Red Wings' Holland says veteran players will need to gain Blashill's trust
The Detroit Red Wings will enter the 2015-16 season with a new boss behind the bench, and he isn't expected to give any handouts.
The Red Wings appointed Jeff Blashill as the club's new head coach after the departure of Mike Babcock, and early on general manager Ken Holland doesn't anticipate Blashill giving the team's veterans the benefit of the doubt.
"There's players that had earned the coach's trust," Holland told DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji. "They've got to earn Jeff Blashill's trust. It's good for Mike Babcock. But it starts all over again. They understand that they've got to win a new coach's trust."
Blashill has been with the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, for the past three seasons, and led the team to a Calder Trophy win in 2013, so a relationship with the team's young players should already be in place.
That aside, Holland expects Blashill will give the team's youth a shot to play with the big club, but, like the veterans, they'll have to be accountable to the team.
"If you're somebody coming from Grand Rapids, he coached you," Holland said. "If you did it for him in Grand Rapids, he's going to give you a chance. But you've got to do it here because Jeff understands what our expectations are in Detroit."