Red Wings not buyers ahead of deadline

Ceria Alfonso
Febrero 15, 2018

"Again, Doubles is going to get a good chance to play lots against Tampa and I expect him to come out and be real good".

"I just think that's what life's about". "Some nights, (Athanasiou) is really going and tonight, through my eyes, he wasn't going quite as good in my mind".

Holland also told the newspaper "We'll see here over the next week what direction we are going, but I am aware we are eight points out and games are running out".

Jan CanAs an American, Blashill wasn't pleased to see the U.S. lose 3-2 to Slovenia in their opening men's hockey game at the Olympics, but he was delighted to see former Wings forward Jan Mursak net the tying and winning goals for the Slovenians. "Whenever I get my chances, I have to make the majority".

"I just wanted to make sure he understood, to get him back on the horse here". "Whether it's criticism or positive, it's trying to help him be the best possible player and helping our team".

"I think to be an elite player in this league - I said it lots, (Mike Babcock) said it lots - you have to do it every night", Blashill said. It's not about whether you get knocked down, it's about how many times you get back up and Jimmy's gotten back up whenever he's been challenged, including this season.

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Athanasiou has 10 goals and 24 points in 45 games.

"No one likes to sit but it's the way it is", Athanasiou said. He has experienced brief stretches of dominance during his short National Hockey League career, but also has gone through lengthy slumps.

"You just got to be ready whenever you're called. We got the two points, it's the biggest thing". He was great for me in Grand Rapids, I had him here in Detroit as an assistant, too.

Asked how he can become more consistent, Athanasiou said, "I think that just comes with how much you're out there".

Athanasiou was clear as to what was expected of him.

"He's been real receptive the last month whenever I've talked to him", Blashill said. "When he's not on he reaches a little bit and boy, that's a tough team to reach against".

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