link

mlive Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I would like to get some guys going at a higher level, so you hope by switching lines you can get guys going a little bit more,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That is where you can’t afford to slip even the littlest bit,” “And honestly, in some ways it can be good for these guys because they’ll learn real fast” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 4, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We looked like a hockey team,” “It’s certainly frustrating not to win. but from a process standpoint we were way better. I thought we executed better, we had more confidence, we were more poised with the puck. We did more with the puck. We have up some chances, but that’s the way we have to keep continuing to try to play on a nightly basis, take steps forward. … It was a step in the right direction” External link

mlive Sunday, February 2, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t walk in his shoes, so I don’t pretend to walk in his shoes,” External link

usaToday Sunday, January 26, 2020 8:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think it’s definitely showing that maturation,” “He’s a guy who understands that for sure. It’s unfortunate. I wish they could have been goals that mattered more. But good for him to understand the moment” External link

usaToday Sunday, January 26, 2020 8:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought a year ago he tried to stick-handle as he moved up the ice through people,” External link

usaToday Sunday, January 26, 2020 8:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I was like, ‘Oh, wow, this guy’s way better than I realized,’ ” “I had heard a lot about how he was a disturber and all that stuff. When I first got him (in the AHL), I was like, ‘He’s got really good hands. He’s got really good poise.’ I credit that to he’s not afraid to take a hit. He believes he can hold onto the puck. He’s not a super, super big guy but he’s very strong on his edges” External link

mlive Friday, January 24, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Every time he played for me, he looked like a guy who competed hard, and he’s pretty smart defensively and offensively,” External link

mlive Friday, January 24, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was kind of a little bit of fool’s gold in the first – some guys were going, some guys just weren’t ready to go,” “It catches up to you as the game goes along and it caught up to us. Then we played stupid” External link

usaToday Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “His NHL skillset is he’s a big man who plays hard and has good enough hands and enough skill,” “I think he’s been pretty good here at what he’s good at, meaning physicality. Certainly, he’s a load down low getting the puck to the net. I think he needs to make sure and continue to get better at playing within the system. You got to have five guys on the same page, and he’s got to make sure that he’s executing the system. That’s one area where he has to get better at. But when he’s got the puck down low, he brings some attributes that could allow him to have long-term success in the NHL” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Ben Simon ) : “I think when he first came in from junior, like a lot of guys, I don’t know that he was utilizing the skills that are going to separate him at this level,” “At the junior level he might have been able to do more stuff. At this level you have to figure out how can I be different than other people in a better way? I think he’s done that. He’s done that through really good coaching in the American League with Ben Simon, demanding that he does it right. He’s done that through self-discovery himself and looking and saying, ‘OK, I’m not going to be maybe a stick-handler through the neutral zone, I’m going to be a guy that’s the best guy on the team in putting (the puck) behind people, forechecking hard, being unbelievably hard in front of the net, holding onto the puck, getting it low to high. And he seems to have done that” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a big, big man who’s hard and isn’t afraid of anyone and likes to jaw and likes to be involved,” “I’ve told him I don’t want him to say a word to the refs. He got himself in some trouble talking to the refs in the American League, so don’t say a word up here. But he knows how to jaw and get underneath people’s skin” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He loves his uncle and that stuff doesn’t bother him a bit,” External link

clickondetroit Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was physical and lots of jawing and lots of stuff behind the play and a lot of emotion,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 19, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One thing we’ve really concentrated and focused on is our physicality, and we’ve done different things to try to embrace that physicality, and since the Christmas break, we’ve been way better at that,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 19, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We can’t take those undisciplined penalties,” “Really both in the end are undisciplined. Not necessarily from guys that I expected” External link

mlive Sunday, January 19, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s playing real good hockey,” External link

mlive Saturday, January 18, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Matt Murray ) : “That’s one attribute that’s really, really good at,” “He’s a big, big man. That puck does not go in if Givani is not standing in front of the goalie Murray never saw the shot” External link

mlive Saturday, January 18, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s been a tough year for the team, it’s been a tough year for him,” External link

mlive Friday, January 17, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I learned right away, in this league especially, not to pay any attention -- especially when it’s not going well, to any of that stuff,” “Certainly, I appreciate the passion of our fanbase 100 percent. I think our fanbase overall has an idea of where we’re at in the building process, more so than when I probably first got the job. I think they understand if you have a salary cap and a draft, then the nature of pro sports is cyclical, and they understand where we’re at in the cycle” External link

mlive Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t need to be told I’m doing good or if he wants to tell me we’re not doing a good job,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We all understand where we’re at and we got to make sure we continue to not just hold the young guys accountable but the group accountable, continue to push them to be their very best,” “There’s nothing I take more satisfaction in coaching than in helping guys reach their very best and there’s lots of pitfalls when you have a bad season. … I would hate to sit back 10 years from now and say, ‘I didn’t do everything I could to help that player be the best he can be.’ So that’s what will continue to drive me” External link

mlive Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “My job is to make sure Jimmy is holding himself accountable, which he is, and that he’s meeting the work ethic standard, which he is,” “Confidence matters in sports and when it’s not going your way with the goaltending position, it really matters. The good thing about Jimmy is he’s been around a long time. I think his mindset is in the right spot. He’s looking in the mirror and saying, ‘I got to be better,’ and he’s going to work” External link

mlive Monday, January 13, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a guy who’s done a good job in the NHL and he’s got to come in and give us real good minutes when he gets in there,” “He certainly has the body of work to say he can do it, be a real good No. 3” External link

mlive Monday, January 13, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Jeff Blashill ) : “I can tell you he looked great in practice (Saturday), he worked hard, I think he’s continued to work hard with (goalie coach) Jeff Salajko,” External link

mlive Monday, January 13, 2020 7:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t know if it’s a day-to-day thing, I don’t know if it’s a seven-day deal,” “He’s going to undergo a test in the morning” External link

mlive Monday, January 13, 2020 7:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We step up, create a turnover, it kind of bounces to an area where we should have had a guy there,” External link

mlive Monday, January 13, 2020 7:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He spent some time learning it last year, but he’s had to learn in the NHL, too,” “Really, really strong on the puck, so when he gets a chance to clear the puck, he clears it. I think he’s got really good instincts. For me, his best qualities are his competitiveness and his instincts. Those two things come out certainly on the penalty kill” External link

mlive Saturday, January 11, 2020 5:29:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He laid it down the wall earlier in that shift instead of trying to make something out of nothing,” “Offensive guys want to try to make something out of nothing a lot of times. I alluded to it after the Chicago game, we have to learn to stop beating ourselves or we’ll never be a good team. We had a long meeting about that. I thought that play was indicative of it. Take what’s given. When you’re a young, talented player you tend to want to force things, make something happen. Very rarely does that work out well” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There’s times where he gets in that scoring square and there’s a potential for a pass, but I never talk to him about it because I’m not going to take away that shot-first mentality,” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One, I think he’s done a really good job of making plays without taking unneeded risk but yet not throwing the puck away,” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 7, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think if there was a toxic-type culture around here, then it can hurt young guys,” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 7, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Certainly, they deserve every bit as much as the dads to come and be a part of their sons’ journey and see firsthand what their sons’ lives are like on the road,” “It’s a different kind of atmosphere but a great one, nonetheless. It should be lots of fun” External link

mlive Friday, January 3, 2020 12:02:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “My own personal house, my wife deserves every bit of the credit,” External link

mlive Friday, January 3, 2020 12:02:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "He'll be out for a little bit. I don't have an exact answer (how long), but two weeks, three weeks," External link

wsau Wednesday, January 1, 2020 8:33:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "He'll be out for a little bit. I don't have an exact answer (how long), but two weeks, three weeks," External link

nampa Tuesday, December 31, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Almost to a point that we’ve talked about making sure he doesn’t lose his identity as hard skilled, not to get too cute with his skill and still maintain that hard skill where he’s hard at the net, he’s hard on pucks,” “He’s got better skill than people have given him credit for. That skill has been able to come out a little more with the confidence that he’s grown” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:41:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s definitely a guy that shows up every day to compete, every day to work,” “That’s important in this league to have any success that you’re an every-day player and he’s definitely one of those guys” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:41:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I did play him at center the last couple games at different times,” “When he’s engaged defensively, he can be a really good center. Is it something I’ve thought about? At different times, probably more in-game (switch), but I actually have done it and may continue to do it” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 31, 2019 2:06:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’ll go back and say, if we continue to play like that and have that next-shift mentality and play that hard and competitive, we’re going to get our results that I (thought) we probably deserved tonight,” External link

eagletribune Sunday, December 29, 2019 8:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re going to come out of it with tough opponents,” “We got to do everything we can to find ways to flush anything that’s happened up until now and to flush the day before, whether we win our first game out of the break or we lose our first game out of the break. We got to flush it and keep working on finding ways to get better as a hockey team” External link

mlive Monday, December 23, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t think it’ll be anything (real long term), but he’s still going through some testing,” External link

mlive Monday, December 23, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s a really hard thing to say to guys you can’t look after each other,” “Those guys got to make those decisions in real time. We want to be smart. I’ve talked to Mo about we don’t need him fighting, that shouldn’t be his main role, but again they’re going to look after each other. I’d rather have guys look after each other than guys not look after each other. That’s just the reality of sports” External link

mlive Monday, December 23, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I didn’t think he was quite going yet,” External link

mlive Monday, December 23, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Whether he’s available that first game after the break, I don’t know yet,” “We’ll see how the healing process goes” External link

mlive Monday, December 23, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Valtteri Filppula ) : “It’s not like he played an unbelievable game and I said I have to get him on the top line,” “It is way more to do with kind of the makeup of all the other lines, specifically the Filppula line. I wanted a little more grit on that line, so Bert gives that line some grit, some net presence, some hardness. I think the Bert-Larkin-Mantha line had a real struggle last game, so we’re going to mix it up and see how it goes” External link

mlive Friday, December 20, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a good, skilled player that can shoot the puck in the net and make plays and hopefully he becomes an elite skilled player that can shoot the puck in the net and make plays,” “What playing with Larkin and Mantha does is when they’re on their game, you don’t have to carry a line, you can be a guy who can kind of just play with them. We need Larks and Mantha to be going at a high level and then if that’s the case, it gives Zadina a chance to probably get some real looks. Whether it’s real looks to make a play or real looks to shoot the puck in the net, hopefully he does both” External link

mlive Friday, December 20, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We made the decision with our eyes wide open,” “We were able to see him play a couple games. We were able to see him in practice, and we knew it was a potential” External link

clickondetroit Friday, December 20, 2019 4:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He gets rid of it as fast as he can and that’s kind of the way we played,” “That’s confidence and moxie and swagger, but we’re the only ones that can give us that. We got a whole bunch of guys that are good hockey players in that room that aren’t playing as good as they can” External link

mlive Wednesday, December 18, 2019 5:46:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t think they were alone,” “I thought there were a number of guys that weren’t nearly good enough. Certainly, the guys that get lots of ice time, they got to be way better” External link

mlive Wednesday, December 18, 2019 5:46:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought some guys worked hard but not nearly good enough,” “Some of our best players got to be way better than they were” External link

mlive Wednesday, December 18, 2019 5:46:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Beyond scoring, I thought he was impactful,” “We got some guys in our room that have been really good players for us this year, they got to raise their game up, we got to be way better” External link

mlive Wednesday, December 18, 2019 5:46:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It has a huge impact on the team because he’s our top defenseman,” External link

clickondetroit Tuesday, December 17, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He could be out for, potentially, for the season,” “He was making progress toward getting back, had a setback ... he’s going to have (back) surgery today” External link

clickondetroit Tuesday, December 17, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’ll be out for a significant period of time. Months,” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:29:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “From the time he was hurt, it’s a huge impact on the team,” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:29:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “What I like about it is you have a big, big body in Mo, who’s an elite talent, and to me they have a chance to be a good offensive line and I thought they did a good job last night,” “Nobody was all that good, but I thought they did a good job” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 17, 2019 12:37:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We had no energy last night,” “We had some guys take IVs before the game. You could tell they had nothing. As much as you want to not let that bother you, it’s the reality of how you feel. Everybody goes through it at some point. We’re going through it right now” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 17, 2019 12:37:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought we got out-competed, out-executed and outworked,” External link

mlive Monday, December 16, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’ve gone through stretches where we’ve played pretty good and still lost but then it kind of snowballs,” “We have to make sure we nip this in the bud fast. We have to come out and have a great effort on Tuesday (against Columbus at LCA)” External link

mlive Monday, December 16, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We looked like a team that wasn’t ready to play and that’s ultimately on me,” External link

mlive Monday, December 16, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Filip Hronek ) : “Filip is fighting to stay here,” “Other guys have to have the attitude that they’re fighting to stay here” External link

mlive Monday, December 16, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s an area that I know he’s got to get better at,” “I thought he struggled a little bit in Winnipeg that way, too. He works hard, he’s got a great attitude, he will get better at things” External link

mlive Monday, December 16, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Steve Yzerman ) : “We just want to make sure we’re putting him in the right position, but he certainly has tested it and feels good about it,” “I anticipate that he’ll play, but until I chat with Steve, I just want to make sure” External link

mlive Friday, December 13, 2019 11:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Anthony Mantha ) : “It just gives us more depth and firepower, more options,” “Coming off three weeks (out) is not easy, so I want to temper expectations with Anthony, but he looks really good out there” External link

mlive Friday, December 13, 2019 11:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Anthony Mantha ) : “You don’t love, necessarily, putting him in back-to-back, but we’ve had so many guys out you just love the fact he wants to play,” “Obviously, it’s Montreal. I get it. If he’s sore, we’ll be precautionary. "If Anthony is healthy, we welcome him back. He’s a big piece of our team” External link

mlive Friday, December 13, 2019 11:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “In the end Steve (general manager Yzerman) wants to do whatever is best for his development,” External link

mlive Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One, just learning how to end plays,” External link

mlive Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The thing about goaltenders, you cannot ease your way into it, you have to be ready to go full out,” External link

mlive Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s skating with less pain, he’s going longer durations,” “Not (playing) this weekend, taking steps in the right direction” External link

mlive Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s important that we scored. It matters,” “In matters of confidence, we’ve obviously gone such a stretch without scoring goals. I think we’ve played games where we had the opportunities to score more. To come on and ultimately make it a tight game I think is a good thing” External link

mlive Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Robby Fabbri ) : “Right now, I got (Robby Fabbri) there; Fabbs has played pretty good,” External link

mlive Saturday, December 7, 2019 1:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Evgeni Malkin ) : “There’s also defensive matchups that you’ve got to be concerned about,” “Do I want him, in his 15th NHL game, playing head-to-head against Malkin all night? That’s a hard position to put a young guy in. I think it’s real important as coaches that we put people in positions to succeed and sometimes that means you have to kind of feed him a little more at a time and not just throw him right in there” External link

mlive Saturday, December 7, 2019 1:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It cements home that he’s playing good hockey, you want to get rewarded for that,” “I think he has a better understanding of what it’s going to take for him to be successful. I think he understands he can’t do it all by himself, he’ll probably never be big enough or fast enough to be that, so he has to be a give-and-go type player and I think he’s learned that and he’s a way better give-and-go player than he was a year ago. I think having those assists makes you feel better about yourself” External link

mlive Saturday, December 7, 2019 1:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You have to be able to find ways to create time and space,” “It’s easier for the really fast guys because they’re still fast, or for the really big guys because they’re still really big. When you’re neither of those you have to learn to use your brain to either create time and space or take advantage of your time and space. If you know what you’re doing with the puck before you get it, you’re a way faster player” External link

mlive Saturday, December 7, 2019 1:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’ll see how it goes. No timeframe whatsoever,” “We wanted to get him down and play a game in a week where we didn’t have much going in terms of games. We could have left him there for tonight’s game, but I wanted him for today’s practice to give him the best chance to be successful for tomorrow’s game” External link

mlive Saturday, December 7, 2019 1:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If you mope around, it’s hard to play at a high, high level; we get a great opportunity every day to play in the NHL, coach in the NHL,” “Our guys took a great approach today and we worked real hard. We had fun working. Having fun doesn’t mean kumbaya sessions and all that. Having fun means enjoying the grind of the NHL, enjoying the work that you got to put in, enjoying the competitiveness of the NHL, and I think our guys did a good job of that today” External link

mlive Wednesday, December 4, 2019 2:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “What you try to do in training camp is build great habits, so as you go through the season and you don’t have much practice time, guys can play without thinking, meaning you’ve built those habits, where they just play and react the right way,” External link

mlive Wednesday, December 4, 2019 2:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “From the coaching staff perspective, I don’t have to walk around here and be mad at everybody and be dark and gloomy,” “We’ve played pretty well the last number of games, with the exception of a terrible game against Toronto (6-0 loss on Wednesday), and we got no results to show for it. The scoresheet looks terrible. I get all that. But I’m just telling you our guys have done lots of good stuff, so let’s just keep building on those things” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 3, 2019 2:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Zadina has played well, he’s played much better than he did when he came up a year ago,” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 3, 2019 2:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s snowballed already a bit,” External link

mlive Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “How do I, as head coach, help our team generate more offense?” “One, we have to make sure we have the puck. In order to have the puck, you have to play great defensively. Two, we have to make sure we have net presence and the ability to score dirty, which I think we’ve done a pretty good job the last couple nights. They haven’t gone in as much. Three, we got to be better on the power play” External link

mlive Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When you’re way up there (in the minuses), you have to look at it and say, what do we have to do to fix it?” External link

mlive Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s important for everybody to remember,” External link

