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#2611085 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by F.Michael on Yesterday, 02:23 PM

The TO fans are just as excited for Babcock as we are for our fresh start.  I don't blame them for thinking that he is going to turn some players around, just like I don't blame us for thinking Blash (I hired) will bring in the fresh new blood and life into the stale line combo's.  BUT, the big difference is, we have seen what a team that was totally Babcock's does.  He took over a Scotty Bowman built team ( I don't count the Dave Lewis years in between) and then after peaking with it in 07-09, pretty much got worse and worse as the years went by.  Not saying that Babs won't a great coach, but it's not like he is coming to a team that is as good as the Wings were when he took over.  Maybe he can turn Kessel and Phaneuf, etc... into consistant winners, but like he said, its going to be a long road.  I have a feeling that Kessel and Phanuef, among others, will not be there if/when the Leafs do win a Cup.  Babs is going to work with management to trade away assets for draft picks and players that will help turn the franchise around.  He said it at the presser, he needs to build the team via the draft and with picks.  Again, I don't blame the fans for being excited, but what they don't realize is and good portion of the current team will not be there within the next couple of years...Then they will see how a Babcock built team plays.  I still don't know if he was given any control of players here, but if he did choose some players, he sure wasn't the best at it.  Of course losing out on Suter was a hard pill to swallow, I think it set his mind moving forward when that happened...

I'm probably one of the few who thinks the Leafs roster isn't half bad - just poor coaching, and media hype have torn that team apart...IMHO their roster is good enough to make the playoffs.

 

If Babs really wants to build thru the draft then the fans better be prepared for several plus years before they'll have a shot at icing a championship team...And even then there's no guarantee of a top notch team via the draft; how many highly regarded prospects/players have come, and gone in the NHL?




#2610980 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by F.Michael on Yesterday, 08:24 AM

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

Agreed.

 

Just think of the difference between a Bolts/Ducks, and a Rags/Hawks ratings for the Cup Finals.




#2610618 The return of The Mule?

Posted by F.Michael on 27 May 2015 - 08:55 AM

IMHO the Mule should hang up his skates, and enjoy spending time with his family.

 

Lord knows he'll never have to work another day in his life; being on LTIR he'll continue to receive  paychecks for what's left of his contract which is what - 4, or 5 more years?




#2609732 Babcock says good-bye in full page ad. SIAP

Posted by F.Michael on 22 May 2015 - 02:28 PM

Best wishes to Mike Babcock, and his family.

 

He's a class act in my humble opinion.

 

No issues from me with his decision.




#2609730 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by F.Michael on 22 May 2015 - 02:22 PM

 

We know what factors were supposed to determine his final decision because over the last three weeks he has explicitly, AND PUBLICLY, stated the things that would factor into his final decision.  It wasn't a secret.  The fact that those things don't seem to exist in Toronto is the confounding part. 

 

I imagine it's because he never thought that he'd get the offer he did from the Maple Leafs, and when he did, it forced him to re-evaluate his priorities.  Which is totally fine.  But you can't accept that as the truth and then say "but it wasn't about the money". 

 

Otherwise, he really was lying when he talked about winning, and family, and "not having the next Dats, Z, Kronwall", and all the rest of that crap.  And as much as I think Babcock is a obnoxious, egotistical, blowhard, I don't think he's a liar. 

 

And that's the last thing I'm saying on the topic of Mike Babcock's decision.  I'm a Wings fan.  I don't give a s*** about the Toronto Maple Leafs, their players, or their coach.  They're all a bunch of losers to me. 

I think it's official.....You hate Mike Babcock :hehe:




#2609445 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by F.Michael on 21 May 2015 - 01:59 PM

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

Agreed.

 

At times Helm was a force to reckon with in the post season...He's finally turning into the player that we had hoped he'd become, but then again - as bad as it sounds - maybe his trade value is at a all time high, and what we get in return will fill a few holes?




#2609285 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by F.Michael on 21 May 2015 - 06:37 AM

Don Cherry's thoughts on the Babs to Leafs:

http://www.sportsnet...llar-for-leafs/

Wonder how many 1970's era sofa's were slaughtered to make that suit?

 

Agree with Grapes...No way would Babs take that job in Toronto unless he has some 'sway' with player personnel...I wonder if Babs will assume an interim role of GM? 




#2609283 Datsyuk's House

Posted by F.Michael on 21 May 2015 - 06:25 AM

I can totally see Datsyuk moving to Moscow and living in one of those giant apartment complexes (yours truly used to live in one too).  

You lived in Moscow?  

 

I didn't realize you were so 'worldly'.....And here I thought you were crashing in your parents basement for the past 10 years :crazy:


Well, I guess I'm busted. Pav is moving in with me.

We have an arrangement wherein he does all the chores I don't like and I do absolutely nothing for him in return. I think it's a pretty sweet deal on his end.

Is this a 'shack job', or is this something more permanent?

 

If I see Dats looking sad on the bench - well that means something is wrong with his home life, and I'm holding you responsible.


 

You don't need to tell me.  I can tell you a Moscow, break-in, apartment story you'd never believe.  

Were the Spetsnaz involved?




#2609138 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by F.Michael on 20 May 2015 - 04:08 PM

Found this gem over on 'Maple Leafs Forever'...

 

 

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#2609046 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by F.Michael on 20 May 2015 - 02:00 PM

Don't sleep on Phil the Thrill.  He may look like a custard filled eclair, but me moves like a god damn antelope. 

2nd best quote of th.....Wait a minute  :g:

 

This might rival Harold's...Only 1 way to determine 'Best Quote of The Day', and that's trial by stone!

 




#2609011 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by F.Michael on 20 May 2015 - 01:41 PM

I won't make that bet.

Agreed.

 

The Leafs roster isn't as bad as many think...They haven't had a good coach since Pat Quinn.




#2608980 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by F.Michael on 20 May 2015 - 01:29 PM

Truth be told the Maple Leafs roster isn't half bad...They haven't had a good coach since Pat Quinn...Me thinks Babs will get them into the playoffs his 1st year there.




#2608958 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by F.Michael on 20 May 2015 - 01:22 PM

Wow - I go take a dump, and come back to see if anything happens...Babs coaching the Leafs.




#2608864 Datsyuk's House

Posted by F.Michael on 20 May 2015 - 12:49 PM

 

Sounds like a married man wrote this post.  :hehe:

Just because I'm on a 'diet' - that doesn't mean I can't look at the 'menu'  :innocent:




#2608835 Datsyuk's House

Posted by F.Michael on 20 May 2015 - 12:36 PM

It's obvious he wants to live with Tatar...Wild late night apartment  parties > secluded subdivision home life.