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#21 Dabura

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 05:05 PM

If I have to choose someone, Jeff Blashill. He's like Mike Babcock's hipper, younger brother. Same sensibilities, exact same voice, teaches the same basic systems in Grand Rapids, is obviously familiar with the youth.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 05:10 PM

Aaron Downey.

 

He was the last person to bring us a Cup, so a natural choice.  


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 05:13 PM

If we're talking any coach in the league then I'd say either Trotz or Tippett. I've always felt they were up there as best in the league for as little talent they had to work with.



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 05:20 PM

The title was misleading, the first thing I thought when reading it was "Babcock got fired?". I edited it to better reflect the topic of the thread. 

 

Anyway, i'd pull Scotty Bowman out of retirement and make him coach again. Best to ever do it.

 

I highly doubt he would ever do that, unfortunately

 

1. He probably doesn't want/need that kind of stress anymore, and probably can't handdle it

 

2. He is enjoying his sons success in Chicago

 

3. once again, Chicago...



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 05:28 PM

After seeing what Jon Cooper has done with the Lightning, and before that dominating in the AHL, I'm going to go with Blashill. He's very Babs like but I get the vibe players like him more and he's had success everywhere he's gone. That's the kind of guy I'd like to see coach the Wings if Babs should leave.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 05:33 PM

Not that Babcock is going anywhere, nor should he, but I think the obvious transition would be to let Jeff Blashill take over. Provided Holland doesn't overload on veterans in free agency, the Red Wings are in a position to really start implementing their prospects on a regular basis next season. I think the youth has mostly been forced on the team lately through injuries rather than by management's choice, but the positive is they have all proven to be NHL players. 

 

If I had to choose someone outside of the organization, it would be Dave Tippett. 


 
 
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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:10 PM

I love Hitchcock, but I feel like he'd be a spectacularly bad fit for this team.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:15 PM

Who:  Dave Tippett

Why:  He's the best coach in hockey.

 

Agree. The Wings need a different, more positive coaching attitude with all the kids coming up. Babs isn't it, anymore. Don't know why, its a shame, but thats how its played out. Tippett, on the other hand, turned the Yotes locker room around in a matter of days and got a team that had no business being in the playoffs respectably far.


Not that Babcock is going anywhere, nor should he, but I think the obvious transition would be to let Jeff Blashill take over. Provided Holland doesn't overload on veterans in free agency, the Red Wings are in a position to really start implementing their prospects on a regular basis next season. I think the youth has mostly been forced on the team lately through injuries rather than by management's choice, but the positive is they have all proven to be NHL players. 

 

If I had to choose someone outside of the organization, it would be Dave Tippett. 

 

 

If I have to choose someone, Jeff Blashill. He's like Mike Babcock's hipper, younger brother. Same sensibilities, exact same voice, teaches the same basic systems in Grand Rapids, is obviously familiar with the youth.

 

I like Blash, but I think this would only work if he and Holland were on the same page. KH would have to dump the old dead weight, and NOT SIGN ANYMORE, with a good commitment to youth. Then, Blashill would be a good choice. But you know Holland, he loves em old.



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:15 PM

I like players coaches even though they don't usually last long they do get a few good years out of their players after having a hard guy like Babcock I'd take a real likeable motivator Ted Nolan would be that guy.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 09:11 PM

Blashill. BTW Babcock only has 1 more year left on his contract. Does he extend?



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 10:24 PM

Dan bylsma. But, id rather keep babcock and fire the team.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 10:34 PM

Blashill

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 11:49 PM

It's funny that the overrating of prospects even applies to coaching.  :P

 

If the Wings had to replace Babcock, I'd go with Sutter or Tippet probably. 

 

Tippet does a lot with relatively little.  It'll be interesting to see how he does if he ever gets a top tier roster.  Some coaches can make a mediocre team good but can't get them to the top.



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:54 AM

It's funny that the overrating of prospects even applies to coaching.  :P

 

If the Wings had to replace Babcock, I'd go with Sutter or Tippet probably. 

 

Tippet does a lot with relatively little.  It'll be interesting to see how he does if he ever gets a top tier roster.  Some coaches can make a mediocre team good but can't get them to the top.

 

I don't think people believe Blashill is the best coach out there but more that he's best for the job.

 

He's had the fortune of leading our next generation of Wings to a championship and is very familiar with our players.

 

That's all on top of the fact that he's an absolute class act and very "Babcockian".

 

Babcock>Tippett>Blashill (For this next generation of Wings)


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:55 AM

Gordon Bombay no questions asked. He just has a way at helping players maximize their potential...


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 01:31 AM

But, id rather keep babcock and fire the team.

 

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 03:09 AM

Reg Dunlop !


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 06:19 AM

Cooper or Blashill


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 07:17 AM

I'd love Sutter, just for the hilarity of him trolling the media

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 07:23 AM

I've always had a deep respect for Pat Quinn; an 'Old Time' Dman from the 1960's, a very good coach everywhere he went, has international experience, has earned his law degree, and from what I recall - he enjoys his whiskey/whisky, and cigars.

 

If it weren't for his age - I'd want Pat Quinn.



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