mlive Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When you miss time it’s hard to hit the ground running,” “He’s been playing excellent. His confidence is at a real high. You’re cautious with your expectations when players come back after longer injuries because the league is not slowing down, it’s only ramping up, so it gets harder” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 26, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The one thing we’re going to do, both myself and Steve (general manager Yzerman), is make sure that it’s in his best interest long-term,” “If he comes in here and plays unbelievable, that’s good for him. It’s good for us” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 26, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We haven’t been as hard at the other team’s net as we were a year ago,” “A year ago, we were better at having net presence, better at getting pucks around the cage. I thought we scored more dirty goals” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 26, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We got to make sure that we stay on the guys to keep shooting the puck,” “We worked on it at the end of practice today, just scoring dirty, scoring around the cage, getting people around the cage, having one guy in the goalie’s eyes, having one guy presenting his stick and create chaos that way” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 26, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Steve Yzerman ) : “When I’ve talked to their coaching staff, they’ve been happy with his overall play,” “When I’ve talked to (general manager) Steve Yzerman, he’s been happy with his overall play” External link

mlive Monday, November 25, 2019 2:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You don’t score in any league at higher levels if you don’t get to that area,” External link

mlive Monday, November 25, 2019 2:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Dennis in the first period was excellent,” External link

mlive Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think the biggest thing is he needs to be able to go out there and look like he’s at full speed,” “That doesn’t mean that you feel like you’re at full speed, but nobody in the building can know he’s not” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There’s been no significant progress,” “Where that leads to, I don’t know. But right now, we won’t have him back in the foreseeable future” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Danny DeKeyser ) : “Dales would be similar in a sense to DeKeyser in that there has been no significant progress whatsoever,” “That just means they’re still weeks away. When you’ve been out as long as both of those guys have been out it’s going to be at least a week before you get back going once you’re full speed, and they’re not anywhere near that right now” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He feels way better. I think he’s in a good spot,” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We went into the year and I wanted to get Bernie a little more of a regular rotation to see if that can help give us two guys that are playing at a high level,” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:11:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When you’re a smaller goalie, you have to rely on reading the play. The more you play, probably the more comfortable you are in those reads,” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:11:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s hard for me to pinpoint one thing. I would just say I think it’s a short-term thing, it’s not like it’s been 100 games,” “It just didn’t go as well really for either guy for a stretch there as they would have liked and as we would have liked. Some of that’s on the team as a whole, some of it’s on them to play a little bit better, but I think they are” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:11:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He was able to get through the whole practice and I told him I really want him to practice to have the opportunity to play (Tuesday),” “I just didn’t think he could sit out another day and expect to go in there. Now I have to feel confident that he can go out there and skate at full speed. We’ll see” External link

mlive Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:11:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill told ( about Frans Nielsen ) : “I actually think Frans is trying hard,” External link

mlive Monday, November 18, 2019 5:45:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Winning is important because of your confidence, but we’ve just got to concentrate on trying to make sure we do things right,” “It was good for our guys to dig in” External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, November 13, 2019 3:53:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Winning is important because of your confidence, but we’ve just got to concentrate on trying to make sure we do things right,” “It was good for our guys to dig in” External link

ChinaPost Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:51:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "Winning is important because of your confidence, but we've just got to concentrate on trying to make sure we do things right," "It was good for our guys to dig in" External link

eagletribune Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought for the most part we defended not bad, we didn’t give up a whole bunch,” External link

mlive Monday, November 11, 2019 6:46:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Tom Brady ) : “Every day he’s got the same fountain of youth as Tom Brady, I guess,” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, November 10, 2019 5:30:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Tom Brady ) : “Every day he’ got the same fountain of youth as Tom Brady, I guess,” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, November 10, 2019 3:34:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s been thrust into probably too much ice time … he’s got to bite off tons of minutes and hard minutes, but he’s doing a good job with it,” “I don’t think the last few games have been quite as good as they were before, but I thought (Friday) he kind of answered the bell. He’s out there against one of the best lines in the league” External link

mlive Sunday, November 10, 2019 12:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When I teach him or yell at him or talk to him or whatever approach I take, he kind of takes it,” “He goes on the ice and he does what he thinks is right. That’s a great attribute” External link

mlive Sunday, November 10, 2019 12:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Robby Fabbri ) : “We’re hoping we can get Robby back up to the speed he was when he first came into the league,” External link

mlive Friday, November 8, 2019 9:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Prior to the injury he played very hard,” “He’s obviously a smaller guy but played very hard. He’s got to get back to playing that way. When you’ve been hurt with massive injuries, sometimes you can get a little bit cautious, so it takes a little bit of time to get away from that. I’m hoping he can play as hard as he has in the past and he can give you scoring depth” External link

mlive Friday, November 8, 2019 9:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s big, he’s fast, he can shoot it,” “I think sometimes when you’ve been through hard experiences it makes you better in the end and I think he recognizes that. I’m not going to be judgmental after one or two games, let’s watch him after a number of games” External link

mlive Friday, November 1, 2019 1:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The willingness to look in the mirror and say, ‘I have to play better and not play the blame game that I’ve just been screwed at every spot,’ ” External link

mlive Friday, November 1, 2019 1:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You can’t get better if you’re not willing to admit you need to get better,” “The biggest thing I’ve said to him is you’re a great skater, there can be no glide in your game. You can’t wait for the puck to be on your stick to really skate, you got to skate away from the puck, meaning forecheck, back-check, all those things” External link

mlive Friday, November 1, 2019 1:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We have to make the decisions that are best for him, that are best for the organization,” “I know he’d like to play against his brother. They’re extremely close. Evgeny’s as good a person as I’ve been around. He’s an excellent human being and certainly you’d love to make that happen. But we’re in the business of trying to win hockey games and trying to do what’s best for the individual players” External link

mlive Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I want him to understand that there’s more in his game,” External link

mlive Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Larks plays his best hockey when he matches up against other teams’ best,” External link

mlive Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If we can get him to play with the detail in his game that it’s necessary to play with to be successful, if we can get him to play at that high level every night, to use that skill-set, he’ll be really good for us,” “Sometimes it’s timing and I’m hoping the timing is such that he’s ready to dig in and understand he’s got to get better at certain things, and he comes here and blossoms. We can give him a clean slate and opportunity” External link

mlive Tuesday, October 29, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’ve been in kind of spot on the left side where we don’t have any other lefties, so you basically have to play the three guys you have,” External link

mlive Tuesday, October 29, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Him and I talked about when they’re not going in, you got to make sure you do everything else right,” “You got to make sure that your game is really sound structurally, and then find your way to the net and score some dirty goals. I think that’s an area that he can keep getting better at, so he doesn’t have to rely on the home run-type goals” External link

mlive Monday, October 28, 2019 11:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Valtteri Filppula ) : “He’s the type of player that gets some real big-time chances, at times out of nowhere with his speed, and he’s had those chances,” “If you look back to the number of breakaways he’s had, I think (Valtteri Filppula) had the breakaway the other night and (Athanasiou) pokes at the rebound, it doesn’t go in, but he was right there on it. So, he’s getting the chances that he has previously scored on. Right now. they’re not going in. He’s just got to stay with it” External link

mlive Monday, October 28, 2019 11:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he’s played much better in the last number of games,” “He’s been engaged, he had a great back-check (Sunday) at a critical moment -- actually had two great back-checks. But he’s got to get scoring” External link

mlive Monday, October 28, 2019 11:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought we outplayed them in the second half of the first, I thought we outplayed them in the second, I thought we outplayed them in the third,” “I thought we did tons of good stuff throughout the game, especially as the game continued along. I thought we carried the play” External link

mlive Monday, October 28, 2019 4:49:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It just hasn’t gone in the net much for our team, so it’s hard to accumulate a whole bunch of points,” “And he’s an assist guy more than he’s a pure scorer, so when we’re not scoring it’s going to be hard for him to accumulate points. He certainly has made enough plays where he could have more points. He’s just going to have to keep grinding” External link

mlive Sunday, October 27, 2019 1:14:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It would be really hard for him to match physicality for physicality,” External link

mlive Sunday, October 27, 2019 1:14:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I can’t say I’ve had a bunch of times where I said, ‘You got to shoot that puck,’ ” “I think he’s improved his shot, so he’s got more confidence. I think it’s volume of opportunity. He’s got to create more” External link

mlive Sunday, October 27, 2019 1:14:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When we were looking for a potential guy to fill in, we’ve said this for a few days, maybe he can come in and help us,” “He’s a net-presence guy, he scores the hard type of goals and he brings physicality, and at times he brings you into the fight a little bit. I’m excited to give him a shot up and also a good reward for his play down there” External link

mlive Friday, October 25, 2019 8:02:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We can’t take lots of penalties; we’ve talked about it,” External link

mlive Friday, October 25, 2019 8:02:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill told : “I think part of it is when you’ve scored (four) goals in three games,” External link

mlive Thursday, October 24, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Luke’s going to be out for a little bit. I don’t know how long,” External link

mlive Thursday, October 24, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “My message to Jon was … go down and play great hockey, and he told me that’s his plan,” “He just hasn’t played in a long time. Right now, I didn’t have him in the lineup. If you don’t have him in the lineup, he’s got to play. In order to get his game back, he’s got to play” External link

mlive Wednesday, October 23, 2019 8:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Now he gets to go down and play hockey, and hopefully play great hockey,” “We’d be super happy, and he’d be super happy if he went down there and played great. Then he’s able to get back in the lineup at some point. But right now, it’s go down and play great hockey” External link

mlive Wednesday, October 23, 2019 8:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I know what Bert’s doing, he’s trying to win the puck battle, but you got to know the clock a little bit,” “You can’t want to try so hard that you take a penalty on the power play, can’t do it” External link

mlive Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:57:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When you give up as many goals as we’ve given up and enough of it has been on the penalty kill, it crushes you,” “When you’re getting scored on as many times as we’re getting scored on, it’s hard to keep digging back out, and we don’t score easy, so we got to find a way to either get more scoring or we got to do a better job of giving up less goals” External link

mlive Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:57:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill told : “Do we need more offense? Yeah. Are certain guys going to score more? Yes, they are,” External link

mlive Sunday, October 20, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Double-A is going to break through; he’s a proven scorer in this league, he’s going to score,” “I think on our trip he’s played hard; he’s done the things he’s got do to score. If he plays the way he’s played the last three games, he’s going to produce. He’s been engaged. He’s won physical battles. He’s worked. He’s been good defensively” External link

mlive Sunday, October 20, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a better defensive player today than he was a year ago,” External link

mlive Monday, October 14, 2019 1:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We have to be really good defensively, have great attention to detail and we have to be workers,” External link

mlive Saturday, October 12, 2019 6:21:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Andreas Athanasiou ) : “Certainly, any line that Andreas Athanasiou is on can score at any point,” “I also think the other lines have the ability to score and they believe they can contribute. They have to do it by laying pucks behind people and being hard on the forecheck and being good in the O-zone” External link

mlive Saturday, October 12, 2019 6:21:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Those guys are starting to come into their own a little bit,” “When you are a top line, you got to be a top line every night. There’s a lot of pressure on that line, just like the (Patrice) Bergeron line (for Boston) and the (Nathan) MacKinnon line (for Colorado), you got to perform at a high level every night. You’re given lots of ice time and with that comes the burden of making sure you play great every night. They have to be one of the elite lines in the league” External link

mlive Friday, October 4, 2019 3:02:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He could score a lot of goals in this league and be a big power forward that’s really hard to handle,” External link

mlive Friday, October 4, 2019 3:02:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If he practices tomorrow, then it puts him in position to play on Saturday,” “If he didn’t practice tomorrow, it’d be super-hard to play on Saturday, so I’m hoping he practices tomorrow, and he’ll probably be a game-time decision” External link

mlive Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We film all the practices, we watch them see who makes the best reads in different situations, whether it’s five-on-five or penalty kill, and we’ll make that determination on Saturday who plays,” External link

mlive Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The one thing good with Taro is he makes both units kind of dangerous,” External link

mlive Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Most of the breakouts we have involve trying to get the puck in Taro’s hands,” “He’s really shifty and really good at getting the puck in. We got a few guys that are like that, that do a good job of getting it in. A huge part of your entries on the power play is having guys that can kind of weave their way through the opponent and he can do that” External link

mlive Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t think it takes that much to get into that top 10,” External link

mlive Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He felt pretty good (Wednesday, an off day); we’ll see where he’s at today,” External link

mlive Thursday, October 3, 2019 6:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Ultimately, we have to improve our goal differentiation,” External link

mlive Thursday, October 3, 2019 2:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Darren Helm ) : “He turned up, I guess I’d say, kind of curled up with the puck and just kind of at the same time he almost ran into (Darren Helm) and then kind of went into the wall a little bit,” External link

mlive Tuesday, October 1, 2019 10:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “Certainly, Dylan’s a big part of our team , so we’ll have to see as it goes,” External link

mlive Tuesday, October 1, 2019 10:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s kind of been off and on with (that),” “He practiced (Monday), seemed good, and then today he couldn’t go. We’re hoping he can practice Thursday, Friday and be ready for Saturday” External link

mlive Tuesday, October 1, 2019 10:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When you suffer a big injury like he did it’s going to be a marathon,” “He’s got to keep grinding here” External link

mlive Saturday, September 28, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Jonathan Bernier ) : “I think our goaltending in general so far has been a bright spot,” “Bernier was excellent tonight. He kept us in the game” External link

mlive Saturday, September 28, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "Once we know where we’re at health-wise we’ll make our decisions and we’ll make them with two things in mind -- what’s going to give our guys the best chance to win hockey games in Detroit and also what’s best for each young player’s individual development," External link

mlive Friday, September 27, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We had some opportunities to play in this Kraft Hockeyville before, but our schedule didn’t allow it,” “To be able to play in the UP, and I grew up in the UP, albeit five hours away on the better side of the UP, but nonetheless I played youth hockey in this arena a long time ago. I think it’s awesome” External link

mlive Thursday, September 26, 2019 1:24:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dan Bylsma ) : “Disco Dan Bylsma will be the head coach tonight and the Grand Rapids staff is going to be on the bench as well,” External link

mlive Thursday, September 26, 2019 12:49:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You can debate whether or not he can score without those guys,” “We’ll see. He’s somebody that has had a scoring touch. He had it when he was 16, when I first saw him. He had it when he was at Michigan State. He had it in the minors and he’s had it at times here. Not only was he playing with good players at that time – whether it was Pav or Z or both – but you get more ice time. Let’s just watch and see how he plays” External link

mlive Thursday, September 26, 2019 12:49:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a very good net presence,” “There’s times he’s been more physically engaged, really impactful physically than others. Sometimes that has to do with the line or what the messaging is to him. I’d like to have him play teetering on the edge of reckless – we don’t want to give up outnumbered rushes because we’re diving down trying to make big hits -- and that’s not an easy thing, because when you do play reckless, sometimes you give up chances. So, it’s kind of finding that fine line. But I think the physicality, scoring touch, net presence, those are things he can bring to the table that not everybody in the league has and not everybody on the team has” External link

mlive Thursday, September 26, 2019 12:49:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Dennis has been sharp moving the puck, I think he’s been more physically engaged, I think he’s ended cycles better, I think he’s gapped (well),” “I think he’s had a really good start to his preseason. He’s spent a couple summers here really working. He’s put himself in good position after (three) games, now you got to keep going” External link

mlive Monday, September 23, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The left shot is important on that power play because everybody else is lefty,” External link

mlive Monday, September 23, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s big, he can skate, he’s got good feet, he can pass and shoot it,” “He’s going to play a number of (preseason) games, and we’ll keep watching” External link

mlive Monday, September 23, 2019 4:50:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One of the things we got to get Zadina to understand is it’s super hard in this league to self-create,” External link

mlive Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think there were a lot of expectations going into the draft,” “Going into last year, he played very, very young in the American League and he’s just got to relax and work on his game” External link

mlive Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You got to battle through all those times where it’s maybe not going your way,” “You have to work; you have to look at what I got to do better and you can’t let it beat you down. As fast as guys want to be successful, as fast as guys wants to be up here, you got to make sure every day you’re just getting a little better and you can’t make yourself worse by grinding on yourself too hard” External link

mlive Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought Moritz played a solid game,” “I think he made a few more mistakes than he had when I saw him in the Red and White (Sunday) and when I saw him in the Prospects Tournament and then in Chicago (Wednesday), but that’s part of it. It’s going to be a little bit of ups and downs, he’s 18 years old. So, I just think keeping our expectations in check is super important. He certainly doesn’t look like a guy that’s super out of place” External link

mlive Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We made the game a little more difficult than we should have, especially in the second, at times in the third, where we turned pucks over, so we were defending too much,” “He’s got good vision. He’s good with the puck. He had a chance to really shoot a one-timer and he kind of fanned on it a little bit. That’s going to be one of his specialties on the power play” External link

mlive Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s nothing something that’s going to set him back for Nashville opening night,” External link

mlive Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Valtteri Filppula ) : “I was here as an assistant, so I’ve seen Filppula over-pass,” “It’s just something we’ll talk about. He’s a great passer of the puck, he’s a real good player. He’s got lots of ability, so we’ll keep working on him shooting the puck more” External link

mlive Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought Moritz did a good job,” “I thought it was a tough challenge. They had a pretty good lineup, certainly with (Jonathan) Toews and (Patrick) Kane, that’s two of the best players in the world. He was out there enough times against that group, and I thought he did a good job. I thought (Trevor Daley, his defense partner) did a good job of talking to him and helping him out through the process. It was a good first game” External link

mlive Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he’s a pretty big, strong guy for his age,” “He’s 18 years old but he didn’t look to me out of place physically from a speed or from a size standpoint, so I think that was a positive start. Obviously, there’s lots of little things that he can continue to learn. So, for exhibition one, I thought he played a solid game. Let’s continue to watch and see how he does” External link

mlive Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought Greener was solid, I thought he had a good first game coming back after a long time,” External link

mlive Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought he was one of our few forwards that was able to create some offense,” “We weren’t able to create much offense. He makes lots of plays and that’s what he has to do, without giving much up, and he’s done that. I think he gets exponentially better with better players because he’s got such a good hockey mind” External link

