DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman said right now, he doesn't plan to replace Jeff Blashill behind the bench.
Speaking to the media after the trade deadline, Yzerman said, "as of right now, I don't plan to make a change."
Steve Yzerman supports Jeff Blashill, and said he shouldn’t be blamed for this season.— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) February 24, 2020
“As of right now, I don’t plan to make a change,” he said. pic.twitter.com/j9P3DzCe2u
According to Yzerman, he has "enjoyed" working with Blashill and that they had expectations coming into the season.
"I put this team together. I had expectations for the year. I said, 'I don't think this team is a playoff team.' A lot of things would have to go right for us to be a playoff team at the start of the year," Yzerman said. "Obviously that hasn't happened. A lot of things went wrong that we didn't perceive, whether it be injury or what not."
According to Yzerman, he thinks Blashill and the staff have done a good job managing the team under what he called very difficult circumstances.
"It's unfair to judge Jeff Blashill on our team's record. Really, it is," he said.
Watch his entire press conference below.