Jeff Blashill: Pause In Season 'A Reminder' To Cherish NHL Opportunity

"I think sometimes you need perspective," Blashill said.

Jamie and Stoney
March 19, 2020 - 4:25 pm
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At this point, the Red Wings' season might be over. The NHL could jump right into the playoffs once it resumes, if it resumes at all. 

And maybe that's for the best. For one, it would save the Wings from potentially finishing as the worst team in the salary-cap era. For another, how would a team that's already clinched last place in the standings find motivation to kick it back into gear?

"The one thing I’d say, and this is something we’ve talked about as the year unfolded and we were clearly eliminated early, every single day you get to play, you get to coach in the NHL, is a great day," Jeff Blashill told the Jamie and Stoney Show. "I just think if anything, this is a reminder of how quickly life can change and to make sure that you make the most out of every single day.

"To me, it’s a good reminder and perspective for my own life, but it’s a good reminder for all of us in the NHL how special it is to be part of the NHL. I think sometimes you need perspective, and that’s the perspective I’ve certainly gained from this. If we get a chance to resume our season, let’s go out and make the most of every day."

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There's no word yet on whether or not the NHL will return to the ice this season. The coronavirus outbreak still carries more questions than answers. The NHL has had one player test positive thus far, but as we've seen in the NBA that number can rise quickly. 

As of Wednesday, Blashill said the NHL wasn't conducting widespread testing. 

"These tests are a rare commodity right now. We're obviously working as a world to get more available, but they’re not just available to everybody," he said. " So I think the NHL players, just like normal people, you get tested if you show signs, if you’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive, if you’re sick and they can’t come up with other reasons why you’re sick. Other than that, it hasn’t been to my knowledge a widespread test, it hasn’t been with our team yet because of that.

"We’re in the same boat as the rest of the world right now, all of us just hoping that those that are sick get tested and identified and we can try to decrease this spread as fast as possible."

As for his daily routine, Blashill said he's dividing it between work projects and family time. 

"Right now, for us, our kids are at home, spending a little more time with them. That part of it is a benefit that we don’t normally get at this time of year," he said. "But obviously we’d all rather have normal activity going on. ...

"For me, I actually have done some work stuff. There’s a few projects that I’ve wanted to do during the season that you don’t get a chance to do. I’ve been able to do some of that stuff. Wake up, do some hockey stuff for a while, do some stuff around the house and then do some stuff with the kids. That’s kind of how it’s been divided."