mlive Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s earned the right first to be in the conversation of making the team, that’s the first step, to make sure you’re here full-time,” “He’s earned the right to be in the conversation to be in the middle six, whether you call it second line or third line. I don’t know that we’ll have a huge distinction between the two of them. He’s earned the right to be in the conversation to be on one of the two power-play units, but he’s got to keep earning it” External link

mlive Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re going to give Larks enough time to make sure that when he comes back, there’s no re-aggravation of what I would term a minor injury,” External link

mlive Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One of the ways you can become a great defenseman is be as efficient as possible,” External link

mlive Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Trevor Daley ) : “Veteran presence with a younger player,” “Daley has been around a lot of situations. He can help tell him where to stand, tell him different situations, they can talk” External link

mlive Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Any soft tissue stuff, you worry about pushing them back too fast and it turns into two weeks,” “They’re not all the same, but I don’t expect any of them to not be ready for the regular season. We’re hoping to get them all in on Friday or in some instances Sunday” External link

mlive Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re going to get them both going early,” “I like to get Bernie a few more games early than I did a year ago, try to get them both in a groove” External link

mlive Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Our penalty kill is going to be better because he knows how to kill,” “You got block shots and he’s great at it. Somebody told me that at one of the summer skates, he blocked 15 shots. He doesn’t flinch. He blocked a shot in practice this morning that I was like, ‘I don’t know if we need to be doing that.’ But that’s just what he does” External link

mlive Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He didn’t play tons of minutes, but I thought he played pretty good,” “You’re out a full year, you have major surgery on your knee, it’s hard. Just knowing that he played well and have a positive impact on the game is a real confidence booster” External link

mlive Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The league always has room for great players, so just play great,” “He tends to put lots of pressure on himself. He can’t, he’s just got to relax and play and understand it’s a marathon and not a sprint. He’s going to have good moments; he’s going to have bad moments. He’s just got to keep working through it” External link

mlive Tuesday, September 17, 2019 8:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It just gives us a real good chance to watch a whole bunch of guys in action,” External link

mlive Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We play the maximum of exhibition games, so we got to make sure basically that we keep two teams around,” “At that point, you almost keep two teams plus, because Grand Rapids can’t run their own camp. If they were running a camp it would be with guys that probably aren’t going to play there. This made the most sense for us, is to keep everybody in Detroit through the whole exhibition season” External link

mlive Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If you looked at Ras’ long-term outlook, he’s a (6-6) center -- those guys can be really, really hard to play against because they’re so good defensively, so if he’s a guy who can really shut down other teams’ best players, that’s a real positive,” External link

mlive Monday, September 16, 2019 2:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One of the things that can really separate him is his offensive ability,” External link

mlive Monday, September 16, 2019 1:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s got to stay healthy. That’s been something he hasn’t done,” External link

mlive Monday, September 16, 2019 1:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Mike Green ) : “Green has had no ill effect from last year’s virus so I think that’s a great thing for him,” External link

mlive Monday, September 16, 2019 1:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Andreas Athanasiou ) : “Just little tweaks that come with training camp,” “I don’t know if (Athanasiou) will skate (Monday), but I don’t think it’s anything long-term” External link

mlive Monday, September 16, 2019 1:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think anytime you get to where you’re one-dimensional, it’s hard. You want to provide more than that,” “When I watched Filip Zadina in juniors, he made plays. That’s what I liked when I saw him on tape, that it was more than just the pure scoring” External link

mlive Monday, September 16, 2019 1:06:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He can’t get frustrated when he doesn’t score, he’s just got to keep playing,” “Part of this process of becoming an NHL player and getting to the top of the pyramid is mental toughness and you have to find a way to keep your own confidence when things aren’t going great” External link

mlive Monday, September 16, 2019 1:06:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “A different side of him than I saw in the World Championship, when he was playing real safe because of the role he was in as a young kid,” “I thought he attacked the game here. He’s got real good instincts, real good brain, can move, he’s big. Let’s see when it starts to get more real” External link

mlive Sunday, September 15, 2019 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He came into the (suite) with his family at the draft, and his parents don’t speak much English, so he had to carry his parents a little bit and he did an unreal job of it,” “You could tell he’s comfortable in his own skin. Those are the guys that have true self-confidence. He’s got a little leadership Pied Piper to him where guys of the same age want to follow him around” External link

mlive Sunday, September 15, 2019 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He is somebody I’ve leaned on a little bit, somebody that leads by example unbelievably,” External link

mlive Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:44:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Steve Yzerman ) : “I talked extensively with (new general manager) Steve Yzerman during the course of the summer and with respect to the fact Steve is just getting to know our players, it made sense to go with four alternates,” “We reserve the right to change our mind” External link

mlive Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Other than that, it’s wide open up front in terms of finding ways to make your way and be an impact player,” External link

mlive Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:46:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re going to start there by making sure we have a great mentality and work ethic and competitiveness,” “Training camp is hard and we’re going to make sure guys can leave training camp and they know they put that time in. Once we get in the exhibition season, give guys opportunities to earn jobs. Earn jobs on the team, earn jobs on special teams, earn jobs in certain lineups and on D pairings, which guys make the best impact on the game, who makes more positive plays than negative plays, which guys have taken steps in the stuff we wanted them to take steps in” External link

mlive Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:46:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “This gives us a chance to have two good practices and then play a Red/White game,” “We play nine exhibition games, so I didn’t think we needed a whole bunch more scrimmages” External link

mlive Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:46:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One of the best things he has at his disposal is he’s able to create plays without tons of risk,” External link

mlive Monday, July 8, 2019 2:02:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "Schneids made a couple of big saves early, and I thought overall we got better as the game went on and picked up an important three points," External link

fox13memphis Sunday, May 19, 2019 3:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "Schneids made a couple of big saves early, and I thought overall we got better as the game went on and picked up an important three points," External link

kiro7 Sunday, May 19, 2019 1:54:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "Schneids made a couple of big saves early, and I thought overall we got better as the game went on and picked up an important three points," External link

wsoctv Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:42:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "Schneids made a couple of big saves early, and I thought overall we got better as the game went on and picked up an important three points," External link

seattlepi Saturday, May 18, 2019 9:03:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “As a coach or a player, you should never get used to being done in April,” “This gives me a chance to continue to work all the way to the beginning of June, similar to being on a playoff run. You’re working in preparation; you got an opportunity to compete in highly competitive games. Some of these rosters are littered with great players from the NHL. I say the same thing to our players that have opportunities to go, don’t get used to being done working” External link

mlive Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I counted nine guys that are regular first-line players on their NHL teams,” External link

mlive Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dan Bylsma ) : “Last year I had the opportunity to work with Dan Bylsma, so we had the chance to know each other on a working relationship and as a result I was able to hire Dan as an assistant coach in Detroit,” External link

mlive Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Ken Holland ) : “My first four years I had an opportunity to work with no doubt a future Hall-of- Fame general manager in Ken Holland,” External link

mlive Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Steve Yzerman ) : “I have some insight on Steve’s managerial style, what he’s like as a person and what’s important to him,” External link

mlive Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill added : “I still think the reality of us getting better has to come from the growth of our guys that we currently have” External link

mlive Monday, April 15, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Everyone says it’s about younger players. I agree with that on some level, but I think if you really look at the defensemen in the league, they’re not super young, certainly not the defensemen on winning teams,” “It takes longer for a defenseman to become an elite-type player than it does for a young forward. It’s a process to get to be a top-pair type D” External link

mlive Monday, April 15, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Not super-fast, not super-big, smart, can add offense, hard to play against,” “That, to me, is a real comparable for Filip Hronek. I want him to become Mark Giordano. Now, it took (Giordano) 12 years to become Mark Giordano. I’m hoping Fil does that quicker. What steps can he take? Keep creating without giving as much up” External link

mlive Monday, April 15, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’ve seen him grow the last couple years that way,” “He’s held himself to a pretty high standard and he’s worked. I think he was more comfortable this year, maybe it was the letter, of speaking up when he needed to, without speaking up at the wrong time” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 9, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Can they carry a hockey team to wins? That’s a big question they’ll answer on a nightly basis next year,” “It’s a heck of a responsibility. I don’t think there’s very many young players throughout the league that are able to carry their team. We’re going to ask that group of four up front to be a huge piece to carrying this team and they’re going to have to spend the summer getting way better” External link

seattletimes Monday, April 8, 2019 2:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s made a huge argument that he can for sure play one more season and good for him,” “He’s put himself in a spot where he can make that decision. He’s not being forced in that decision. The decision, I think, ultimately, will be his” External link

seattletimes Monday, April 8, 2019 2:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We were trying to protect him a little bit and try to keep Jimmy in there and see if we could hang in there,” “I thought Jimmy gutted it out big-time. It was disappointing for him because he got hung out to dry, so I was real disappointed for him just from a statistical standpoint” External link

mlive Sunday, April 7, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s not fun on the bench, no fun to lose, no fun to get your butt kicked,” “The biggest thing is we better understand we got a whole bunch of people that have to get better, and we got a development plan for each player that’s returning. If we take steps in the right direction, we have a chance to be a better team and maybe a lot better team, but if we plateau, no chance. So, let’s get better” External link

mlive Sunday, April 7, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Not only is he kind of the last man standing on that D corps, but he also has arguably been one of our best on a night to night basis, certainly through this stretch where we’ve had success,” “I would say through most of the year he’s been excellent. I thought he slipped a little around the trade deadline, like the rest of the team, but he’s done a really good job” External link

mlive Saturday, April 6, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He still has a great mind, both offensively and defensively, and he’s got lots of poise and he’s been able to help us break the puck out,” External link

mlive Saturday, April 6, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Blew me away, I couldn’t believe it, to be dead honest with you,” “You think of the players in this franchise, geez oh Pete, and the winning that’s been done here and the number of goals that have been scored. Different eras have had higher-scoring games, but for that to be the first time in history, I absolutely couldn’t believe it” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 3, 2019 2:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “What a good little run by that line and by (Bertuzzi),” “I’ve said this consistently all year, Bert has really grown. The consistency is the difference. The hardest thing in this league to be an elite player is consistency. You can’t have off-nights and outplay people, the league’s just too good, the players you’re playing against are equal or better than you on a consistent basis. He’s done an excellent job of consistently playing really well” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 3, 2019 2:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “They complement each other really well,” “When Mo’s skating the way he’s skating right now, it’s a high-end line. Dylan on a pretty consistent basis is a worker, Bert works. Bert’s a natural net-front guy. It’s certainly something that we’d love to stay together and see that line really grow” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 3, 2019 2:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think certain players benefit from added time, preparation, and probably somebody like Hirose has benefitted from that time,” External link

mlive Monday, April 1, 2019 11:03:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Our morale was getting in a tough spot when it was around the (Feb. 25) trade deadline and we were struggling and I thought we lost our way,” “I was very concerned about potentially losing some of the culture that we’ve been able to maintain here through some hard, losing stretches. That might be hard for people to understand, but if you’re on the inside you understand it” External link

mlive Monday, April 1, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Obviously, we don’t have lots of pressure on us,” “The biggest reason why we’re winning is our young guys have been excellent and we’ve gotten very good goaltending. Larkin, Mantha, Bertuzzi, AA and Hirose really through most of that stretch … they’re continuing to prove to themselves that they’re taking steps in the right direction to be the type of players that can help carry a franchise to a better spot” External link

mlive Monday, April 1, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The fact our young players are the ones driving this winning streak should temper some of those concerns because these are the guys who are going to make the impact sooner than anybody we draft,” “No. 2, just from a general perspective, you’re talking about percentages – 1 percent, 2 percent, 3 percent – you’re not talking about automatics, so I think the focus of our team has to be getting better as a group every day and I think the fact we’ve been building and building and these young guys are doing a great job should temper a lot of those concerns” External link

mlive Monday, April 1, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Our guys are competing like crazy, they’re working like crazy,” External link

mlive Saturday, March 30, 2019 2:13:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “They’re driving our team that way,” “I think DeKeyser has been excellent, I think (Niklas) Kronwall has been excellent, (Filip) Hronek has done a really good job” External link

mlive Saturday, March 30, 2019 2:13:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s put lots of years in (the AHL). For him to get the opportunity now, it’s deserved,” External link

mlive Saturday, March 30, 2019 2:13:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “A guy like Fil Hronek, I’d rather have him at 16 minutes,” External link

mlive Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Less big mistakes, less stepping up in the neutral zone going all or nothing and then all of a sudden you’re giving up a two-on-one,” External link

mlive Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If that procedure is done, that would take him out for the rest of the year, meaning he would have to be on blood thinners for a bit and couldn’t play contact sports for a bit, but then would be totally fine for next year,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill told : “Poise, vision. It looks like he wants to make a play every time he has the puck,” External link

mlive Friday, March 22, 2019 9:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We want to be extra cautious with it,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I can’t say it’s the exact same,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I wouldn’t judge anybody on one game, whether it’s great or not,” External link

mlive Tuesday, March 19, 2019 1:17:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If he can be a winning centerman, which means a two-way center, some of the steps that Larks has had to take, and at times I have to remind Larks of the same thing, then we’re a better team because he’s a dynamic player,” “But he’s got to make sure he plays like he did tonight on a consistent basis. I thought as the game went along, he turned too many pucks over. That’s something that he’ll continue to work on. But it’s just steps at getting better” External link

mlive Sunday, March 17, 2019 2:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t have an expectation level with either of these young guys, because I haven’t seen them play enough,” External link

mlive Friday, March 15, 2019 11:31:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If he’s going to make us better, he’s going to be a scoring winger,” External link

mlive Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think without question there’s benefit to having years under your belt,” External link

mlive Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If they can come in and play well, that’s great for everybody,” External link

mlive Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was just a matter of getting him to where he was pain-free and full range of motion,” “I think he’s got that now” External link

mlive Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t know that this (injury) would be a big deal,” External link

mlive Saturday, March 9, 2019 3:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I got another buddy there, Derek Lalonde (an assistant coach), h’s like the little yip on the side and he likes to yap a lot, like a little dog yaps a lot,” External link

mlive Saturday, March 9, 2019 3:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t think the discrepancy in teams in today’s NHL is outlandish,” “Certainly, I’m sick of not beating them” External link

mlive Saturday, March 9, 2019 3:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought Doubles was really going and when he’s really going and feeling it, he’s super-electric,” “I thought he was electric every time he touched the puck” External link

mlive Friday, March 8, 2019 4:53:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s had dynamic nights at both positions now,” “It’s a different use of his speed. On the wing he uses his speed to kind of get into breakaway situations. This way, he uses his speed to really transport the puck up the ice from the center position. I think it’s a good step and every game he plays where he’s dynamic as a center, it’s a real good step” External link

mlive Friday, March 8, 2019 4:53:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Coming back into his zone, stopping,” “He likes to kind of keep his momentum so then he can take off. But he’s too fast, he doesn’t need to do that. So, it’s just a habit of stopping and making sure that when he comes back into his zone, he either outnumbers right away or he stops and sorts. The thing if you don’t, if you drift as a player, nobody else knows what you’re doing. If you start and stop, then you can define who’s got who and what your responsibilities are. It’s just a habit that you can get away with a little bit more at wing than you can at center” External link

mlive Friday, March 8, 2019 4:53:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill told : "The doctor has suggested several weeks of complete rest to deal with it, so he'll be out for the season," External link

upi Friday, March 8, 2019 5:04:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s critical for the last 18 (games) that we play the right hockey,” “That’s the No. 1 thing. I think if you play the right hockey for 18 games, you’re going to win a lot of them” External link

mlive Friday, March 1, 2019 1:32:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I said this morning in our coaches meeting, when you give up the chances we gave up the other night, you’re going to hurt your goalies and then ultimately it’s going to eat away at their confidence,” “So, we got to get back to playing good defense” External link

mlive Friday, March 1, 2019 1:32:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “In this town you can hold your head high if you work your ass off and you compete your ass off,” “I think this town has got lots of room for blue-collar work ethic. When you give up and don’t finish the game the way we did, it is embarrassing” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 27, 2019 3:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill added : “I thought too many guys, I don’t know if quit’s the right word, but their urgency of the moment wasn’t even close to good enough” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 27, 2019 3:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It went in our net too easy, not from a goaltending perspective,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 27, 2019 3:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That team out-competes us on a regular basis,” “It’s a joke. We’ve competed hard all year, since probably the last time we played these guys, for the most part we’ve been pretty good about that. Why are you going to allow that to happen? It’s stupid. No reason for it” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 27, 2019 3:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “His job is to shoot when he gets those passes,” “It doesn’t mean he can’t make a play, but I expect him to shoot pucks” External link

mlive Saturday, February 23, 2019 11:57:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s been through what Zadina’s going through,” “He was a high pick (fifth in 2003), he’s been in similar situations, so I think he can help. (Vanek) has got high hockey IQ and he’s probably our best passer” External link

mlive Saturday, February 23, 2019 11:57:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The last thing you want is to have a group of offensive players playing D-zone coverage the whole time,” External link

mlive Saturday, February 23, 2019 11:57:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Part of this is seeing where he’s at, how ready is he for some of these things,” “Putting him on the power play to start gives him an opportunity to showcase what I think one of his best attributes are. He’s played different spots in GR -- on that flank, on the opposite flank where he’s more on his forehand, in the middle. Where I’ve seen him be his best is shooting one-timers on that side, so I’m hoping he can shoot a few in the net” External link

mlive Saturday, February 23, 2019 11:57:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If he goes out and plays great, then you earn more minutes,” “It’s not going to be a thing where if he doesn’t play good, he’s going to get benched per se, but you got to ease your way into it” External link

mlive Saturday, February 23, 2019 11:57:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’d love for (the Griffins) to go on a big playoff run and him be a big part of it,” “So, we’re hoping he gets up here, gets a feel as a young player for the things he needs to work on over the course of this year and through the summer, and then go back and be a better player because of it and lead Grand Rapids” External link

