If he came out to calm the masses, objective not accomplished.
However, he can't say much...
Can't have players totally distracted wondering what's coming or if they'll be shipped to Milwaukee.
Can't have the coach totally ignore young players to save himself.
Can't start a media feeding frenzy.
Can't allow leaks and mess up the trade talks you have on the go.
Can't allow a culture of panic.
Also, saying you won't be caught in no man's land says clearly you won't end up in 9th/10th netting nothing for you pain. What else could he be referring to?