Holland, Blashill remain in roles for Red Wings

Forward Dylan Larkin and goalie Jimmy Howard will play for Team USA - coached by Jeff Blashill - which gives the national team a local Red Wings flavor.

"I should be good for next season", Tatar said.

"Just more opportunity to learn from him", Larkin said. It's been bothering me nearly every game. I think a lot of it has to do with the motor that the young person has - different people have different motors - and how hard that person pushes.

"Prior to that draft, those players I think we might expose, and even ones that we might protect, if there's trading possibilities out there to make us better, we're going to try to make it happen". They want to see us in the playoffs. "He's gathering information. He's trying to get better". But to me I think it's the one thing we all kind of wonder from outside.

"We're extremely pleased to have Jeff lead our men's national team at the world championship", Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and part of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group said in a release. Consider the potential fallout, Holland suggested, "if you go to work every day for a long period of time and you can work at 80 percent and there's nobody there to make you push harder".

Blashill has two years left on his current contract, while Holland's deal runs through next season. "We started talking for a little bit and so far we didn't talk about much, but I don't see a problem there".

"There are teams out six, eight years of the playoffs", Holland said.

"(Detroit) feels like home to me, but I'm not afraid of change", Tatar said.

The Red Wings have 11 draft picks this season, including a first-round selection that will be no lower than 10 and likely higher. I think that's important for me, especially because I missed a good chunk of the season being out with the injury. Starting tomorrow night is the most fun and exciting time of the year and we're not involved and it's incredibly disappointing. "That's a lot of points", he said. "When you're dealing with 18-year-old players and a lottery draft there are no guarantees you're going to come out on the other side with a powerhouse, super-elite team". Each one of those players know they have to be better. "From an ownership perspective, I know Ken Holland is disappointed, I know our coaching staff is disappointed and I know our players are disappointed".

  • Julie Sanders