mlive Saturday, February 23, 2019 8:14:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’ve got some pretty good young players here; if I bring him in and put him ahead of some of those young guys, it’s not really right,” External link

mlive Saturday, February 23, 2019 8:14:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I got a chance to see him play a little bit online and what I’ve watched he’s been what I’d say more dangerous,” External link

mlive Saturday, February 23, 2019 8:14:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’ve talked to Jense a little bit but I’m going to grab Jense today and see how he’s doing and just make sure from a mental state that he’s focusing on what he can control and that’s his play,” External link

mlive Friday, February 22, 2019 2:30:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Unless I’m told that, we won’t,” “We’ll try to win both games. We’re going to try to do everything we can, like we have all year, to focus on that singular game ahead of us and that’s Minnesota” External link

mlive Friday, February 22, 2019 2:30:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The top line played excellent, as a group and individually, without question,” External link

mlive Friday, February 22, 2019 2:30:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s 6-foot-5, he’s got great hands, great release, can make plays and he’s a horse,” “It’s just a continued process. I think some of that’s confidence. … I think when Mo feels confident, he’s a great player” External link

mlive Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he’s been a much more consistent performer regardless of the output,” “He’s a unique player in that you can play him in a lot of different spots, and he can produce. Some guys need to play with playmakers to produce, he can self-produce. I think his engagement from Day One been great” External link

mlive Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought he came out and played great on Saturday (6-5 overtime loss at Philadelphia), he was one of our best players,” “Things are way better if he plays great hockey and things aren’t great if he doesn’t play great hockey, and some of the other stuff is out of your control. One of the things you have to do in any business is compartmentalize, put the business to one side and the hockey to another and make sure he’s playing great hockey” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 19, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he’s competed on a consistent basis,” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 19, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill told : “He’s been sent down twice, and I thought in both cases he got better,” External link

mlive Sunday, February 17, 2019 3:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Fil will play lots with us,” “We’re bringing him here to play. I think part of it, too, is to continue his development to be as good as he can be as we start camp next year. The same thing we said with Cholowski and I think sometimes different moves are important for development. It’s not always come up and play and it’s not always just send him down. I think in this case, it’s the right time for Fil to come up. Now he’s got to come up and play (well), that’s one important thing” External link

mlive Sunday, February 17, 2019 3:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There is no clear-cut person that played so poorly (in Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Ottawa) that we’re eager to take somebody out,” “We’ve won two games in a row. You add a player in, that usually means you could potentially be taking somebody out that hasn’t played poorly. You’re picking your 12 that you think is the best fit. Certainly, a hard decision. We’ve got a number of guys we’ll look at. But those are good, hard decisions to make” External link

mlive Friday, February 15, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Last time we played them I didn’t think we played very good at all,” External link

mlive Friday, February 15, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s got lots of hard miles on him,” External link

mlive Friday, February 15, 2019 4:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Filip Hronek ) : “I’m hoping he does what Filip Hronek has done and that’s go down and grow his game,” “When we sent Fil down at the beginning of the year, honestly coming into camp, we thought that was going to be Cholowski. (Cholowski) earned his way to that not happening. Fil went down and I think Fil really improved because of it and his development really showed, so we’re hoping that a similar thing will happen with Cholowski” External link

mlive Friday, February 15, 2019 8:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “As the year has gone along, he’s just been in a position where he’s racked up lots of minuses, both from a plus-minus standpoint and from a chances against,” External link

mlive Friday, February 15, 2019 8:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think one of the things Cholo has had to learn is how to continue to get better on the defensive side of the puck,” “It’s a hard league to outscore your mistakes. I think he has improved in certain areas. I talked to him about the biggest things probably being recognizing danger and having urgency in those situations. I think one of the best attributes he has is he’s calm. But like anybody in life, usually what you’re great at can be one of your weaknesses and one of his weaknesses is sometimes he can be too calm” External link

mlive Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’m happy with where he’s at as a prospect,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think that’s a legitimate topic for discussion,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think that step in growth in terms of consistently defending has been great,” “He’s been good at different times in his career. I thought it dipped a little bit the last couple of years. He looks stronger, his physical battles are harder. He knocks people around way more. I think he’s becoming an elite defender in the league, what I envisioned he would be, and I believe he is now” External link

mlive Thursday, February 7, 2019 4:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I always think there’s probably a little more production, but some of that comes with opportunity,” “He starts lots of zone starts in the D-zone, doesn’t play on our power play. It’s hard to get lots more production at that point. If Danny keeps giving it the next 30 games the way he’s given it in the games he’s played so far, we’re a real good team. In the future, we’ve got a real good defender on our hands” External link

mlive Thursday, February 7, 2019 4:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s got just great lateral skating from a defensive standpoint,” “You can put him out there against the other team’s best all the time and he can skate with anybody. He’s got good forward speed. There are great players on the ice every time, so you got to have people that can defend against them and still be able to do it offensively, and he does that” External link

mlive Thursday, February 7, 2019 4:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s also spent time on our fourth line and it’s hard to produce tons of offense when you’re doing that,” “He’s done an excellent job of buying into being a great penalty killer. He’s done an excellent job of saying, ‘I’ll do whatever it takes to help this team win.’ He’s really shown great leadership that way. Even when the production is not there, he’s helping us win” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 6, 2019 2:44:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Darren Helm ) : “When we had Helm there, I thought he did a real good job,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 6, 2019 2:44:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When guys are out, how much you miss them totally depends on the level of which the other guys that are in play,” “Andreas Athanasiou played center, doesn’t normally do that, did a real good job stepping into that role and played real well, played lots of minutes. I thought (Anthony) Mantha was excellent” External link

mlive Monday, February 4, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill told : “He’s a future Hall of Fame GM, one of the best of all-time,” External link

mlive Monday, February 4, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “a bit of an upper-body injury” External link

mlive Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Dennis has very good offensive ability,” External link

mlive Friday, February 1, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The No. 1 thing he’s got to do in my opinion is recognize danger,” “When you recognize danger, now it’s time to pull back a little bit” External link

mlive Friday, February 1, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He was in the middle of the slot, the puck got past him, he maybe forced a little bit, but he could have backed out and said, ‘I’m going to live another day. I’m going to take this two-on-two rush, we’re going to get the puck and we’re going to re-attack,’ ” “Instead he tried to make something out of nothing, which a lot of young players do. The maturation process of those young players is to learn to take what’s given” External link

mlive Friday, February 1, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s been thrown into the fire too many times and all the sudden you lose a little bit of confidence,” “I’m hoping those few games he sat out were great lessons for him and as I told him, play so good that you make sure it never happens again. Ultimately, the players dictate whether they play or don’t play” External link

mlive Friday, February 1, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We got to keep playing good hockey and results will follow,” “Keep your focus. That’s the one game that we have ahead of us and that’s it. Just trying to get better every single day as a group, as individuals. Have a short memory. Once that game’s over, you learn from it and move on” External link

mlive Friday, February 1, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Justin Abdelkader ) : “Bert’s playing real good hockey, so it’s unfortunate,” “I moved Abdelkader back up to that spot because I thought he had done a real good job there prior, so we’ll see if we make any further adjustments as we go along” External link

mlive Friday, February 1, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One thing that’s a learned thing is working through the months of January and February, when the schedule gets long and you don’t see tons of light at the end of the tunnel,” “It’s easy to play on opening night, it’s harder to be at your best through these parts of the year. Yet, the guys that are at their best every night are the elite players. The teams that are at their best every night are the elite teams” External link

mlive Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:03:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Scheduling is one of the most difficult things that the league has to do, but the fact you come back and play back-to-back is a really hard thing on the athlete,” “I worry about hips, groins, hamstrings, things like that, because you’re going from zero to 100. Everyone is in the same boat, so from a fairness standpoint, it’s 100 percent fair, there’s just certain unique challenges” External link

mlive Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:03:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One thing that’s a learned thing is working through the months of January and February, when the schedule gets long and you don’t see tons of light at the end of the tunnel,” “It’s easy to play on opening night, it’s harder to be at your best through these parts of the year. Yet, the guys that are at their best every night are the elite players. The teams that are at their best every night are the elite teams” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Scheduling is one of the most difficult things that the league has to do, but the fact you come back and play back-to-back is a really hard thing on the athlete,” “I worry about hips, groins, hamstrings, things like that, because you’re going from zero to 100. Everyone is in the same boat, so from a fairness standpoint, it’s 100 percent fair, there’s just certain unique challenges” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “His strengths are his ability to skate and close on people, he uses his skating as a defensive weapon,” “He’s done that on a pretty consistent basis. I thought he got away from it around the time we lost in Washington. He’s got back on track with it where he closes on people hard. I think he can close on people in the D-zone and eliminate, and he’s been a real good penalty killer. With injuries, opportunity has arisen, and I think he’s made the most out of that opportunity” External link

mlive Friday, January 18, 2019 3:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill added : “Nick is an excellent defender by the way that we want to defend, gapping through the neutral zone, closing on people in the D-zone. If you don’t create stalls, you spend the whole game in your end. He can create a stall because he’s strong and he’s tenacious. If you don’t gap and end plays early, you got to sort out odd-numbered situations, which is probably the No. 1 way teams score in the league. He can do that. He’s a real competitor. So, there’s lots of positives to Nick’s game” External link

mlive Friday, January 18, 2019 3:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “In the final deciding factor, we had three guys ahead of him on the power play,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 17, 2019 2:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think our process over the last number of games has been good,” “Our defense has been good. Our zone time has been good. Every defenseman has an argument of why they should stay in, but those are good problems. Having an opportunity to bring a guy who we think is night in and night out one of our top two D makes you better, and whoever comes out is not necessarily a reflection of poor play, it’s just a decision we have to make” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He hasn’t practiced with us yet,” “We were waiting for him to be pain-free and have full range of motion before he could skate and yesterday was the first day of that so then you start the process of getting him back ready. I can’t give you an exact date. Is it before the All-Star break? I don’t know the answer to that” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The way we played in the third, in terms of not giving much up at all, was excellent,” “That’s something we got to continue to be better at. We’ve been in spots where we’ve had leads and given them away. The fact that (the Wild) didn’t seem to get much going at all was a good thing for us” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s got a bit of a tweaked hamstring and it’s just a thing where we were trying to keep going with it and it just wasn’t recovering so we’ve held him off,” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Got to talk to our training staff, the doctors and then also make sure that he can take the puck and zip it into the net, he can take the puck and zip it out of our end, those types of things,” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It doesn’t matter if it’s home or on the road, we have to find ways to win games,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought he was playing great hockey this year,” “In a lot of ways, he was one of our best defensemen on a nightly basis. It doesn’t just add a good player, it can really slot other guys in good spots and cement your D corps” External link

mlive Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You never really talk about decisions until you have to make them, because you don’t know what the forecast is going to look like,” “Who knows what happens between now and then? As DK gets in, those are great decisions to have to make to have what are probably our top two D back in the lineup” External link

mlive Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought at the beginning of the year, the huge mistake we made was we started cheating in our (defensive zone),” “We got away from the process of playing good hockey. We got to make sure we focus on continuing to do it right, growing as a group and as individuals” External link

mlive Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think it comes from his daily approach in practice, it has been very good,” “I think his engagement and work ethic from Day One has been very good. When he does that on a consistent basis, he’s a real good player and I think that shows up in games. I think how you approach every day ultimately tells how you’re going to play, and I think he’s done a good job of that” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:31:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We gave away three easy goals,” “You give away three easy goals … we shoot ourselves in the foot. We got to work like dogs to get our goals and then you give away three easy ones. I thought we worked, I thought we were on the forecheck, I thought we did enough good things to win. We just can’t give away goals” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:31:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Ben Simon ) : "Ben Simon I know will have already sat down with him and said, ‘This is life. What are you going to do? Are you going to work? Are you going to keep getting better? Are you going to keep getting better at the little details? That tournament is over,'" External link

mlive Wednesday, January 9, 2019 1:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought the Dallas game was a big step for him, because he can be hard on himself,” “It was a bad game, no hiding from it, and he was able to have a very short memory and move on to the next game. That’s a very important attribute for an athlete. You certainly want to learn from it, you want to be self-accountable, but you can’t let it get you down, and he’s done a real good job” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 8, 2019 10:40:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think the growth process in him has been understanding that you can’t force it, it’s still got to come,” “You try to make plays, you do those things, but it still has to happen. You can’t make it happen necessarily. But I think he’s really grown in that area and that’s why we’ve had more success in the three-on-three this year. He’s played lots and he’s done a great job of managing it” External link

mlive Sunday, January 6, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I want to get Mantha back up to speed,” “We’ve got some different thoughts and one of them is to put him with (Nielsen and Vanek) in the sense that it gives him a real talented player for Thomas to make some of his offensive plays, too. It gives some speed on the line when Mantha’s really skating” External link

mlive Friday, January 4, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “They all play fast, they all have good north games,” “Part of it is it allows you to ease him into it. He’s real familiar with Glenny. Those two get along very well. They have good chemistry together on and off the ice. Hopefully, it can be a good line” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We did a puck-protection drill today,” “We need to hold onto it as much as we can. We need to play offense as much as we can without putting our D in real tough spots” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 2, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Filip Hronek ) : “In Cholo’s case, he’s a really good offensive defenseman that’s still learning how to play defense and you’d like to be able to shelter him a little bit and give him the right minutes at the right times, and we haven’t been in position to do that nearly as much as we’d like,” “I thought Filip Hronek came back with an excellent night (in Monday’s 4-3 shootout loss to Florida ) after a really, really tough night in Dallas (5-1 loss Saturday). Good for him that he was able to kind of let it go and move onto the next game” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 2, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he lets plays stay alive too long,” “On a goal against (Monday), he had a guy on the wall and instead of killing it with his stick, the guy was allowed to make a play. I think both with his body and his stick just from a defensive standpoint, learning how to kill plays earlier” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 2, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I plan on calling somebody up. It doesn’t mean that he’ll be in the lineup,” “I think we need to get a seventh guy up here. We’re looking at least a week before we have somebody else (return from injury). I’m not going to walk around with six D, something could happen” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 2, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think we’ve played a decent amount of good hockey and we don’t make enough plays, whether it’s defensive or offensive, to win the hockey game,” “We’ve been in tons of games that are close, and we got to find a way to win more games that are close” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “In the second, I thought we stopped talking, stopped moving our feet, stopped shoulder-checking, so we bogged ourselves down and all of a sudden we were in our end too much,” “When they scored, we didn’t play nearly as good. I thought we allowed the momentum to go the other way. We didn’t talk to each other, didn’t skate, threw the puck away and didn’t have the puck on our stick. We got to play with more confidence when we give up a goal” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "We deserved to lose, 100 percent," "They outplayed us, without question. They were faster than us all over the ice and I don't think they are faster than us, so that's the way we played. We have to be better than that" External link

upi Monday, December 31, 2018 8:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "I don't have any idea beyond that he couldn't play tonight," "Whether he'll have the chance to play tomorrow (in Toronto, Sunday). I would call him questionable" External link

fox13memphis Sunday, December 23, 2018 5:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "I don't have any idea beyond that he couldn't play tonight," "Whether he'll have the chance to play tomorrow (in Toronto, Sunday). I would call him questionable" External link

good4utah Sunday, December 23, 2018 6:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We got to find a way to grind through it,” “We got to find a way (Sunday) to put tons of pressure on Toronto and not let them come at us and not try to defend a whole bunch and try to play offense as much as we can and lay it out there” External link

mlive Sunday, December 23, 2018 2:56:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "I don't have any idea beyond that he couldn't play tonight," "Whether he'll have the chance to play tomorrow (in Toronto, Sunday). I would call him questionable" External link

kiro7 Sunday, December 23, 2018 2:46:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "I don't have any idea beyond that he couldn't play tonight," "Whether he'll have the chance to play tomorrow (in Toronto, Sunday). I would call him questionable" External link

wftv Sunday, December 23, 2018 2:04:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Michael Rasmussen ) : “I thought Michael was great tonight, actually,” External link

mlive Saturday, December 15, 2018 2:32:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Andreas Athanasiou ) : “The one hard thing about our power play is we don’t get very many of them, so then it’s hard to get any kind of rhythm,” “So, moving Larks into that bumper spot and moving (Andreas Athanasiou) to the half-wall spot, where it’s more run through him as opposed to running the other side and being a one-timer, we’re hoping to get some chemistry going” External link

mlive Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’ve been in a lot of games where there hasn’t been a whole lot called,” “Since the beginning of the year, when we were leading the league in power plays given up, we’ve been in lots of games after that where there hasn’t been much called either way. Do I sense it’s relaxing? I don’t know. I think every game takes a life of its own. I can’t say sit there and say a bunch of games they’ve missed lots of calls on either side. They generally do a real good job. Maybe it’s just the way the game has been” External link

mlive Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Hockey Association ) : “I’m very, very lucky that my three children, outside of an early heart surgery for my youngest, have been very healthy,” “I count my blessings every day. But it also gives you a great respect of what these families go through. Then what usually happens, you go there and they put a smile on your face and it’s a great reminder of what’s important in life. Hockey’s important, job’s important, all that stuff’s important but what’s real important is health and wellness and enjoying your family. Christmas, to me, has always been a super special time. It’s the only holiday that I really care a whole bunch about. I can’t imagine being in a hospital. So, if we can put a smile on their face, we will, but certainly they will to ours for sure. That’s the way it always works” External link

mlive Thursday, December 13, 2018 10:32:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t know if I’ve been in a 5-0 game when a goalie had as little chance as he had,” External link

taipeitimes Wednesday, December 12, 2018 7:41:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a hockey guy, he wants to know everything about everything,” “Doughty is a heck of player, one of the best in the league. Dylan made a real nice play, shows the continued growth in Dylan’s development that he’s got that kind of poise to finish that play off” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 11, 2018 2:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think opponents have to know that you’re going to stand up for yourself and your teammates,” External link

