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#2544813 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by VM1138 on 28 October 2014 - 12:53 PM

Playoffs for the Wings last year was a miracle.  2003 was a miracle.  And no other team, stacked or not, has made back to back Cup appearances recently except Pittsburgh.

#2544730 10/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Flyers 4

Posted by VM1138 on 27 October 2014 - 08:20 AM

I didn't get to see the game but I have to seriously question why people are jumping on the defense now, when they've been the strong point all season.  Yes, they need to score more, but the whole team does.  Unfortunately, I don't think players just magically gain the ability to stop hesitating when they shoot the puck, or to start thinking creatively with the puck.  Babcock has created such a defense-focused team that every player who comes here has their offense reduced to unacceptable levels.  There needs to be a middle ground or a balance between offense and defense.  I don't like that we've become the Minnesota Wild of the late '00s.

#2544329 10/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Flyers 4

Posted by VM1138 on 25 October 2014 - 12:01 PM

I like Sheahan with Datsyuk better than Abdelkader.

#2544328 Rating the Defense through 6 games

Posted by VM1138 on 25 October 2014 - 11:56 AM

Agreed. It's hard to say Smith's sometimes questionable positioning would hurt when the power play can't get any worse. Worst case scenario things stay the same. Best car, it works and Smith flourishes.

#2544167 10/23 GDT : Penguins 3 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by VM1138 on 24 October 2014 - 08:43 AM

I don't ever really notice Crosby much when he plays us. He usually gets some points but never seems to really impact the games. Zetterberg does a great job of keeping him under control.

#2544103 10/23 GDT : Penguins 3 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by VM1138 on 23 October 2014 - 10:29 PM

It may just be October but this was one of the harder schedules for us all year. We played mostly all top tier teams and are hanging at the top. Definitely a good sign but obviously no one is planning the parade yet.

#2544099 future captains?

Posted by VM1138 on 23 October 2014 - 10:21 PM

I've envisioned Nyquist. He handles himself well in public. Seems a lot like Z was back in the day.

#2542104 Weiss

Posted by VM1138 on 18 October 2014 - 11:38 AM

The thing that bugs me is that while Weiss didn't impress Babcock apparently, he's not terrible.  Maybe he didn't live up to his potential in his 26 games with us--though I still think that's because he played through injury--but he never hurt the team while he was on the ice like Cleary did.  He's got to get some playing time, but with Franzen OK and Datsyuk coming back soon, there's just no way he's going to see ice time if he's waiting for injuries. Honestly I'd rather see Weiss play than Nestrasil, but since they play different positions that probably doesn't matter.

#2541833 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by VM1138 on 17 October 2014 - 07:20 PM

Franzen looks fine. 

#2541829 Toronto Radio: Illitch is selling everything and Babs will be Leafs GM

Posted by VM1138 on 17 October 2014 - 07:18 PM

I'm betting that's what we call 'clickbait.'  The Babcock part seems absolutely absurd and reeks of Toronto delusions.  Maybe Illitch sells the franchises (maybe the arena was the last legacy he wanted to leave) but that seems pretty bizarre, too.  With his family so involved in the resurrection of Detroit just saying 'peace out' when things are finally moving seems a little weird. I call BS on this story.

#2540845 Jeff Petry; trade between us and oilers

Posted by VM1138 on 15 October 2014 - 03:37 PM

Unless he doesn't get playing time here so he welcomes the chance to play somewhere....


Weiss spent his career on a struggling bottom feeder team.  He got out. He's not going to go back to that situation if he can help it, regardless of playing time.  He's probably frustrated but he knows the chance is good he'll get a shot to play.  Him sitting is just too weird for me, I don't see it the same as Samuelsson's constant scratch status, for example.  He probably sees it that way, too.

#2540657 Jeff Petry; trade between us and oilers

Posted by VM1138 on 14 October 2014 - 03:32 PM

Copper and Blue website article about Petry being scratched.


Apparently this is pretty unusual.  Trouble between Eakins and Petry?  Fans seem to consider Petry their best defender, and it sounds like the "no training camp/not up to speed" argument doesn't hold a lot of water.


EDIT: We've also been linked to talks about Petry dating back to July, so there's apparently some history. But there are other teams in the mix, if trading him is even being considered by Edmonton.  There's been no hints or confirmation about their willingness, just news that teams have inquired.

#2540199 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 11 October 2014 - 08:38 PM

Why does this kind of s*** always happen against the Ducks? What a let down NHL, after a exciting game to end it like that? blahhhhhh....


Honestly it's just because games against the Ducks are always crazy.  These two teams grind each other down and the games are usually very close, meaning that every mistake on the part of a player or a ref is going to be magnified.

#2539914 Jeff Petry; trade between us and oilers

Posted by VM1138 on 11 October 2014 - 07:00 PM

Honestly, who cares if his contract expires next year? It's all a ruse to get rid of Kindl, and if Babcock has no intention of playing Weiss, then it's no loss.  If Petry walks then we just have a ton of cap space to chase someone.  But I don't know anything about this Petry guy, but as a roster clearer it makes sense.

#2539697 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by VM1138 on 10 October 2014 - 09:24 AM

I wouldn't assume that.  It's pretty clear he wants to be in control of his career, like Bowman was.  He'll want to take it year by year and see how the franchise is developing.  If we have a good year (improvement over last year) and change to a more exciting youthful style of play I think he'll stay.


They're not going to negotiate during the season, so the fact that he hasn't re-signed means little to me.