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Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:31 AM

Anybody have a replay or transcript?

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 12:27 PM

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:29 AM

Not sure if this is the whole interview but its the best I could find.


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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:36 PM

WOW. Thanks a lot for posting that link. If anyone here hasn't listened to it yet, you need to. Lots of information. I'll do my best here to summarize what I took from it.

...I'm guessing that we'll want to look something like this next season:

*???*(someone bigger)-Helm-Bertuzzi
Cleary-Abdelkader-*???*(someone bigger)




Point #1: First and foremost - seems to be his #1 priority for the off-season as a whole - Babcock said he wants to add more DEPTH to the forward lines. Talked a lot about how the third lines of other teams still in the playoffs (including Nashville against us) are scoring a lot of goals; and how ours was -5 in the series. He singled that third line difference as the biggest reason we lost the series (all the one goal games). He said that Helm would've helped a lot, and that he's one of the best third-line centers in the league; so I guess that we won't be looking to bring someone in and move him to the fourth line.

Point #2: He said that he wants to bring in a top six forward to replace Bertuzzi on the top line and help out Pav. He also said that he doesn't forsee any trades being made; so I guess this will be a free agency signing. It sounds like Parise is the ideal, but he didn't sound overly optimistic about being able to lure him away from his own team, or in being able to beat out the league-wide competition for him (along with Suter). He also talked a lot about the importance of accountability (wrt to Ovechkin), so I'm guessing that Semin won't be considered.

Point #3: He said that he wants to add a defenseman as well. And he talked a lot about the importance of adding another right handed shot to the PP, which makes me think that maybe we aren't targeting Suter? Maybe Wideman instead? He also said that he expects Smith to be on the team...specifying that he'd be in the top 7, not a top six player unless he earned it.

Point #4: He said that he really liked the second line (Huds-Hank-Val) in the series, and that makes me think that we might want to bring Huds back (which might move Bertuzzi to the third line, improving depth). But I think in the end it ends up being unfeasible, and we simply replace him in the lineup with Nyquist.

Point #5: He said that he expects Nyquist to be on the team next year. But him and Smith are it. Mentioned that he's heard Jarnkrok might end up being an elite player though. Mentioned Tatar too, but not much about him.

Point #6: He said that he wants to his non-very skilled (of which Nyquist is one) players to be much bigger. Talked about how that's important in a series. Makes me think that we may be considering replacing Miller or Eaves? I guess Sheahan or Andersson won't be the added size either, as he said he only expects Smith and Nyquist to make the team.

Point #7: Sounds like we'll be bringing in another new #2 goalie. Doesn't trust Joey-Mac's back. This certainly didn't sound like it would be a high-profile signing either...as he'd be competing with Mac for a job in training camp.

Edited by blueadams, 07 May 2012 - 09:33 AM.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:53 PM

Well, so much for trade speculation.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:26 PM

It's always joy to see/hear uncle Mike's passion about hockey and to be honest I wouldn't mind to see him one day as a Wings GM :)

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:35 AM

It's always joy to see/hear uncle Mike's passion about hockey and to be honest I wouldn't mind to see him one day as a Wings GM :)

me either. i think if he had his way we'd look a lot different out there personnel wise right now.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:37 AM

I get the impression that if Kenny doesn't do something big this summer then Babs may be moving on when his contract expires. Moreso this year than any other year he has been here, Babs sounds frustrated that he doesn't have more of the types of players he wants on the team. Maybe I'm reading too much into it.

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