mlive Monday, December 10, 2018 9:29:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Matt Martin ) : “If it was (against) Matt Martin, I might have been yelling from the bench ‘No!’” “Anybody in life, you better prove you can’t get knocked around. Just like the bully on the playground. Sometimes you got to stick up for yourself or stick up for each other. If people think they can push us around, we’re not going to have much success this year” External link

mlive Monday, December 10, 2018 9:29:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We certainly have said this before and we suffered the consequences with Mantha being out, but if you have a team that doesn’t want to stick up for each other you have a bad team. They don’t care about each other,” “We got a team that cares about each other and wants to stick up for each other. Certainly, they care tons about Kronwall and saw kind of a cheap shot on him. Dylan stood up. Do I want Dylan Larkin fighting all the time? No. But he’s got to make those decisions on the ice. I want us to be a group that stands up for each other for sure” External link

mlive Sunday, December 9, 2018 2:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Niklas Kronwall ) : “He’s been excellent most of the year,” “This is certainly as physical as he’s been, more back to when I was an assistant here (in 2011-12), he would lay those Kronwall hits. We’ve talked about having a physical impact on games. He’s taken that to heart and done a great job. We’re going to continue to do it. He’ll be a big piece of that” External link

mlive Sunday, December 9, 2018 2:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think we’ve been way harder at the net,” External link

mlive Saturday, December 8, 2018 9:27:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Earlier in the year, guys’ shooting percentages were extraordinarily low, and I said it then and believed it, that’s not going to keep up,” “When you get chances, the guys that have scored in the league will score. But I would say just from a systematic standpoint, without question net presence has been a big part of it” External link

mlive Saturday, December 8, 2018 9:27:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One thing Gus and I have talked about is making sure he’s applying pressure on the forecheck,” “I think sometimes he wants to be a cerebral player. If you’re F-1 or F-2 (forwards down low), your job is not to be cerebral, it’s to create pressure so that the D or the F-3 (high forward) can get the turnover, and I think he’s done a better job of that. I think when he’s skating and aggressive on the forecheck, it allows them to have more O-zone time and then he can use his offensive ability” External link

mlive Friday, December 7, 2018 11:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Sacrifice, and that’s the only way you really win,” “Nothing says sacrifice more than blocked shots. When you’re willing to stand in front of shots like we were (Thursday) that means you got a team that’s committed to winning, and if you do that on a consistent basis, you’re going to win lots of games” External link

mlive Friday, December 7, 2018 11:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Tampa tends to buy a little more space and makes some underneath plays,” “Toronto has a heck of a north game. The biggest thing I think is we better do a good job pressuring them. If you don’t pressure, you give too much time up, so we got to make sure we do a good job pressuring without getting on the wrong side of people. We got to make them defend as much as we can” External link

mlive Thursday, December 6, 2018 9:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The thing about that group is you’ve either got Auston, you’ve got Tavares, you’ve got (Nazem) Kadri,” “So, any way you shake it, (Larkin) going to play against really good players. I’ll see what Babs wants as a match-up and decide if I want to really work hard to get away from it or if I’m OK with it. That’s kind of what you do on the road. I don’t ever want to get to a spot where our bench isn’t running smooth because we’re so worried about match-ups. That’s the fine line there. So, we’ll see how the game’s going” External link

mlive Thursday, December 6, 2018 9:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’ll see how the game goes for them,” “We’ll anticipate playing the players we have available to us, but we want to make sure we have enough healthy bodies and have an extra body in case something were to happen” External link

mlive Wednesday, December 5, 2018 10:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Filip Hronek ) : “With Filip, we would just focus on him getting better right now,” External link

mlive Wednesday, December 5, 2018 10:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re hoping and anticipating that he skates (Thursday) on his own and that would be seen as Step 1 of kind of getting back,” “Once he gets skating on his own, I’d probably say it would probably be 4-5 days after that before he’d be able to play, but that’s a total (guess)” External link

mlive Wednesday, December 5, 2018 10:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Once we got the two-goal lead it wasn’t like we were in command,” “They were pushing hard. You get a chance with six minutes to put it away (on the power play), and instead they score a shorthanded goal, so then it’s a ball game” External link

mlive Wednesday, December 5, 2018 2:52:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When you’re going to go on a breakaway you don’t dive, do you? No chance,” External link

mlive Wednesday, December 5, 2018 2:52:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "To see that goal go in was real good. We need the win," External link

kansascity Sunday, October 29, 2017 6:40:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "I think you can argue a very strong case that the intent wasn't there," External link

upi Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:46:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "They were hungrier than us all over the ice, outside of Zetterberg's line," "I thought Zetterberg's line had lots of compete in them, as a result they were the only ones to have any zone time. Maybe a player here and a player there, but as a group they outcompeted us. ... We should have known better than that. In the end it wasn't good enough" External link

azcentral Sunday, October 30, 2016 9:18:00 AM EAT



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Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “The problem with doing that is if we go 4-on-4 we don’t have him,” “But I wanted to put him out there with (Dylan Larkin) and (Filip) Zadina after the kill. It worked out with a nice goal” External link

clickondetroit Friday, April 16, 2021 3:49:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought they both did a good job,” “It’s not easy. They’re coming in, new systems, you’re not going to do everything perfect. Both of them compete hard. We can work through lots of mistakes if you compete hard” External link

mlive Friday, April 16, 2021 2:01:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “The problem with doing that is if we go 4-on-4 we don’t have him,” “But I wanted to put him out there with (Dylan Larkin) and (Filip) Zadina after the kill. It worked out with a nice goal” External link

ChinaPost Friday, April 16, 2021 6:57:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “The problem with doing that is if we go 4-on-4 we don’t have him,” “But I wanted to put him out there with (Dylan Larkin) and (Filip) Zadina after the kill. It worked out with a nice goal” External link

eagletribune Friday, April 16, 2021 6:29:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a big, strong guy who has ability,” “We talked all year long about having great depth of scoring and being able to use four lines and I think he gives us another guy. That depth is extremely important” External link

mlive Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We changed our approach a little bit in terms of what we do in our zone,” “It’s not a foolproof system, but our guys have done a good job with it. I also think our PK 1-3 forecheck has been better. We’ve had way better stands at the lines. We forced the puck out of the opponents’ hands and gotten clears. We’ve won face-offs and gotten clears. And when we haven’t, we’ve done a good job structurally making teams beat us and gotten good goaltending when we’ve needed it” External link

mlive Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If you look at his points through his pro career, they’re pretty impressive,” “He’s got high-end ability. There’s a reason he was drafted where he was (13th overall in 2014, two spots ahead of Dylan Larkin). In a lot of ways, he can fill similar roles to Anthony. Who he plays with we’ll fill that out as we go. Over the course of these 12 games, I hope he gets a chance to showcase his abilities, but he has to earn that ice time. You have to check well, work and compete at a high level, manage the puck well and produce offense while doing all those things” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 10:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He can be part of a core that’s going to hopefully build this organization to a better tomorrow,” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 10:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he was surprised; you get up from your pregame nap and you’re traded,” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 7:02:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Anthony Mantha ) : “Anthony played for me a long time,” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 7:02:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a great pro in a lot of different ways,” External link

mlive Monday, April 12, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I personally, in a normal year, wouldn’t schedule games on deadline day,” “Obviously, this year is really difficult because you can’t lose any days because of the compression of the schedule. With the stoppages (games postponed due to COVID protocol), I don’t think there was any choice this year but to play (on deadline day). I think they try to minimize games on Mondays anyway, and also on deadline day” External link

mlive Monday, April 12, 2021 6:31:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought whoever ended up trading for Johnny, if somebody did, they would get a real good addition,” External link

mlive Sunday, April 11, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Those are guys that have been regulars in our lineup all season long, two big guys that have been good players for us,” “It opens up opportunities potentially for a right shot. Guys are going to get chances to play that haven’t played much. Alex Biega and Dennis Cholowski did last night (in the 5-4 shootout victory at Carolina). Gustav Lindstrom is up with us right now, so there’s potential for him to play. Guys will get opportunities. What they do with that is up to them. Hopefully, they jump through that window of opportunity” External link

mlive Sunday, April 11, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I haven’t even discussed that with Steve (general manager Yzerman),” “We’ll see where everything is at with Joe. The most important thing is through the course of the season he’s developed, and if there’s opportunity for more development, I think that’s what’s critical for him” External link

mlive Sunday, April 11, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Shawn Horcoff ) : “My understanding is he’s done a good job (in Sweden),” “Talking with Shawn Horcoff (Red Wings director of player development) a number of times throughout the season, Shawn was pleased with his progress. I think it was a productive year for him” External link

mlive Sunday, April 11, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You can’t be careless because it is a penalty coming back the other way,” External link

clickondetroit Sunday, April 11, 2021 7:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s a huge difference in the game,” “They did score after, but without the successful challenge maybe that’s the winning goal for them instead of the tying goal” External link

clickondetroit Sunday, April 11, 2021 7:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You can’t be careless because it is a penalty coming back the other way,” External link

ChinaPost Sunday, April 11, 2021 6:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s a huge difference in the game,” “They did score after, but without the successful challenge maybe that’s the winning goal for them instead of the tying goal” External link

ChinaPost Sunday, April 11, 2021 6:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “What I want them focused on is trying to win a hockey game tonight and they’re going to (focus),” “But to think that other things don’t weigh on their minds would be false. They’re human. Those other things can be lots of things. They can be personal things going on in their own lives or in this case it can center around uncertainty of what our team will look like come Monday after the deadline” External link

mlive Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Patrik Nemeth ) : “We lost a good teammate in Patrik Nemeth,” “We all understand why, but he’s still a good friend and good teammate and guy that went to battle with us numerous times and was a great competitor for us. But we got to focus on what we can control and that’s trying to win a hockey game and playing our best personally” External link

mlive Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think uncertainty is a hard thing for humans to deal with,” “I don’t know that we’ve played particularly well over the last couple of years when we’ve gotten close to the trade deadline and I think part of that is the stress involved in it and the distraction involved in it. The thing I have to get through to our team is we have to focus. Let’s cherish every single game. Let’s not let this game slip by because there’s potential stress or distractions” External link

mlive Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "The more people that can get vaccinated, the better chance we can get to all living as closer to normal," External link

CBC Friday, April 9, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He practiced a couple days ago and felt pretty good through most of it, felt a twinge at the end,” “He was making progress. I think he thought it was going in the right direction. Originally, we thought it was a minor thing. As it’s gone, you try to work your way back, sometimes you have setbacks, and he had a setback” External link

mlive Friday, April 9, 2021 8:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He battled a little bit of a back issue most of the season that he never had in his career,” External link

mlive Friday, April 9, 2021 8:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Bobby Ryan ) : “When we talked to him in the summer he wanted to know if this was a group that had kind of thrown in the towel or if this was a group that really wanted to get better,” “When he talked to guys, he was pretty convinced this was a group that wanted to get better. That’s one of the reasons he’s liked it here. That doesn’t always manifest itself into great outings, but it is a group that cares, a group that wants to learn, grow, doesn’t want to be in this spot. Bobby has really appreciated that” External link

mlive Friday, April 9, 2021 8:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "The more people that can get vaccinated, the better chance we can get to all living as closer to normal," External link

foxnews Friday, April 9, 2021 12:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "The more people that can get vaccinated, the better chance we can get to all living as closer to normal," External link

CBC Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "The more people that can get vaccinated, the better chance we can get to all living as closer to normal," External link

startribune Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t know that it’s going to be anywhere near the trade deadline that you’ve seen in the past and I think our players understand that,” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 10:01:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s a terrible change. Terrible,” “We talk a lot about execution and discipline and tonight we had a too many men penalty on a power play and a terrible change that led to a goal. Those are inexcusable and totally avoidable” External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think over this stretch since Florida (on March 30), he’s been solid, and we’ve played solid defensively in front of him,” “Those two things usually go hand in hand” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s been through lots in his pro career, he knows how to handle it,” “That’s part of the advantage of having a guy like that. Obviously, everybody’s confidence is shaken at times but he’s able to stay with it and just work and he’s done that, and he’s put himself in a better spot” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re looking for guys that can step up and play and he’s right up there in goals for our team,” “He’s earned every bit of ice time he’s gotten this year. He hasn’t been given anything, so I rewarded him with three-on-three time. He had a look there that potentially could have went in” External link

mlive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s a terrible change. Terrible,” “We talk a lot about execution and discipline and tonight we had a too many men penalty on a power play and a terrible change that led to a goal. Those are inexcusable and totally avoidable” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, April 7, 2021 7:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I have empathy for anyone around the world who doesn’t have access to it and it’s beyond the NHL and bigger than the NHL,” “We feel fortunate that we have access to it” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Our medical department’s job, when it became available to us, is to let our players know it’s available, answer any questions they may have, encourage them to get as much information as possible,” “Different people have different opinions. We certainly respect that. This is still an individual choice. Those that decided it was the right thing for them, which I think ultimately will be a majority that decided it was the right thing for them, and those that didn’t, I respect that” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’m hopeful for Thursday on all three,” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The fact that he’s been out (on the ice) on a fairly consistent basis, he’s been making progress, so that’s a positive sign,” “From a timeline perspective, I can’t give you one until we get closer to where he’s practicing on a full-time basis. Certainly, it’s moving in the right direction” External link

mlive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Honestly, the past record, if (media) didn’t tell us we would have no idea,” External link

mlive Monday, April 5, 2021 1:31:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was as good a job as we’ve done all season of clogging up the neutral zone, especially in the second period,” External link

mlive Monday, April 5, 2021 1:31:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think we can still do a better job of limiting chances,” “It’s a game that was there to be had” External link

mlive Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Thomas looks like he’s on top of his game, looks like he did at the beginning of the season,” “He’s worked hard with (goalie coach) Jeff Salajko to kind of get his game back to the level that he’s been at different times in his career and different times this year” External link

mlive Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought Givani was real good,” External link

mlive Friday, April 2, 2021 1:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Some teams can not be at their best and win – for us to win when we’re not at our best, we have to be great defensively and manage the puck and not give up anything easily,” “Ultimately, it’s understanding when you can make a play and when you can’t, when you can attack and when you can live another day. When you’re a young, skilled forward you want to attack all the time, try to force things that aren’t there. Sometimes when the game is going the wrong way you try to attack more and it actually makes it worse, where sometimes you just have to stay patient” External link

mlive Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s some progress. Where that goes from here, I just don’t know,” External link

mlive Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was as bad as we’ve played defensively in a while,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Our guys love playing for him,” “He’s been a great teammate. We’ve seen how hard he’s worked in a situation where there was no light at the end of the tunnel. He was the third guy and he kept working hard” External link

mlive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:51:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “To separate yourself in the NHL with work ethic and competitiveness, you have to be extraordinary and it’s not easy to be extraordinary at anything,” “But when we commit to that, we can be a really good hockey team. I thought the last two games we competed and worked to an extraordinary level shift after shift after shift. It can be a separator in this league because it’s hard to be at your very best at anything in life every single day. If we can find a way to do that over and over again, we’re going to be a good team down the stretch” External link

mlive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:51:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You get slapped in the face like that you better respond,” External link

mlive Monday, March 29, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I really like our guys. I like the competitiveness, the self-accountability,” “They looked in the mirror after that game and came to practice Friday and practiced their tails off. They want to be a better team than our record is. They were embarrassed on Thursday and did an unbelievable job of responding” External link

mlive Monday, March 29, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One of the big things you have to do as a goalie is stop the ones you’re supposed to stop. He did that the whole weekend,” External link

mlive Monday, March 29, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Picks went to Europe (Austria) before the season and that allowed him to get some game time,” External link

mlive Sunday, March 28, 2021 2:57:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s got to find a way to shake it off, he has no choice. We have no choice,” “Has it been hard? Absolutely. Can it be defeating? Absolutely? Can it be frustrating? Absolutely. We’ve got to dig in as a team, he’s got to dig in as an individual and focus on what he can control, and that’s tomorrow (practice)” External link

mlive Friday, March 26, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We don’t score, I get it, but this is the result when you don’t check,” “If that game is 2-1, you’re giving yourself a chance to win, but giving up seven goals, you have zero chance. So, we better start by figuring out tomorrow how we’re going to check better” External link

mlive Friday, March 26, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Zero doubt in my mind that we’ve got a great group of officials who ref this game with integrity,” “It means tons to them. I’ve had heated conversations with different refs at different times and one thing I know for certain is they care about doing a great job. It’s their livelihood” External link

mlive Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:31:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’ll be a big part of his ability to stay in the lineup, how good he can run a power play,” External link

mlive Monday, March 22, 2021 9:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “They’re consistently one of the best teams in the league defensively, so they’re very hard to create against,” “Ultimately, we probably gave them opportunities. Those types of games you got to find a way not to beat yourself. You got to be OK with going out there and not much happening on your shift. … You have to take what’s given and find a way to make the D turn and get pucks deep. It’s something we’re still learning and trying to get better at” External link

mlive Sunday, March 21, 2021 1:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re trying to learn to be a good defensive team -- protecting critical ice, making sure we’re above people, making it hard to get to our net,” “Ultimately, if you do that, you’re in every game and you learn how to win those close games and become a good hockey team. Those teams are the ones that go on playoff runs, like they did to the Stanley Cup Final, because you have to be great defensively” External link

mlive Sunday, March 21, 2021 1:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s got to play to his strengths, be a great puck-mover, get us out of our zone fast, through the neutral zone fast, be a threat offensively on the rush and on the offensive blue line, a threat on the power play,” External link

mlive Saturday, March 20, 2021 1:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s played with more confidence and moxie down there on (the power play) and he needs to carry that into the NHL,” “Then it becomes, is he a solid power-play guy? Is he a great power-play guy? He’ll get a chance to show that” External link

