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#2034273 Babcock to Change Defense Pairings

Posted by chrisdetroit on 18 September 2010 - 04:02 PM

It's like Babcock came to LGW and said, "You know what, I'm going to give you people what you want".

Thank-you Mike.



He's going to sign 10 enforcers?

I like this a lot, for several reasons.

Rafalski - has noticably slowed the last couple of years and gets beat to the outside far, far too easily. I don't see him as a top pairing defenceman anymore

Kronwall - Despite the poster above me says, at some point this guy is going to have to a top-pair guy. May as well stick him alongside Lidstrom before he retires and its all too late. And lets not forget, he was playing terrific before the injury last year. I just hope he refinds his shot, because it was the best I've ever seen him shoot it - hard and accurate.



You must not have watched the Winter Olympics where he won the award for the best d-man in the tounament. You know the tornament composed of the best hockey players in the world. But you think that he has noticably slowed? yea, ok


#2034257 Who will be the whipping boys for '10-'11?

Posted by McAwesome on 18 September 2010 - 02:45 PM

I predict the choice of whipping boy will be divided among the following sub-groups on LGW:

Pro-Lilja - Salei
Pro-Hudler - Filppula
Anti-Ozzie - Howard
Pro-Enforcer - Hudler, Modano, anyone on the 3rd or 4th lines that doesn't fight

Personally, I think that no one is really immune to being the occasional "whipping boy", except maybe Lidstrom, who can do no wrong. Everyone makes mistakes, some more than others, but mistakes can lead to losses and no one on this board likes it when the Wings lose.

My early odd-on favorite is Bertuzzi though, he is the closest thing we have to a Sammy/Lebda/WIlliams type who makes a lot of the same kind of mental errors on a regular basis.


#2034204 Kari Lehtonen doesn't wear his Chuck Norris mask, it wears him

Posted by RedWingsFan13 on 18 September 2010 - 11:16 AM

Fail. Maybe 4 years ago when the Chuck Norris crap was only slightly annoying, but now it's just fail.


#2034229 Who will be the whipping boys for '10-'11?

Posted by Guest on 18 September 2010 - 01:23 PM

I think quiet many people will be surprised how solid Salei is given that he stays healthy, babcock loves him, he loves babcock...you all will see... he is an improvement over lilja, and lebda is no more, the D won't be as frustrating to watch this season, count on it.


#2034048 Babcock to Change Defense Pairings

Posted by Datsyerberger on 17 September 2010 - 04:54 PM

I don't quite understand the bolded part. Who does he want what from a young guy?


Sounds like he wants them to work on the interstate to me. Maybe he's fed up with 75.


#2034036 Babcock to Change Defense Pairings

Posted by Wings4Life19 on 17 September 2010 - 04:09 PM

With lids back there kronner should be more comfortable making his highlight hits


#2034030 Babcock to Change Defense Pairings

Posted by titanium2 on 17 September 2010 - 03:50 PM

ďThatís how itís going to be to start,Ē Babcock said. ďAnd now, maybe itís Ericsson with Nick and maybe itís Salei with Kronwall or something like that, but itís not going to be Nick and Rafi, because I want those (forwards) to be looking up ice and getting an over-pass from a young guy

Read more: Red Wings coach plans new defensive pairings | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com...5#ixzz0zp1ujrG5


I don't quite understand the bolded part. Who does he want what from a young guy?


#2034032 Babcock to Change Defense Pairings

Posted by Guest on 17 September 2010 - 04:00 PM

I don't quite understand the bolded part. Who does he want what from a young guy?

Word up, I don't get it either :huh: :unsure: :blink:


#2034023 Babcock to Change Defense Pairings

Posted by stevkrause on 17 September 2010 - 03:30 PM

Here, let me fix those pairing labels:
1a: Lidstrom - Kronwall
1b: Stuart - Rafalski
2aaa: Ericsson - Salei


#2034013 Babcock to Change Defense Pairings

Posted by Guest on 17 September 2010 - 03:10 PM

What is your definition of bottom pair? Is it someone who plays against other teams' worst offensive lines? If so, then I agree: Kronwall isn't getting paid to play on the bottom pair.
If your definition refers to defensmen who will play 8-10 minutes tops in a game, then I have to bring up that Babs is insisting that all defensmen average out to about 20 min per game this year so young guys can develop and old guys won't get worn out come playoff time.

Are there any other teams who run 3 pairs at 20mins per pair in the NHL?


#2034173 Who will be the whipping boys for '10-'11?

Posted by Guest on 18 September 2010 - 07:11 AM

Hmm Ericsson and Kindl most likely (if he gets the chance) because they will make so many mistakes and turnovers, the turnovers is the biggest factor when you're talking about whipping boys' in hockey.

Howard mostly because of his rebound control.

So potentially 3 guys could share the whipping boy position imo.


#2033966 Babcock to Change Defense Pairings

Posted by hooon on 17 September 2010 - 12:33 PM

It's like Babcock came to LGW and said, "You know what, I'm going to give you people what you want".

Thank-you Mike.

I think his username is blueadams. :hehe:

This rules though.


#2033928 Babcock impressed with several young players

Posted by Guest on 17 September 2010 - 10:03 AM

Anyone know what happend with Ryan Oulahen? He was very promising, then had a serious injury but shouldn't he be back by now?

McGrath signed for second tier team VIK (Lidstroms old club) btw...


#2033903 Who do and did you hate more?

Posted by vladdy16 on 17 September 2010 - 08:12 AM

Witherest Pronger goes, so goes my disdain; hence, no Duck hatred. I don't hate the Pens really, either, but I cannot stand He Who Shall Not Be Named, therefore the Pens are guilty by association and will suffer my dislike for a long as He is there.


#2033770 Lilja gets training camp invitation to Sharks

Posted by Broken 16 on 16 September 2010 - 08:00 PM

I hope Lilja gets to camp in time to partake in the diving lessons.




Lol... I'm pretty sure the handbook will be required reading on the flight in. I wouldn't be surprised if Wilson tripped him up coming off the plane in order to assess his skills.