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#21 pondrocket

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 04:52 PM

Babs will evaluate the team & the direction Kenny is going & decide. Who knows what he will or should do until the criteria is evaluated for that moment?

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 05:14 PM

If I was the head coach, I do know I would be frustrated how things have turned out the last few years and especially if the defensive core that was lost isn't replaced...
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 06:09 PM

Oh, for sure... he appears to be in pretty good shape. I'd have to imagine he even jogs or runs sometimes too.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 06:22 PM

The answer is Dan Girardi.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:27 PM

Certainly Babs has to be disappointed with how things have turned out, because he's been begging for a bit of help talent wise for a few years. But I don't think he walks, I say if guys like Iginla, Perry or Getzlaf get to market next year then Babs will be able to lobby a bit harder for them. In the mean time his task is to make the Wings play a grittier game, and get the most out of young players (Nyquist, Smith, Brunner, Emmerton, Mursak) and guys needing to step up (Quincey, Ericsson, Gustavsson, Helm, Abdelkader).

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:59 PM

I heard something fairly interesting a few weeks back - take it for what its worth. The sand is running out of the hourglass for Babcock in Detroit if the Wings don't improve on their past few playoff performances. Every coach eventually wears out their welcome, moves on, and in many cases finds success somewhere else.

Well, I friend of mine who has long been involved in the WHL told me that hes under the impression that the Oilers are waiting with baited breath to snag Babcock should he be released based on the premise the our roster just isn't responding to the same guy anymore.

I could see Babcock being a great fit with them in a year or two and would likely get them deep into contention fairly quickly when all those kids have come of age. Anyways - just a rumor, thought id share.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:13 PM

Highest paid coach in the league by far, surrounded with great talent and arguable the best development programs and yet people think he will walk because two top UFAs chose another team, give me a break.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 01:43 AM

Babcock will never surrender. He is the best coach in the NHL.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 02:05 AM

I actually think Babcock is the most important person on the Redwings right now. The roster has been slowly going backwards the last 3 seasons, and its taken a big step backwards with the retirement of Lidstrom. Based on the talent of our roster right now, we're a bubble playoff team that could finish anywhere from 6th to 10th. The difference between making the playoffs or not for us is going to come down to

1) Health
2) Goaltending
3) Coaching

If Babs can somehow drag this roster to a division title he might finally win the Jack Adams he so richly deserves.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:57 AM

I actually think Babcock is the most important person on the Redwings right now. The roster has been slowly going backwards the last 3 seasons, and its taken a big step backwards with the retirement of Lidstrom. Based on the talent of our roster right now, we're a bubble playoff team that could finish anywhere from 6th to 10th. The difference between making the playoffs or not for us is going to come down to

1) Health
2) Goaltending
3) Coaching

If Babs can somehow drag this roster to a division title he might finally win the Jack Adams he so richly deserves.


Yeah very true. This is his time to put his talent into the game and take a weakened team and keep them going. Yet as someone mentioned earlier do you think there's a chance that the players don't really respond to him as they used to? You know, same old Babs? He's a scary guy that's for sure but surely some players who have been around him for a while wont be as intimidated. That's why I like the Tootoo signing as he's going to give everything this year, that could well spark a lot of players on this team.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:04 AM

I think maybe some so called Red Wings fans should walk :lol:
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:12 AM

I think maybe some so called Red Wings fans should walk :lol:


That aimed at me? Because if so I don't think it's justified. At no point did I say "Babcock is going to/should walk", I simply asked a question whether people see him being disillusioned at the lack of big moves considering we've lost big pieces. Like has been said, the offseason isn't over and we could still do something huge, and I for one think Babs is vital to our success, however I simply thought I would promote a debate on whether or not he could be gone when his contract is done? I'm a bit annoyed at the lack of moves we've made recently, but maybe I'm a bit spoilt after Rafalski and Stuart worked so well, then we landed Hossa, that some moves don't seem to live up to them, but I'm always going to stay with this team and support them with everything I have. Coaches may feel they're not being given the resources to do their job. AGAIN, not saying Babs thinks this, simply posing a question.

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