mlive Saturday, March 20, 2021 1:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’d love to get him in a game where we don’t give up a whole lot of Grade A opportunities,” External link

mlive Saturday, March 20, 2021 12:55:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One of the conversations we had was for him to be an effective player he’s got to make sure he’s competitive, he’s in those battles and he’s winning those battles,” “He doesn’t have the biggest body, he’s not super-fast. He’s got to make up for those things with his competitiveness, and he’s done that on a pretty consistent basis. Ton of respect for the way he plays, ton of respect for how hard he goes to those areas. He knows that’s what allows him to be successful” External link

mlive Friday, March 19, 2021 1:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s not skating right now,” “That certainly doesn’t make him close at all. The first step is to skate over a longer period of time than what he’s done. He’s kind of gone in spurts of two or three days and then has kind of come off it. He’s a ways out” External link

mlive Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If there’s a significant risk to further injury by coming back we’ll never put a player back in the game,” External link

mlive Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “A number of games we played good hockey and didn’t have results to show for it and now we’re in a spot where we’ve played pretty good hockey and starting to see results,” “It’s important reinforcement for guys to keep their belief up. We’ve got lots of season left. Let’s continue to grow as a hockey team and continue to grow as individuals” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When we’re fairly healthy we’ve been a pretty solid team,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Bobby Ryan ) : “One of the reasons Svech goes back in is because there is a power-play spot there, so we’re hoping Svech can fill that,” “He is a threat to score. He’s got a really good shot. We’re hoping some of the things Bobby brings to the table, (Svechnikov) can bring” External link

mlive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The first one, he’s in a prime scoring area and chooses to go backhand saucer (pass) to a guy who’s on his forehand,” “You don’t get enough of those opportunities against really good teams to shoot from those areas. We have to shoot the puck. But he certainly wasn’t alone on that” External link

mlive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Today, it was definitely an issue. Yesterday in practice it was an issue,” External link

mlive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s been this for over a year-plus,” “That doesn’t mean he’s in a groove, this is who he is. I think the guys have tons of confidence in him, that he’s going to give us a chance to win the hockey game, which he did again tonight” External link

mlive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think the numbers say that, and on a team that hasn’t been a very good team, that has lost too many games,” “It’s not like we’ve played perfect defense in front of him. We’ve done a better job this year, but still he’s had to make a lot of prime-time type saves and he’s done a really good job of it” External link

mlive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The seven D are all guys I wanted in the lineup above whoever the next forward was,” “Ultimately, the way the lineup is now with the 11 forwards, everybody has a role, everybody is on a specialty team and the next guy going in probably is not on a specialty team, so then that person doesn’t play much. At that point, part of our strategy is to try to get more ice time to some of our other players and make that line that has two (forwards) a little more dangerous” External link

mlive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “As I said to the guys before practice (Saturday), scoring does matter, and when you score, you’re allowed to make mistakes, and when you don’t score, you can’t make any mistakes,” “The fact we’ve scored a little bit more in the last little bit gives confidence to everybody that maybe we can have a game where you get down early and can come back. We’d love to be a team that can score at that level. We also have to make sure we’re better defensively” External link

mlive Sunday, March 14, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s one of those guys that when he plays against big, strong, great defensemen, he can still create,” External link

mlive Friday, March 12, 2021 3:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Now that we’ve instituted the rapid tests on game days that’s been a real positive,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t think any of us take it for granted, but it’s easy in your day-to-day life to get used to things and all the sudden what we do for a living is shut down,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “At one point I said, ‘We’re going to enjoy the summer,’ and it was beautiful,” “The one positive of the whole thing is that I spent more time with my kids and more time with my wife than I normally get a chance to do, whether it was watching movies, shows or going on walks with my wife, which I’ve never really done much. Our family had grown closer because of the time we spent together” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought we played the way we have to play and the way we have played lots of times this year to be successful,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Crazy. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” “The refs made the decision to play through the horn, which probably was a good decision, otherwise we’d be stopping every 30 seconds” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Larks was going in that spot on the power play, so that’s going to diminish (Svechnikov’s) ice time,” “I like the combination of (Mathias) Brome with Ras (Michael Rasmussen) and Bobby (Ryan), so that’s the line we decided to go with. I thought Brome played his best game in a long time” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s great to take a step toward having more people in the building,” “If we can continue to take gradual steps to get more people in the building it’s a better game. Part of what makes sports special is the interaction with fans. The momentum that fans give is special. We’ve had to play in empty arenas, and if anyone says it’s the same, they’re lying. When fans are in the building it’s way better” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "It’s great to take a step toward having more people in the building," "Part of what makes sports special is the interaction with the fans, and playing in an empty building isn’t the same" External link

foxnews Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We had a couple days where we didn’t skate, one was completely off, except for (COVID) testing, and one just for a lift,” External link

mlive Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought that was evidently clear the last couple games,” “When he was up the first time, the processing wasn’t quite quick enough, making decisions with and without the puck. Since he’s been back, he’s played way quicker. I would attribute most of that to confidence. He probably put a lot of pressure on himself when he was up early. What happens sometimes when you get sent down is you just got to play, you got to go for it, you got nothing to lose. He certainly has had that attitude coming back up here” External link

mlive Monday, March 8, 2021 10:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Kris Draper ) : “Kris was one of the better face-offs guys probably in the history of the game,” “Had him look at Ras’ face-offs and Luke to work with him a little bit as well” External link

mlive Monday, March 8, 2021 10:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re still waiting on some health; that’ll dictate our lineup a bit,” “Svech is doing a good job. He works hard every shift. When he gets in there, he just has to keep doing a solid job” External link

mlive Monday, March 8, 2021 10:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Anytime you have an injury you’re always worried about the effects it has on somebody long-term, so we’ll see,” “Hopefully, it gets healed and he’s able to be 100 percent and not have it nagging at him over the course of time. But a lot of people as they go through their careers have nagging injuries. It doesn’t mean it keeps them from playing and being real productive” External link

mlive Sunday, March 7, 2021 10:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s one of our top couple forwards, so you’re missing a guy who does a lot of different things,” External link

mlive Sunday, March 7, 2021 10:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t anticipate one way or the other right now,” “He finished the practice today, so that’s a good sign” External link

mlive Sunday, March 7, 2021 10:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “They had gotten momentum from the goal in the second (by Martin Necas at 18:45) and pushed early in the third and that’s unfortunate, but your next shift you got to build back momentum,” “I think we’ve done a fairly good job of that” External link

mlive Friday, March 5, 2021 4:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was a calculated risk and I lost on the risk,” “We don’t score very easy and it was an advantageous situation for us with the icing. We ended up winning the face-off, but we got to do more with the puck there. It’s a calculated risk and when those decisions end up in your net then it looks like a bad decision” External link

mlive Friday, March 5, 2021 4:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Evgeny is an awesome person, one of the very best I’ve been around,” “I’m certainly aware of how much it would mean to him. I’m aware of how much his family means to him, how much his brother means to him, but in the end, I got to put the 20 out there I think are the best” External link

mlive Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:50:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Thomas Greiss ) : “I thought (Greiss) actually was good for a long stretch of the game,” “When you give up that many high-quality scoring chances, back-doors, you’re going to sink back in your net a little bit. He might have been frustrated, but it’ll be behind him and he’ll re-attack the next time he gets a chance to play” External link

mlive Monday, March 1, 2021 2:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a guy that takes up lots of minutes, certainly five-on-five has been a big factor for us,” “But it gives opportunity to other people. In the end, we have to win as a team. We’re not going to win as one individual or two individuals. We win as a team, and that means we need a whole bunch of guys playing at their best tonight. It’s incumbent upon them to make sure they’re ready to go and play at their 100 percent level” External link

mlive Sunday, February 28, 2021 4:23:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Without a doubt, scoring dirty is one of the ways that you can break out of slumps,” “They can’t all be pretty. If you look at the goals in the league, a lot of them are off chaos and are dirty-type goals. By dirty, I mean putting pucks to the cage, finding bounces” External link

mlive Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think on two-on-ones, lots of times the best play is a shot, and the best pass is a shot,” “Shoot it and get the rebound and score. Goalies are really good moving laterally, and if you make that pass, lots of times it’s going to be saved. Understanding the chaos that shooting creates is important. We’ll keep working at it” External link

mlive Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he’s been good defensively all year, it’s something he’s taken pride in as he’s matured as a player,” “Not to say he wasn’t as a young player, but I think he would tell you he’s learned through the years how important that is. He’s been a good model for our young players. That’s why he’s on the ice late in the game, because I trust him defensively” External link

mlive Friday, February 26, 2021 3:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t want to speak past today,” “Right now, he’s on the taxi squad, he was in Grand Rapids to get started. We’ve kind of cycled guys on and off the taxi squad. That gives us the ability to have guys here in case we need them and also to get them games. We’ll see what tomorrow brings, but that’s how we’re dealing with it right now” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s got to continue to be healthy; it’s been a hard thing for him,” “When he gets his opportunity, he’s got to show he’s a guy that can help our NHL team win. If he does that, whether it’s here or down there, then he’ll get more opportunity” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There’s a number of guys in the league that are like that,” “If he can find a way to bring that energy and physicality, because he is a big man, he can bring the energy. He wants to play hard and provide some scoring touch. When he gets opportunity, he’s got to demand he gets more opportunity” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Like our team, he’s ebbed and flowed, certainly has not had the production that we want him to have or that he wants to have, but I think if he keeps getting shots, in time it will even out closer to what that shooting percentage evens out,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “For Dylan to be the type of player he wants to be, which is considered a high-end player in this league, he’s got to be a great defender,” “He’s going to defend different than some other guys that are considered (great) in the league, He’s going to be a little bit different than a guy like (Boston’s Patrice) Bergeron, but he can do it with his tenacity and his legs, as long as he makes sure he stays on the D-side of people at all times. If he does that, he’s really hard to play against because nobody can outskate him and he’s real strong on the puck” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he’s been every bit as good as last year,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That doesn’t mean you run around cross-checking guys, it means you’re winning all those little battles,” “He wins tons of stick battles, finds ways to get stick on puck. He’s got to keep cleaning up mistakes. He’s a pretty good all-around defenseman when he’s on his game. He’s got poise with the puck and doing a good job moving the puck” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There were moments where I thought it was building closer to him coming back and right now, it’s not in the near future,” “Until we get him back skating with us, it’s hard to give a timeline. Once he gets back skating with us, he’s still a little ways away” External link

mlive Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think we got decent net presence,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Danny DeKeyser ) : “As he gets challenged more and more, we’ll get to see how his body is responding,” “If we think his body is responding to a point where it puts him in our top six, then he’ll play. If it’s something where he’s still not close to 100 percent and there’s six guys ahead of him, then we’ll do what we did for a bit (sit him) and he’ll keep trying to get stronger with it. When Danny is healthy, he’s one of our best defensemen, but he’s not 100 percent right now” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:52:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We felt if we stayed with him, he would produce eventually because I think he’s done it the right way,” “He skates hard, does a really good job of playing from the right side of the puck. He checks well. He’s does a good job of being on the puck” External link

mlive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:00:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Bromes has had a lot of opportunities to score and some look like they should have went in and they didn’t,” “Hopefully, it takes some weight off Bromes’ shoulder and he can continue to score” External link

mlive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:00:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “With DK, it’s really hard to know where a player is at with the limited practice we have,” “I said to DK that we’re not going to just let him sit out there, we’re going to continue to monitor his progress, but it’s hard to monitor that progress because you don’t get live action. I thought going seven D gave us a chance to monitor his progress and he did a pretty good job. DK is a really smart player and when he’s at his best he’s almost a human eraser, makes up for a lot of mistakes” External link

mlive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:00:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought Helmer was our best player (Friday),” “Every line we put him on, he seemed to help the line with his energy. He wins a lot of pucks for them, he’s a good forechecker and he’s at the net a ton. I thought Helmer earned that spot on the line and did a real good job” External link

mlive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:00:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We were terrible tonight, didn’t play good tonight, I don’t have any words for it at all,” “With all due respect to everybody, that’s all I’m going to answer” External link

mlive Saturday, February 20, 2021 2:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He was an unreal man. He made it fun to be around the rink,” “I’ve known him for 10-plus years, he was here for 20-plus years. He was one of the best people I’ve ever been around, one of the kindest, cared, had an unreal outlook on life. My heart goes out to his family and certainly to … so many people around here that loved him, including myself” External link

mlive Saturday, February 20, 2021 6:55:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think it’s critical that we stick with it, continue to be a hard team to play against, continue to be good defensively,” External link

mlive Friday, February 19, 2021 8:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Guys have to understand that the way they’re helping the team is a lot of times well beyond producing points,” “We reward points in pretty much everything we do in a lot of ways in hockey and probably don’t always reward winning enough. Certainly, we have to produce a little more, but we don’t have to produce a whole bunch more if you really look at it. We need to flip a goal a game” External link

mlive Friday, February 19, 2021 8:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He probably got hit the hardest of the guys who had COVID and had the longest to recover and get his legs underneath him,” “Since the second Tampa game, he’s competed really hard and played really well. When he competes really rally hard, he used his skill-set. He’s a (smaller) guy, but when he competes that hard, he makes up for it” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:08:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He seems to be more dynamic as a skater at center,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:08:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “An important part of the growth of these young players is playing,” “A lot of raw ability, a lot I like about him. I like him as a person, I like him as a big, big body who can add a physical element. I like his hands. But he has a lot to learn. The NHL is not a league to learn in. That’s what the American League is for, so he’s going to go back down and play in numerous situations” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:08:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We got to get the second point, got to find ways to win these games,” “We’ve done a good job of playing pretty good hockey and putting ourselves in a position to win. We’ve moved in the right direction in terms of how we play. We understand what we need to do to be successful, and now we got to find a way to win these games” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Danny DeKeyser ) : “I think Danny is making progress from a strength standpoint,” “I think he’s making progress in getting a little more power out of his leg and hopefully he can get closer to 100 percent where he can be the type of player he has been throughout his NHL career. Right now, he’s playing at way less than 100 percent, practicing at way less than 100 percent. We’re just hoping to get him fully healed here and the sooner the better” External link

mlive Monday, February 15, 2021 8:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The good thing for us is he’s making progress,” External link

mlive Monday, February 15, 2021 8:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He hasn’t practiced with our team yet but he’s progressing,” External link

mlive Monday, February 15, 2021 8:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Danny is recovering from a major surgery that is taking longer than any of us want, most importantly him,” External link

mlive Sunday, February 14, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He did a really good job in camp and in those first six games of going out and giving everything he had given the fact he’s still not fully close to being recovered,” External link

mlive Sunday, February 14, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We went into the season thinking we could have a really good one-two punch and that’s what we need,” “When you have to play every night in this league it gets really difficult, and if you slip at all with a team that hasn’t scored very much then it gets really, really hard. To be able to go back and forth a little bit with these guys is what our plan was and what our plan will be moving forward” External link

mlive Sunday, February 14, 2021 7:08:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Swedish ) : “I like Mathias, he tries to do it right,” “The NHL is hard. It’s hard to produce offense, it’s hard when you’re not big or super-fast. But I think he’s gotten chances, and with chances I think he’ll eventually score. My understanding is he started the Swedish Hockey League a similar (way), where he went a number of games without scoring, and all the sudden he popped a bunch. We’re hoping he starts to gain that confidence. But I like him, he tries to do the right things and he plays hard” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That puck got caught up on the yellow (base along the boards) a little bit when I looked at it again,” “I’m not sure if it hit snow or what. It was a little bit unfortunate. Certainly, you got to make a play on that puck, but he’s not a careless player at all” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Jordan Staal ) : “We feel like if he can become a center that can shut the other team’s better players down, similar to what Jordan Staal does – that’s a mouthful to ask – but if he can become that kind of model, that’s a huge asset,” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “At some point, they have to turn potential into reality,” “At some point you have to show what you have because at some point you stop talking about potential, you start saying, ‘What are you doing for me today? They both have to be huge impact players in the American League before we can really expect them to help us win here” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he has the potential to be physical, hard around the net,” “He just needs to keep working on his wall play and his management of the puck. He’s got to be a super-simple player, efficient, get pucks behind people, get it to his linemates and go to the net front. That’s what’s going to make him successful. He’s got to find ways to be extremely reliable” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Danny is available to play. Right now, it’s a coach’s decision,” “But it’s not like we have a 100 percent Danny DeKeyser. He’s recovering from the surgery” External link

mlive Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought he was really good – I actually thought he was excellent,” External link

mlive Friday, February 12, 2021 2:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s a bad recipe for a power play when you didn’t win any face-offs and you couldn’t get in the zone,” “We used a number of different looks. As I left the bench, I said to myself, ‘We got to find a way to be good on one breakout.’ We haven’t been good on any of them. We got to get to where we’re good at one or two breakouts” External link

mlive Friday, February 12, 2021 2:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “This is the group that we’ve got, and we got to find a way to be better at it,” “We got to be better on our entries and our face-offs. If you can’t do that, you have no chance to have a power play. We barely had it set up because of that” External link

mlive Friday, February 12, 2021 2:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Being really good in the neutral zone, being good in your D-zone, and you end up getting chances because you’re on the right side of pucks and you’re creating turnovers and you’re transitioning, or you get to play in the O-zone,” “We’ve done a pretty good job of refusing to lose our way and sticking with it and understanding this is the way we’re going to be successful and we’re going to stick with it no matter what” External link

mlive Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:13:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There isn’t a whole lot of difference in terms of schemes around the league and I don’t know that there has been in the last 20 years in terms of what power plays look like,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:13:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Anthony Mantha ) : “Ultimately, when Anthony skates he’s a great player and when he doesn’t skate, he’s not as good, so just got to make sure as a player that he’s continuing to bend those knees and move his feet,” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I would just say that I talk to Steve on a regular basis pretty much every day about a lot of things, including our lineup and players,” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought it was a clean hit,” “I think Glenny thought it was a clean hit” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We had an extremely high compete level the other day and I think we had it on a good number of nights, but that’s two in a row where our compete level was real high,” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “This is a team that plays really fast, they get behind you, and I thought we did a way better job at clogging up the neutral zone,” “I would say both in our effort Friday (3-1 loss at Tampa Bay) and our effort today we were way better in the neutral zone creating turnovers and understanding how important that is. It’s something we’ve worked on the last couple practices and I think that’s been a big difference in our game” External link

