By Max Bultman (The Athletic)

It once seemed possible that NHL teams would be in training camp right now.

The Red Wings’ coaches would have been ready. With no games since March, they have had plenty of time to prepare.

Instead, a Dec. 1 target start date has tentatively been pushed back to Jan. 1. But whenever training camp does finally convene, expect plenty of new faces. Detroit brought in five new free agents, and added Marc Staal via trade, during this long offseason. Now, they all look to help pull the Red Wings from the league’s cellar.

Coach Jeff Blashill spoke with The Athletic Thursday about the potential impact of those additions, how he’s preparing for the season and more.

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