“Jeff Blashill is a good hockey coach,” Yzerman said. “He ran a really good program. I can certainly attest to our program for the last three years because it’s been dictated by me. Under the circumstance where I’m trying to rebuild this team … I say this sincerely, Jeff did an outstanding job leading this team, this organization, in a very, very difficult circumstance.
“Pardon the expression, but he ran a good program. This wasn’t a complete shitshow.”
That’s the money-quote, but there’s a lot of meat & potatoes in here about needing to change after the team had plateaued and the search for the person who he’ll rely on to get the team to the next level.
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