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Blashill tells young Red Wings to have “short memories” after four winless games

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After starting out your season with four winless games, that’d be pretty discouraging to anyone. Especially when you’ve been as close in those games as the Detroit Red Wings have been. Half of their losses have been decided either in overtime or by a shootout. In response, head coach Jeff Blashill has a very New York message to his young players: “Forget about it.”

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He’s urging them to learn from their mistakes, glean what they can from a loss, and move on. It’s a season where the Red Wings organization is anticipating many more losses as the team rebuilds, and dwelling on them will help no one.

“I said this to our group, we are going to have to have a real short memory,” Blashill said after Thursday’s 5-3 loss to Toronto. “We have to make sure that we learn from the game, we get better tomorrow, and then we go into Boston with a singular focus to win the hockey game in Boston.

“I think we’ve realized over four games when we play as hard as we are capable of playing that we can have success. I think we’ve been knocking on the door. We have to find a way to turn those into wins.”

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who made his season debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, believes that the Red Wings are competing, just not consistently enough.

“We need to play better over the course of 60 minutes,” veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “Both the games in California could have ended differently – we did enough good things there. But those things over the course of a full season even out – if you keep doing the right things, you are going to get rewarded. We didn’t do it right enough and that’s why we didn’t win.”

The lesson learned from this? Compete. Play 200-foot hockey for 60 minutes and you’ll be rewarded. This is the lesson that the Red Wings youth needs to take into Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins and apply it. Once it’s applied, hit Delete on Thursday night and put it out of their minds. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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Bleeding whiskey and maple syrup, Nathan is an avid Red Wings fan who fills his lack of interest for other sports with even more hockey. Born and raised in Warren, MI, he's been in the thick of Red Wings culture since day one, and views the game from an analytical and objective standpoint. (@TheSarcastrophe)

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SNEAK PEEK: Saturday’s Detroit Free Press front page is all about Steve Yzerman coming home

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On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially returned home to the Detroit Red Wings.

Here is a sneak peek at the front page for Saturday’s Detroit Free Press.

Well done by the Free Press!

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REPORT: Sergei Fedorov could return to Detroit Red Wings

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On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially came home to the Detroit Red Wings.

But could one of his old pals be joining him in the Motor City?

According to 97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger, he heard today that Yzerman might bring former Red Wings’ great Sergei Fedorov into the organization.

Nation, would you like to see Fedorov back in the Red Wings’ organization? Do you think he would consider coming back before his No. 91 is retired?

BREAKING: Steve Yzerman officially introduced as Detroit Red Wings’ GM

97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere are celebrating the official news that Steve Yzerman is now the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

Take a listen as he joins 97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti to talk about the timing of the hiring and some additional insight.

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Ken Holland the architect of Steve Yzerman’s return

Well, who would have thought that?

According to a report from Sportsnet, it was none other than Ken Holland who was the leading force behind Steve Yzerman’s return to the Red Wings to take over his position, and has been working on it for months.

Of course, it was Ken Holland who declined this move the first time around in 2010. Red Wings ownership allegedly wanted to tap Yzerman as the successor to Holland, who didn’t want to move “upstairs” just quite yet. Yzerman then went to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and for the past nine years, has built them into a powerhouse and yearly contender for the Stanley Cup.

Holland, who has been the team’s GM since 1997, was asked earlier this month on 97.1 The Ticket about remaining with the Red Wings.

“That’s a great question,” Holland said. “I don’t have an answer for you. But I am a proud, proud Red Wing and I love being a Red Wing and I love living in Michigan. We’ve put roots down. I love the fans, I love the people that work for the Red Wings, I love the young players.

“Certainly would be very difficult for me to leave.”

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Tampa Bay Lightning swept in Round 1

Wow!

In perhaps the most shocking playoff result in recent memory, the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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