I gotta disagree with the 1st bold sentence.
I don't think Babcock sucks. He's proven himself in the past. However, it seems like he's had a new challenge the last couple of seasons that he hasn't had to deal with before: complacency and lack of motivation. On paper, the Wings are oozing talent. We should be scoring goals left and right. However, the team has come up flat for the last 5 games. They look tired. In the post game interviews, they look defeated. They blame bounces not going their way. Babcock needs to get this team together, tell them they are all sucking right now, and fix it. Like Electrophile said, make them do suicides until they puke. Go over plays until their eyes glaze over. Bench players. Whatever it takes. Babcock needs to figure out how to light a fire under everyone's ass. And quick.
Talking with fans, and reading through these forums, it seems like we give the team a pass way too often. If they lose, its "early in the season, calm down" or "the refs suck" or "so and so had an off night, they'll bounce back." We've been waiting for Franzen to get his crap together for how many seasons? The young guys need to start stepping up and producing. The veterans need to start playing like they're veterans. I know we're just fans, and who really cares what we think, but maybe this type of thinking has crept into the team, coaches, management, etc? They just look like they don't care anymore.
Maybe I'm just frustrated...
I agree 100% with the 2nd bold sentence.
Scotty would make the players responsible for their play by benching their ass.
He wouldn't be scared to put any line combination out on the ice.
Maybe request a trade for a snarling veteran type on defense, goodbye E and/or Kindl. He loved vets
Put a real physical presence on the top lines so Z and D have room to work.
Getting everyone to buy into the system.
This is pretty much my take on Scotty Bowman as well.
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