I miss the Babcock that got pissed at Holland for not going after Brent Burns back before he was traded to the Sharks. Where's that guy? That Babcock would have a few things to say about our currently unaddressed needs.
Honestly, I'm wondering if he's gotten a little complacent because he basically could do little to no wrong in regard to coaching with the lineup he's had over the years. Not to mention the great assistant coaches he used to have by his side.
I have faith in him, but the rest of this season and beginning of next season should really be make or break time for him and I really hope he steps up o the plate. This year has been kind of funky because of the lockout, not that I am blaming everything on that, but we have several new faces in the roster and behind the bench and there wasn't really a lot of time to figure out which players molded. I think that's why Babs has been messing with the lines (also because of injuries, obviously).
My big problem with him is he preaches "earn your place on this team", yet he rewards underachievers top-six play time. Also, he apparently shares Hollands beliefs with younger players in not allowing them to play bigger roles. Tatar is a perfect example. He brings it every time he's on the ice. He could and should be playing on our second line. Cleary should be in the bottom six, Tatar should be working with Pav, simple as that.
I honestly don't know what he is thinking with the Abs-Pav-Cleary line. It's very obviously not productive and it is very obviously frustrating Pav.
EDIT: I have not seen the past three games, I didn't realize Franzen is on Pavs line now...
Edited by Wingsfan72, 14 March 2013 - 01:48 AM.