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Red Wings’ Jeff Blashill Has Harsh Words For Anthony Mantha

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Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill had some harsh words for forward Anthony Mantha, who suffered the wrath of the coach’s ire after Detroit’s 6-2 blowout loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

“It’s a hard league if you don’t show up with shift-to-shift intensity every single night,” Blashill said after the loss.

“We’ve got some young guys that have really helped in our success, when we’ve had success, but with those types of minutes comes big-time responsibility.

“Anthony Mantha has got to be way better. Way better. It’s not okay to just be a passenger when you’re given the opportunity to be an impact player.”

Matha had three shots and a minus-one rating in the 19 minutes he skated.

“(Mantha) is not alone, but he’s a guy who I said to at the beginning of the year, ‘For us to be great, you’ve got to be great,'” Blashill said.

“He’s gone through large stretches of being great. He hasn’t been great the last two games.”

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Red Wings’ Mike Green Out a Month Due to Virus

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will be out for a month as he deals with a virus, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Green, who a two-year, $10.75-million extension with Detroit this offseason, missed the final nine games of last season doe to a neck injury and underwent cervical spine surgery at the conclusion of the NHL season, so the latest bump in the road has to be frustrating.

The virus has kept Green off the ice and out of action for the entire preseason.

 

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Red Wings’ Jeff Blashill Has Doubts that Henrik Zetterberg will Return this Season

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Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill has his doubts when it comes to the potential of Henrik Zetterberg suiting up this season, uncertain that the 37-year old will be healthy enough to do so and admitting that his status is currently in the air.

“He’s had a hard summer and I don’t think his back is reacting great,” Red Wings’ head coach Jeff Blashill said earlier this week, according to Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News. “Certainly we’ll know more in a month (at training camp), but as of today, there’s a lot of doubt as to whether his back will be healthy enough to play.”

Zetterberg did play in all 82 games for Detroit last season, but it was a tough task to enable he could do so.

“As you know, Hank wasn’t able to practice for half the year,” Blashill said. “He was able to gut it out through those last two months where he wasn’t able to practice. There were nights I didn’t think he’d able to play and he did play.”

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Red Wings Sign Jonathan Bernier To Three-Year Deal

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The Detroit Red Wings are the new home for well-traveled netminder Jonathan Bernier, who will be joining his 5th NHL team.

Bernier is inking a three-year deal that will pay him $3M per season.

Bernier owns a career save percentage of .914 through 288 career games.

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