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#2610755 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 27 May 2015 - 11:41 PM

The NHL is a Ducks/Lighting win away from ratings hell. 

#2610622 ECF : Tampa Bay Former Rangers vs. New York New Rangers

Posted by Helmethead on 27 May 2015 - 09:02 AM

Chicago gets away with a lot of subtle interference...Eddy Doltchuck.

#2610452 ECF : Tampa Bay Former Rangers vs. New York New Rangers

Posted by chaps80 on 26 May 2015 - 09:58 PM

Good job Rags! On to Game 7. Been over 20 years since they've won a cup. Considering the teams who are left, I hope they win it this season.

#2610443 ECF : Tampa Bay Former Rangers vs. New York New Rangers

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 26 May 2015 - 09:25 PM

Now Tampa knows what it feels like to blow game 6 at home.  

#2610041 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by WingedWheel91 on 25 May 2015 - 12:25 PM

Toronto's an awesome city, I've lived here my entire life - The problem here is the size of the market and the historic lack of results across the board.


The Leafs haven't won a cup or been in the finals since 1967 - and haven't won a playoff series since 2004. 

The Raptors have only qualified for the playoffs 7 times in history - and haven't won a playoff series since 2001.  

The Blue Jays haven't qualified for the playoff since 1993.


This is the 3rd biggest city in North America, and we haven't had anything to celebrate since a first round playoff win in 2004 (although I am not a leafs fan). The media here is overwhelming, but even worse when every team is so bad... The signing of Mike Babcock is overblown but unfortunately the best thing to happen to the Leafs in a long time - as Red Wings fans we understand that he hasn't exactly been turning water into wine, and that he is in fact overrated, but it still represents improvement and direction to a franchise so desperately in need.

#2606343 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 06 May 2015 - 09:50 AM

Maybe you should reread the thread. The majority of people have expressed displeasure about Devellano being honest.

All he did was say something everyone already knows.


The displeasure comes from the fact that he could have kept his mouth shut.  Or if he wants to be honest, why doesn't he "honestly" evaluate his performance as well as that of the other higher-ups?   


Like hey, we can't win a playoff series, our young stars underwhelmed in the playoffs, our defense can't score and our signings/trades turned out poorly.  I like honesty, but Devellano needs to come out and criticize other things and not just Mantha.      

#2609929 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by puckloo39 on 24 May 2015 - 09:49 AM



Interesting thoughts from Malik (and others) about Babcock's ego, among other things.


Why did Mike Babcock leave the Red Wings to take a job with the Maple Leafs?

A) He's tired of having to go to the playoffs every year. He could use the week off.

B) He forgot to renew his work visa.

C) Blue just goes with his eyes better than red does.

D) It's all about the loonies.

#2609778 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by evilmrt on 22 May 2015 - 05:52 PM

I'm excited for both the Wings and the Leafs. Honestly, guys...what is with all the Leafs hate? Nobody who claims to love this game would want Detroit's historic rival to languish in the league basement for decades. I personally look forward to Babcock coaching a team that actually is a challenge for the Wings to play.

#2609737 Babcock says good-bye in full page ad. SIAP

Posted by Playmaker on 22 May 2015 - 02:56 PM

Shanny called Mrs. B personally and said he'd make her feel right at home.

#2609694 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by RedWingsRox on 22 May 2015 - 12:11 PM

OK ... I think it's been over analyzed.  Who the hell cares anymore where Mrs. Babcock and the kids wants to live and how big of a factor it was in deciding.   Ready to lock this thread up and move on.  I doubt anyone can add anything insightful to the fact that Babcock has chosen the Leafs.  

#2609722 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 22 May 2015 - 01:54 PM


As I've already said, I don't think he's a liar.  I think that $50 million dollars is a universal motive.  You can say your decision will be about other things.  You can mean it when you say it.  But when someone offers you 50 million bucks to do something different, you change your mind. 


He said his decision would be based on X,Y,and Z, and then went to a team that didn't have X,Y,and Z but DID offer him the hugest contract. It's pretty simple. 


My problem isn't with Babs.  It's with the way everybody is bending over backward to make excuses for the guy.  Tons of people "do it for the money", he did too.  Why is there some compulsive need to shield Mike Babcock from criticism?  Particularly if the "criticism" isn't even that big of a deal. 

You contradict yourself, though: saying that "He said his decision would be based on X,Y,and Z, and then went to a team that didn't have X,Y,and Z" is calling him a liar


That says money was the motivation. my previous post shows my reading of that.


Yeah, the money was part of the decision. I don't criticize him for that. It also seems like the new challenge was important, coaching for an original 6 franchise, also a place that worked for family (not too far from the D. More power to him if he can also swim in pool of money.

#2609715 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 22 May 2015 - 01:37 PM


You are wrong. 


"To be honest with you, my family wants to stay here, my wife and kids."




And even if she did "see that offer from Toronto and say 'let's go'" then its ABOUT THE MONEY which is what I've been saying. 


But to reiterate, you are wrong about this.  Completely. 

If you watch the Detroit presser, they're keeping the Detroit home and his wife will still be able to be in Detroit. The fact that Toronto and Detroit are 4 hours apart definitely played a part in the decision. He did take his family's input in this decision. I think that's why BUF, TOR, DET were the final options. Anywhere else and they couldn't be so connected to their current home/community of friends. The wife is the boss comment was a joke.


Your trying to pin him down as a liar and make this into a messy breakup thing and it really doesn't seem to fit. He said that money was a factor from the beginning. He said he wants to win, but that doesn't necessarily mean right away. He wouldn't have gone some place that doesn't have a vision/commitment for prolonged success that he believed


He chose to leave and that's fine. From all the pressers I just get a sense that from the beginning he just thought it might be time to move on - a new challenge. On the fan's side many felt a similar thing. Babcock did a lot for the team and I would hate for the legacy to turn into - but he just shunned us and followed the cash. It doesn't seem like that to me.


Watching you run down all his comments and try to pin down inconsistencies demonstrates to me why I think Babcock will have trouble with the Toronto media. He speaks honestly in the moment and not with well planned PR soundbites. 


Anyway, bring on Blashill! this whole thing has made me incredibly excited for next year! It does feel like turning a page and have the possibility of a new energy within the team. 

#2609418 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 21 May 2015 - 01:24 PM



Couldn't restrain myself. Last one.

#2609442 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by nyqvististhefuture on 21 May 2015 - 01:55 PM

Helm to Toronto?
Larkin 3rd line c?!?!?!
This is the only thing I can think of that would make a trade matter for Larkin.

Helm isn't going anywhere , seriously doubt it he can play the wing as well and has a ton of speed

Tell Babs when he comes calling for glendening to pay up a 1st or take a hike lol

#2606574 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 07 May 2015 - 01:40 PM

Is there any way that we can bring Tom Brady on board in some capacity?
No there's a guy who'll do what it takes to win. 

He sucks [air out of] balls