That is nuts. We aren't the Leafs. Every team has rough patches, and ours has been the last 2 seasons. Hell, the fact that we overachieved at the end of last season has probably raised everyone's expectations to the fact that we could probably go on to achieve bigger and better things. Babcock is arguably the best coach in the NHL currently, and it was evident from what they showed inside the locker room of the Wings on 24/7 that he still has the attention and ears of the players. Unlike said Leafs, who seem to take Carlyle's F bombs and constant barrage and throw it out the door.
The answer here is patience. It is easy to sit here and say let's fire the coach. But realistically, what does that actually achieve? Right now this team hasn't established any kind of consistency because of injuries and a few front office errors. I don't see how canning the coach will help achieve that. But, I truly believe that we have a good future ahead of us and some exciting prospects should make it a hell of a lot of fun around here soon (see Nyqvist, Tatar, Mrazek, DeKeyser, Jurco, Mantha etc etc). We still have a couple of the best players in the world (arguably) and every team goes through ups and downs.
Yes it would be devastating for the Wings to not be playing in May, but is it the end of the world if they don't? I love this team as much as anyone, but if missing the playoffs is the lesson the KH and MB need to realise that they should drop the past it veterans on the Wings and go with the youth, then that's fine. (I'm hoping of course, that they won't need this to happen before they figure that out). We've had an incredible and unprecedented amount of success following this club. So please, don't let a little rough patch persuade everyone that we need to clean out the closet.
Babcock still having their ear is irrelevant. Last year was a goddamn MIRACLE. At the 3/4 mark of the lockout shortened season if I said we would squeak in and make a run would you have believed me? If so, then you are more optimistic than any fan I know. Two years is to long for the DETROIT RED WINGS, especially considering we DO have the talent. You mention all these things but I don't see them turning it around any time soon.
I ask about firing Babcock, because that's what most teams do to shake things up. NOBODY demotes a player, rarely do you see a GM fired mid-season. Is it true that we have a ton of injuries? Of course, but GREAT teams like Pittsburgh, Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, San Jose and Anahiem who have similar problems keep winning! Why can't we? Is it leadership? Veterans not taking the puck and rolling with it? Coaches not coaching? Lower lines not producing?
I guess by your thought process, you tell me?