mlive Monday, February 8, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’ve been a pretty good O-zone team all year,” “We just got to make sure we clog up the neutral zone and we get through the neutral zone ourselves, get pucks in behind, make (defensemen) turn and create turnovers and play in the O-zone” External link

mlive Monday, February 8, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Anthony Mantha ) : “I just made a decision to go with the group I went with and any conversations I have with Anthony are private, between Anthony and I, and I’m not really going to comment further on it,” External link

mlive Monday, February 8, 2021 2:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I just talked to Luke; he seemed like he was in a good spot,” “We’ll see where he’s at for Tuesday’s game” External link

mlive Monday, February 8, 2021 2:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We got to keep working to find ways to score the dirty goals, to score goals with traffic,” “We’re getting to those areas. We got to keep getting shots through. We just got to keep grinding at it. It’s not going to be easy, but I think the bigger focus is making sure we’re playing the right way” External link

mlive Saturday, February 6, 2021 2:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’m not worried about Greisser at all,” External link

mlive Friday, February 5, 2021 9:24:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He started off playing real good, he just didn’t get much offensive support,” External link

mlive Friday, February 5, 2021 9:24:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "We played Carolina, who had guys that ultimately played with Covid," External link

buffalonews Friday, February 5, 2021 5:31:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s just the reality of testing being delayed. … It’s really hard to avoid (contracting it),” External link

mlive Friday, February 5, 2021 12:53:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “As you saw (Wednesday), your first game back is not easy,” “It will take Filip some time to get going at a full speed. It’s just a situation we’re in where guys got to get back to full speed as fast as they can. He appears to be feeling good, so hopefully he can hit the ground running” External link

mlive Friday, February 5, 2021 12:53:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think DK is a great player and we need DK to be playing at 100 percent and he’s not,” “He’s been playing on one leg most of the year and in the end, we made the decision to go with guys we thought gave us our best chance to win. It’s not a knock on DK. He’s trying to recover. It’s been a hard year for him. He’s trying to get that strength back and it’s not coming back as fast as he wants, or we want. We’ll keep taking it day by day. I didn’t give him a timeline” External link

mlive Thursday, February 4, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “This, to me, a very normal course of development for him,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “What Dennis needs to do is be an elite power-play guy,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Nikita Kucherov ) : “They’re missing (Nikita Kucherov, out for the season due to a hip injury), which is a huge miss, but it’s also allowed them to not trade other players and that keeps their roster real deep,” “They’ve got lines that can beat you in a lot of different ways. They have high-end talent up front” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The anticipation of having other guys back gives you some energy, some confidence moving forward knowing other guys are going to get inserted into the lineup,” “Still got to go out and execute. We have to make sure we temper our expectations of the guys coming back. We can’t expect them to shoulder too much of the load because they’ve been off for a while” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Vladislav Namestnikov ) : “He’s just getting back into it, so rather than throw him back at center, let’s put him on the wing a little bit,” “I think (Vladislav Namestnikov) has done a good job at center, too, so this gives us a chance to get him going. (Tyler Bertuzzi) is out, so it gives us a winger to play with Larks in that spot” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We out-chanced them and didn’t win. That’s disappointing,” “I thought given the circumstances, back-to-back and (Tyler Bertuzzi, day-to-day with an upper-body injury) out and not everybody 100 percent, we played really hard. We played good enough to win but we have to find a way to win these close games” External link

mlive Monday, February 1, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’re trying to build things here; nothing great happens with a giant leap, it happens in small steps,” “My job is to make sure we’re taking steps in the right direction and we’re not taking any shortcuts to try to win short-term. We want to win long-term. So, we’ll keep focusing on making sure our individuals are getting better and we’re getting better as a group” External link

mlive Monday, February 1, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Ras tried to be physical, trying to bring that element to his game,” “He’s been told by everybody in the organization it’s an important part of what he can bring to the table. He caught the guy kind of as he’s turning and took a penalty” External link

mlive Monday, February 1, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Gio has done a solid job,” “He’s very good when he gets in the offensive zone, both on the forecheck and certainly in the O-zone. He’s really strong on the puck and knows how to get to the net. He does a pretty good job of using his body and is a bit of an agitator. He’ll provide some energy” External link

mlive Monday, February 1, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "This is going to be a great challenge on Wednesday against the Stanley Cup champions, but we sat for 11 months," "We’re excited about these challenges" External link

foxnews Monday, February 1, 2021 5:27:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Obviously, our power play hasn’t been good enough,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 31, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think Taro Hirose is a fairly natural fit as a half-wall guy; he’s probably got the most poise,” “It might not be the last time we make that decision as guys come back. If we don’t get it done, somebody’s got to come off. It doesn’t really matter your name; it matters who’s going to execute. At the end the day, I made a decision those guys were not going to be on it and somebody else was going to be on it. We’ll see what tomorrow brings” External link

mlive Sunday, January 31, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think he’s working hard, he’s trying to get his game going,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 31, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If there’s somebody else who can do a better job, we have to keep looking,” “We have to find a way. Those guys have to pick their games up or somebody else has to do the job. We’ll have some guys coming back, but it’s not through the weekend” External link

mlive Saturday, January 30, 2021 1:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If we can be in a lot of games that are 1-1 late in the game, it’s a good spot for us,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Just more puck execution so we stay in the zone longer, that would be No. 1 by a country mile,” “Lots of times we’ve given the puck away, not really trying to make plays, just poor puck management, both on our entries and in the zone, so then you’re not in the zone long enough. The more you’re in the zone, the more tired the (penalty killers) get and the less they think clearly” External link

mlive Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Our execution still needs to be way better, and a number of players still need to be way better,” “While it was good we were better defensively, I still think there’s way more from more people” External link

mlive Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t think it’s going to be anything that’s going to force him to miss the game, but we’ll see,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought that was Vladdy’s best game,” “Maybe scoring a goal is a weight off his shoulders. He’s somebody who feels he’s hard on himself at times. We talked about just playing and not worrying about points and goals, but when you’re a forward you worry about that stuff, so it was good for him to get it” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “They did a good job overall and probably deserved more minutes, so it’s something we’re going to have to look at,” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think everything is related, any of the actions that have happened throughout the season, and then we make decisions as we’re in games, as to who to put out there,” “But to shoulder it on one person would not be fair. Our whole team has got to be better” External link

mlive Monday, January 25, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We weren’t much of a physical factor in the game and I thought in the first four games we were much better than that,” “That to me is an indicator of your compete level and your sacrifice level” External link

mlive Monday, January 25, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “With the exception of living in a bubble, you can get COVID,” “I’ve seen people who have gotten it who took unbelievable precautions. When you’re playing a sport, you can contract COVID from each other in those situations. Most of us go grocery shopping. My kids go to school, they wear masks all the time. That’s the reality, there’s risks. We have to take as many precautions as possible so we can prevent the spread as much as we can so we can prevent any contact tracing and quarantines as much as possible. There’s no easy solution” External link

mlive Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We’ve done it after Christmas at times but that’s different,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’m a big believer in putting onus on individuals to make sure they’re responsible,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “First in our franchise history at anything is pretty awesome,” “So it’s a great start for him. What’s impressed me most is who he is as a person ... when I talked to him this summer -- I talked to Steve Yzerman after I had spoken to Bobby and before we signed him, and I told Steve regardless of if he signs with us or not I’m really happy for Bobby, he’s in a great spot” External link

clickondetroit Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:13:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think the fresh faces have helped calm our bench down a little bit,” “We don’t seem to be nearly as excitable as we’ve been. Some of that is growth in guys that have returned, fresh faces not necessarily wearing the previous years’ losses or struggles. We try to be as even-keel as we can, and our guys do a good job of that. Nothing has bothered us so far, we just kept playing” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I generally wait until guys get to us and then I make my own decision what I think of guys,” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There’s some concern because it’s not easy if you’re not in the zone a long time,” “It all depends on if you can stay in the zone or are constantly going back on breakouts. I really like him on the flank, where he’s been at the beginning of the year. He’s certainly a solid guy up top, too. Just trying to get him out there as much as we can” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:53:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought Ras had a really good scrimmage, did a decent job through camp, and then it was a decision on who to put at center and where everybody slots in on the lines,” “Ras has played center throughout camp. Ultimately, Vladdy Namestnikov is going to play some center, but he hadn’t practiced center at all and didn’t feel super-comfortable jumping in on late notice. We’ll see how the lineup looks tomorrow” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:53:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Then it’s a matter of practicing and getting him ready and getting a look at him, too,” External link

mlive Monday, January 18, 2021 2:40:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "We were deeper as a team," "We had four lines going pretty hard. Not everybody gets as much ice time as they'd like, but all four lines were going and all six defensemen went well. Ultimately, we'll have to win that way" External link

wsau Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He has to continue to find ways to win those puck battles and using his body and his tenacity to win them,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s the level of compete that you need in order to have a chance to win in this league every night,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Bobby Ryan ) : “We had four lines going hard, and all six (defensemen) went well,” “Bobby can help us with our depth scoring. That’s a goal-scorer’s goal; he doesn’t get it and stick-handle, he gets it and fires it at the net. If you shoot off the pass you have a way better chance at scoring” External link

mlive Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill added : “Protocol states that after your quarantine period is up you have to for sure have 14 days of rigorous exercise” External link

mlive Saturday, January 16, 2021 8:24:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He was hard on pucks, he dug in well,” “The line (with Valtteri Filppula and Sam Gagner) played fairly well, had a few chances” External link

mlive Friday, January 15, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You still have matchups and matchups matter enough, especially getting the right defense pair out against highly skilled forwards,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “In order to lead people, you have to have respect of those you’re leading and there is zero doubt that Dylan has the respect of every person in that room -- players, coaches, staff -- because of his work ethic,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Year 1, lots went right for him early,” “Year 2 was a hard year for him, his least productive year. Some of that was habits he had to change. Even in those moments, you could tell he was reflecting on it after the conversations. He didn’t always necessarily agree, but he understood where I was coming from was to help him” External link

mlive Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought that line right off the bat was really good,” External link

mlive Monday, January 11, 2021 6:29:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Over his time in the NHL, and he’s told me this, he is really focused on being a good two-way player and not just relying on offense,” External link

mlive Monday, January 11, 2021 6:29:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’d like to get both of them going at a high level,” “If one guy really outplays the other guy then we’ll make that decision at the time. I’m not necessarily going to back myself into a corner in terms of the exact set schedule, but I think both will get a good chance in the early part of the season to get going” External link

mlive Monday, January 11, 2021 6:29:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think his impact on the game and impact in practice has been positive,” “He works real hard. He’s a little quicker than I realized. He seems to be smart. He’s been good on the penalty kill, good on the power play and he’s been good five-on-five” External link

mlive Sunday, January 10, 2021 1:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a big, strong man,” “He’s hard in front of the net, he’s hard in the corners, which helps create stalls, so you can get out of your end. He’s understood what he is and plays within himself really well” External link

mlive Sunday, January 10, 2021 1:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Jon Merrill ) : “I think Jon is pretty good at everything. He’s not necessarily one of those guys where one attribute stands out,” “Pass the puck out of your own end, shut people down, play on the penalty kill, maybe play on the power play, he’s got potential to do a lot of different things” External link

mlive Sunday, January 10, 2021 1:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The longer you miss, the more (practice) time you’d need,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 10, 2021 12:17:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He really gives us a chance to have a No. 2 center, a guy that can play in the top six at the center position, and I think he’s excited about it,” “If he plays really well at center, he’ll stay at center. If he doesn’t, then we’ll try to make him a great winger. But right now, our focus is helping him get super-comfortable at center before the year starts and then going out and playing” External link

mlive Thursday, January 7, 2021 11:24:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You can have good skill-set, but if your impact on the game is negligible then it doesn’t really help,” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’ve said this a lot, we have to get more out of more people. To add scoring from different people is huge,” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s harder to replicate some of the situations they see in practice, seeing through maybe as many as eight bodies at times,” “So, the scrimmage, if it was beneficial for anybody today it was probably most beneficial for the goalies. They have to get in their routine, go through three periods and keep their focus. The traffic is hard to replicate to that level” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought the first four practices were really intense and we played at a high level. I wasn’t as pleased today with that part of it,” “There’s a fine line between the level of intensity in practice. I don’t want to start Game 1 with half a lineup because we lost guys in practices and scrimmages. But I also know that come Game 1, things are going to happen fast and they’re going to hit us hard and we’re going to have to be ready for that. So, you have to try to have that balance” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Physicality-wise, we certainly want to come out of the scrimmage with a couple things -- getting game-ready without any injuries, and the bigger part would be stopping on people, stopping on pucks,” “When you play in the summer, you kind of just float by. When you’re in real hockey you’re stopping all the time” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 5, 2021 2:34:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He missed some hockey last year but had a good year in terms of growth,” External link

mlive Monday, January 4, 2021 1:12:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think one the growths in his game has been learning how to play off other people and not try to just get the puck and carry it into those scoring areas,” External link

mlive Monday, January 4, 2021 1:12:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s been one of our top D over the last number of years,” “He can eat minutes, play against the other team’s best players, break you out of your zone so you have the puck way more, so you don’t have to defend nearly as much. He can add offense by jumping in the play on the rush” External link

mlive Friday, January 1, 2021 11:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We have a whole bunch of fresh faces, so we have to make sure we value practices,” “We’re going to have internal scrimmages and we’re going to place great valuation on those in order to make decisions on who’s earning power-play time, PK time, five-on-five ice time, who’s earning spots on the team. And we also have to make sure our group is ready” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:05:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The group of guys that have skated together here in Detroit feel like they’re in great shape (but) you can’t replicate actual games,” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:05:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think the best defensemen are the ones who are the most efficient, who make good, solid plays without making a lot of mistakes,” “I think we have guys that’ll give us a chance to be a better D corps” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:05:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Certainly, I’m very aware of what our record’s been and it hasn’t, from a wins and losses standpoint, been nearly good enough,” “There are no quick fixes here. I’ve committed to our group that we’re not taking any shortcuts. We’re going to try build this the right way and I’m committed to that” External link

mlive Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:05:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill wrote : “Jamie had a warmth that invited you into a conversation with a friend rather than an interview with a reporter,” “Jamie’s kindness always showed, even when asking tough question, I always knew it was never personal and never about him. Jamie wanted to report on the story, never be the story. Jamie’s civility and integrity was always present. We need more of that today” External link

usaToday Monday, August 3, 2020 9:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Filip Zadina had an opportunity to come in and play pretty good minutes,” “Until he got hurt, I thought he was doing a good job. I think he was starting to take steps in the right direction. He looked more confident, more dangerous as an offensive player. I think he does a pretty good job of defensive responsibility, but I wanted to see a more dangerous offensive player and I think as the year went on, we saw that, without taking unneeded risk” External link

mlive Friday, June 12, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Hockey is played at an incredible pace, it’s a chaotic game, there’s lot of things going on around you,” External link

mlive Friday, May 29, 2020 5:50:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think it’s making sure we keep our identity. When you don’t win enough, sometimes you try different ways in your approach where you can win. In the end, a lot of times, that is a mistake. What this break has done for me is I’ve had an opportunity to self-reflect and get back to the foundational things that have allowed me to have success. We want to make sure we stay with the things that are important to me as a coach, and I want to make sure we stay with the foundational items that will allow us to have success,” External link

woodtv Saturday, May 2, 2020 2:36:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Obviously it’s been a hard season,” “There have been hard things to go through. There have been days when the frustration was higher than normal. If you stay tough, you can learn a ton. In these hard times, you come out better than you came into them. I believe that’s true in life and true in sports. And as hard as it’s been and as hard as it’s been to grind through. I know we’ve grown as individuals and as a group” External link

clickondetroit Friday, May 1, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Obviously it’s been a hard season,” “There have been hard things to go through. There have been days when the frustration was higher than normal. If you stay tough, you can learn a ton. In these hard times, you come out better than you came into them. I believe that’s true in life and true in sports. And as hard as it’s been and as hard as it’s been to grind through. I know we’ve grown as individuals and as a group” External link

clickondetroit Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:41:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We have separate spaces although they’re somewhat close to each other, but we’re never there on the same days,” External link

mlive Friday, March 20, 2020 9:02:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It looked like he was closer to coming back, and then he suffered a little bit of a different injury in a setback,” “I think everybody involved -- him, our management team, our coaches -- wants to see him play as many games as possible before the end of the year. We’re hoping he can get back sooner than later. How much it hurts him is probably up to him, but it doesn’t help him. But he’s got to make sure he comes back mentally tough and ready to play great hockey when he gets back” External link

mlive Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’ll go through physical therapy,” “If he can go on the ice tomorrow, he’ll go on the ice tomorrow and we’ll go from there” External link

mlive Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was really unfortunate the timing of the injury because he was playing good hockey,” “I think he was gaining confidence at the NHL level. I think he was learning the tricks that he’s going to need to learn to be successful. And then he got hurt” External link

mlive Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “When there’s nobody in the building, there’s zero atmosphere and practice is usually dull, so we choose to practice on the practice rink because it’s a tighter area and you feel like there’s more action,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Obviously, it’s been a contagious virus,” “Again, where does it go? Does it become less deadly? More deadly? Nobody knows those things. It just becomes a real difficult thing to balance in your own personal life, and certainly when we’re in this situation where we travel to different spots in the country. We’re all in uncharted territories. At the end of the day, you have to abide by whatever decisions are made” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Guys got to bear down and make way better plays,” “We get a little bit careless, get a little bored with simple at times. We want to make the plays that aren’t there. It wasn’t necessarily the case tonight, but I think you got to make sure you’re digging in and valuing each puck a little bit more than we are” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If you want to have penalty kills, you have to block shots,” “We have to re-evaluate and make sure that the guys that are out there are willing to block shots. If not, we’ll just put somebody else out there” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Петр Мразек ) : “Pete has done that since I coached him; he gets in the way of guys,” “I didn’t think it was a big deal. He’s still in his blue paint, so I guess when you go in the blue paint and hit the goalie, you’re probably going to get a penalty. He only hits him because Petr moves into it. Petr knows that. All he’s doing is trying to create interference. Fabbs was upset because he got interfered with on the way in the zone originally and they didn’t want to call it. He’s got to avoid the contact” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think they’ve shown they have chemistry and at times it’s been great this year; at times it hasn’t been good enough,” External link

mlive Monday, March 9, 2020 6:10:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “If you have a line that’s kind of a definitive No. 1 line, which we do, and they get lots of opportunity, they have to produce at both ends of the rink,” “You have to make sure you’re creating more chances than you’re giving up, you’re scoring more than you’re giving up” External link

mlive Monday, March 9, 2020 6:10:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think everything went pretty good with the doctor last night and now it’s ramping him up back into game shape, with the exception of you don’t know how increased soreness is going to happen as he’s getting back closer to full speed,” “But we got to get him going full speed” External link

mlive Saturday, March 7, 2020 11:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s always hard in the NHL to get guys back going because rarely do you practice consistently in a row,” “We’ll take it day by day” External link

mlive Saturday, March 7, 2020 11:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Dave Coulier and I have become friends over the last number of years, and I see his prowess on the softball field at Joe Kocur’s event,” External link

mlive Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Dylan Larkin ) : “I thought him and Dylan (Larkin) played really well together, I thought the line played well (with Tyler Bertuzzi),” “So, I’m hoping they can create some of the chemistry that they’ve shown at different times, either at the end of last year or the beginning of this year and build towards a better tomorrow” External link

mlive Friday, March 6, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s just a matter of going through some conditioning and getting him ready to get back in their lineup,” External link

mlive Friday, March 6, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a good player and he’s shown that. I think he’s grown since he’s been over here,” “He seems to grasp coaching well, which the best athletes do. You tell him something, he gets better at it, from everything I’ve been told. He’s god a moxie, a confidence to him that I like a lot. The fact he played last year against men (in the German league) probably prepared him for this year and the fact he’s been in the American League this year has been a really good thing. I think he’s allowed to grow without the constant every day, external pressures that exist in the NHL. … I think it helps guys become ready-made when they get to the NHL” External link

mlive Friday, March 6, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The fact that he’s a big body, I think has helped him handle the tough and roughness of the American League,” External link

mlive Friday, March 6, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think anything is a consideration, but I think the IIHF would do whatever it could to maintain those World Championships,” External link

mlive Thursday, March 5, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think anything is a consideration, but I think the IIHF would do whatever it could to maintain those World Championships,” External link

mlive Wednesday, March 4, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “For a guy we’re projecting to help our depth in the bottom six, he does have good offensive sense a bit,” “He’s got good hands. I think he could potentially help us in those areas as long as he stays real accountable defensively and keeps up his physical play. He’s a guy that you could move up and down the lineup and get into different roles” External link

mlive Tuesday, March 3, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Somebody that can play in those (third and fourth) lines, not have to play top-six minutes but can provide some more skill, can play hard, can be good defensively, can bring a physical element and just help our depth,” External link

mlive Monday, March 2, 2020 1:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I like that part of it,” External link

mlive Monday, March 2, 2020 1:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It would have been nice if he could have come in right away and practiced,” “It’s hard to be a cohesive five-man unit if not everybody knows what’s going on. I thought he played fine last night, but you don’t play as individuals, you play as a team and so that part makes it hard. With that said, we’d like to play him because we want to see what he’s all about, see if he can help us” External link

mlive Monday, March 2, 2020 1:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The fact he’s on his skates and out there is good,” External link

mlive Monday, March 2, 2020 1:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s one team fighting like crazy to make the playoffs and one team skating around in their jerseys,” External link

mlive Saturday, February 29, 2020 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Steve Yzerman ) : “Steve doesn’t want guys that look good or guys that skate around. He wants guys that are winners,” “We want guys that are winners. I think when times are tough, this is when a lot of those characteristics come through, the guys that are winners and the guys that aren’t. Certainly, there’s an evaluation process going on” External link

mlive Saturday, February 29, 2020 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “You end the year feeling good about yourself and the other thing is it’s just way more fun to come into the locker room after a win than a loss like last night,” External link

mlive Saturday, February 29, 2020 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Right now, I’m hoping to have the full lineup available,” External link

mlive Saturday, February 29, 2020 2:34:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We were just kind of in our jerseys, too many guys just in their jerseys,” “You got to go out and play and compete like crazy” External link

mlive Friday, February 28, 2020 2:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It rests on all of us, including myself,” External link

mlive Friday, February 28, 2020 2:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The coaches in GR told me for the last few weeks they thought Dennis has played really good hockey, that he’s gone down there and earned an opportunity to come back up,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “All those things kind of make sense for us and went into the decision to call him up,” “Part of the positive of going down to the minors is having the opportunity to grow your confidence where you can play without thinking. The game happens too fast. If you’re worried about doing something right or doing something wrong, you’re not going to be effective. If you can just go down and play, you have a way better chance to be way more effective. Then hopefully you bring that confidence back up here” External link

mlive Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That’s why you call a five originally,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I’m more disappointed in the fact we put ourselves in a spot where we had to take crap,” “They outplayed us, and they were winning, so we had to take it. That’s the part that sucks” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It looked like a team who just had two players traded away,” “I didn’t think our focus was very good. It better be way better than that moving forward” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “As I said to our guys today, just because you lose some good players doesn’t give you an excuse to lose,” “We got 20 dressed good enough to win and we got to go out and, if anything, it should heighten our awareness that we better out-work, out-compete and out-detail other teams” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Andreas was really good friends with a number of guys, that whole young crew of (Tyler) Bertuzzi, (Anthony) Mantha, Larkin, (Madison) Bowey, Fabbs (Robby Fabbri), they all got along really well,” “I’ve had conservations with some of the guys and I’ll have conversations with more. To say there’s no human emotion involved would be a lie. Our job is to compartmentalize that and go out and play to the best of our ability” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I contemplated not dressing him just to give him a practice, but in the end, he’s going to dress and play a little bit,” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The message is control what you can control,” External link

mlive Monday, February 24, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “These games around the deadline can be goofy at times,” “When you’re a guy who might get traded, there’s a lot of things that go into it, including your family. But it’s no different than the challenges we face in being eliminated from the playoffs. Regardless of anything that swirls around us, we got to go out every day and earn that jersey” External link

mlive Sunday, February 23, 2020 2:08:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “My understanding is he’s done a really good job,” “I’m a big fan. I think he’s going to be a really good player. How good? We’ll see. I think he’s still learning the give and take of offensive risk management. It’s something that he didn’t get a chance to do a whole bunch last year because of the level he was playing at (with Adler Manheim in Germany). He might not be getting that here either. Sometimes when you play at the highest level you end up playing over-safe. I think he’s got some offense to give and it’s just understanding that risk management and it’s a learned process. But I think he’s getting better at it and my understanding is he’s having a good, solid year” External link

mlive Friday, February 21, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Steve Yzerman ) : “You can look at it in a number of ways,” “One, if he’s developing really well down there, leave him there and let him continue to develop. Two would be, he’s playing well down there, does it help him to come up and play a little bit? In the end, Steve will make the decision based on what’s best for his development and it’ll be solely based on that” External link

mlive Friday, February 21, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “This last time that he’s been down, he’s probably played his best hockey,” “I think there’s some logic to say if he’s playing really good hockey, let’s let him continue to play really good hockey and leave him there for now. But again, all those decisions are made on a day-to-day basis” External link

mlive Friday, February 21, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Mike Green ) : “I just really have enjoyed coaching Mike,” “He’s a great person, has done some great, great things and he comes and works like he’s a rookie. I just have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a person, a player, a competitor. He wants to get better, he wants to learn, very coachable” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Mike Green ) : “If there’s one thing I could say that stood out for Mike Green for me, for those that don’t get a chance to see, is how hard he comes and works at his craft, how hard he comes and competes every day in practice,” “I think it’s awesome. He’s had enough accomplishments in his career that potentially he could feel like he doesn’t have to (work hard), and he hasn’t done that one time” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Brendan's doing good. He's up,” External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Brendan's doing good. He's up,” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, February 12, 2020 8:07:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Brendan's doing good. He's up,” External link

mlive Wednesday, February 12, 2020 7:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Brendan's doing good. He's up,” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, February 12, 2020 7:37:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “The first part of the year he was our best offensive player, most dynamic,” “We have to be realistic in the sense that he’s been out for a long time if you combine the two injuries. We just have to understand he’s going to have some ups and downs as he comes back to get going at full speed. It’s hard at this time of year, when the league is really ramping up, to miss that time” External link

mlive Monday, February 10, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think confidence matters again and obviously these two goals will be big for him,” External link

woodtv Monday, February 10, 2020 3:46:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He works every day, as does Jimmy (Howard); they both work really hard with (goaltending coach) Jeff Salajko,” “I think confidence matters and (Bernier’s) confidence has obviously blossomed as he’s played better and better” External link

mlive Monday, February 10, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Andreas Athanasiou ) : “When Andreas digs in, he’s really good defensively and you want talented guys out there in those situations because they find ways to score empty-net goals,” “I thought he was having a committed game and I wanted to make sure I reward him with that” External link

mlive Monday, February 10, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "I think confidence matters again and obviously these two goals will be big for him," External link

dcourier Monday, February 10, 2020 1:16:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : "I think confidence matters again and obviously these two goals will be big for him," External link

masslive Monday, February 10, 2020 12:59:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Right now, we wanted to leave Seider where Seider is,” “He’s a first-year pro, so at this time as we stand here today, we’re going to let him continue to play (in the AHL)” External link

mlive Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Trevor Daley ) : “Trevor has been lots of different situations in hockey and can talk through,” “He’s a guy that players like playing with because he talks and he cares, so it’s a good veteran and young guy pairing” External link

mlive Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He was up last year, did a really good job, wasn’t as successful this year,” “I don’t think he played poorly, but he wasn’t as successful at producing points. We just need a little more, obviously, we need a lot more offensive punch, and Taro is good defensively and he’s smart. I think we could use more good decisions on the ice, and he makes a lot of good decisions” External link

mlive Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I would like to get some guys going at a higher level, so you hope by switching lines you can get guys going a little bit more,” External link

mlive Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “That is where you can’t afford to slip even the littlest bit,” “And honestly, in some ways it can be good for these guys because they’ll learn real fast” External link

mlive Tuesday, February 4, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We looked like a hockey team,” “It’s certainly frustrating not to win. but from a process standpoint we were way better. I thought we executed better, we had more confidence, we were more poised with the puck. We did more with the puck. We have up some chances, but that’s the way we have to keep continuing to try to play on a nightly basis, take steps forward. … It was a step in the right direction” External link

mlive Sunday, February 2, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t walk in his shoes, so I don’t pretend to walk in his shoes,” External link

usaToday Sunday, January 26, 2020 8:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think it’s definitely showing that maturation,” “He’s a guy who understands that for sure. It’s unfortunate. I wish they could have been goals that mattered more. But good for him to understand the moment” External link

usaToday Sunday, January 26, 2020 8:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I thought a year ago he tried to stick-handle as he moved up the ice through people,” External link

usaToday Sunday, January 26, 2020 8:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I was like, ‘Oh, wow, this guy’s way better than I realized,’ ” “I had heard a lot about how he was a disturber and all that stuff. When I first got him (in the AHL), I was like, ‘He’s got really good hands. He’s got really good poise.’ I credit that to he’s not afraid to take a hit. He believes he can hold onto the puck. He’s not a super, super big guy but he’s very strong on his edges” External link

mlive Friday, January 24, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “Every time he played for me, he looked like a guy who competed hard, and he’s pretty smart defensively and offensively,” External link

mlive Friday, January 24, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was kind of a little bit of fool’s gold in the first – some guys were going, some guys just weren’t ready to go,” “It catches up to you as the game goes along and it caught up to us. Then we played stupid” External link

usaToday Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “His NHL skillset is he’s a big man who plays hard and has good enough hands and enough skill,” “I think he’s been pretty good here at what he’s good at, meaning physicality. Certainly, he’s a load down low getting the puck to the net. I think he needs to make sure and continue to get better at playing within the system. You got to have five guys on the same page, and he’s got to make sure that he’s executing the system. That’s one area where he has to get better at. But when he’s got the puck down low, he brings some attributes that could allow him to have long-term success in the NHL” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Ben Simon ) : “I think when he first came in from junior, like a lot of guys, I don’t know that he was utilizing the skills that are going to separate him at this level,” “At the junior level he might have been able to do more stuff. At this level you have to figure out how can I be different than other people in a better way? I think he’s done that. He’s done that through really good coaching in the American League with Ben Simon, demanding that he does it right. He’s done that through self-discovery himself and looking and saying, ‘OK, I’m not going to be maybe a stick-handler through the neutral zone, I’m going to be a guy that’s the best guy on the team in putting (the puck) behind people, forechecking hard, being unbelievably hard in front of the net, holding onto the puck, getting it low to high. And he seems to have done that” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a big, big man who’s hard and isn’t afraid of anyone and likes to jaw and likes to be involved,” “I’ve told him I don’t want him to say a word to the refs. He got himself in some trouble talking to the refs in the American League, so don’t say a word up here. But he knows how to jaw and get underneath people’s skin” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He loves his uncle and that stuff doesn’t bother him a bit,” External link

clickondetroit Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:36:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It was physical and lots of jawing and lots of stuff behind the play and a lot of emotion,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 19, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One thing we’ve really concentrated and focused on is our physicality, and we’ve done different things to try to embrace that physicality, and since the Christmas break, we’ve been way better at that,” External link

mlive Sunday, January 19, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We can’t take those undisciplined penalties,” “Really both in the end are undisciplined. Not necessarily from guys that I expected” External link

mlive Sunday, January 19, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s playing real good hockey,” External link

mlive Saturday, January 18, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Matt Murray ) : “That’s one attribute that’s really, really good at,” “He’s a big, big man. That puck does not go in if Givani is not standing in front of the goalie Murray never saw the shot” External link

mlive Saturday, January 18, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “It’s been a tough year for the team, it’s been a tough year for him,” External link

mlive Friday, January 17, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I learned right away, in this league especially, not to pay any attention -- especially when it’s not going well, to any of that stuff,” “Certainly, I appreciate the passion of our fanbase 100 percent. I think our fanbase overall has an idea of where we’re at in the building process, more so than when I probably first got the job. I think they understand if you have a salary cap and a draft, then the nature of pro sports is cyclical, and they understand where we’re at in the cycle” External link

mlive Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t need to be told I’m doing good or if he wants to tell me we’re not doing a good job,” External link

mlive Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We all understand where we’re at and we got to make sure we continue to not just hold the young guys accountable but the group accountable, continue to push them to be their very best,” “There’s nothing I take more satisfaction in coaching than in helping guys reach their very best and there’s lots of pitfalls when you have a bad season. … I would hate to sit back 10 years from now and say, ‘I didn’t do everything I could to help that player be the best he can be.’ So that’s what will continue to drive me” External link

mlive Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “My job is to make sure Jimmy is holding himself accountable, which he is, and that he’s meeting the work ethic standard, which he is,” “Confidence matters in sports and when it’s not going your way with the goaltending position, it really matters. The good thing about Jimmy is he’s been around a long time. I think his mindset is in the right spot. He’s looking in the mirror and saying, ‘I got to be better,’ and he’s going to work” External link

mlive Monday, January 13, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He’s a guy who’s done a good job in the NHL and he’s got to come in and give us real good minutes when he gets in there,” “He certainly has the body of work to say he can do it, be a real good No. 3” External link

mlive Monday, January 13, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said ( about Jeff Blashill ) : “I can tell you he looked great in practice (Saturday), he worked hard, I think he’s continued to work hard with (goalie coach) Jeff Salajko,” External link

mlive Monday, January 13, 2020 7:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I don’t know if it’s a day-to-day thing, I don’t know if it’s a seven-day deal,” “He’s going to undergo a test in the morning” External link

mlive Monday, January 13, 2020 7:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “We step up, create a turnover, it kind of bounces to an area where we should have had a guy there,” External link

mlive Monday, January 13, 2020 7:24:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He spent some time learning it last year, but he’s had to learn in the NHL, too,” “Really, really strong on the puck, so when he gets a chance to clear the puck, he clears it. I think he’s got really good instincts. For me, his best qualities are his competitiveness and his instincts. Those two things come out certainly on the penalty kill” External link

mlive Saturday, January 11, 2020 5:29:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “He laid it down the wall earlier in that shift instead of trying to make something out of nothing,” “Offensive guys want to try to make something out of nothing a lot of times. I alluded to it after the Chicago game, we have to learn to stop beating ourselves or we’ll never be a good team. We had a long meeting about that. I thought that play was indicative of it. Take what’s given. When you’re a young, talented player you tend to want to force things, make something happen. Very rarely does that work out well” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “There’s times where he gets in that scoring square and there’s a potential for a pass, but I never talk to him about it because I’m not going to take away that shot-first mentality,” External link

mlive Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “One, I think he’s done a really good job of making plays without taking unneeded risk but yet not throwing the puck away,” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 7, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said : “I think if there was a toxic-type culture around here, then it can hurt young guys,” External link

mlive Tuesday, January 7, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

Jeff Blashill said :