I've never been one to question Mike Babcock, I think he's a terrific coach.. But was is he thinking playing Cleary 20 minutes and Tatar less than 10?
I don't understand..I really don't. He watches the same game we do, does he not?
Dude, our prospects are overripe because they sit on the bench and learn from greats like Dan Cleary.
You have to be realistic. You can't stay at the level we were at forever. It isn't possible. That so many fans are too young to remember the time before we reached that level is all the more reason to accept it now.
Having a realistic goal like just making the playoffs this year doesn't mean we'll always be satisfied with that. But sometimes, most times if history is any indication, you have to get bad before you find the right pieces to get good again.
I'd feel better if we had one star player under the age of 30, who I could see leading the Wings into the future.
Panic? Nope. This is what I expected this season. I thought going in we would be around .500. finish somewhere between 6th and 10th in the WC. That being said, it still sucks watching this. We are used to competing for Cups. This team is not close.
Oh well, time for bed. Bring on the preds and Go Wings!!!!!!
17 of the last 24 on the road. That is a tough (to quote Micky) ball busting schedule.
And Dan Cleary will be on the powerplay for at least 15 of those games.
People are panicking because of the long-term uncertainty of this team, and the lack of tradeable assets we have. No one is saying we can't make the playoffs, it's just that no one cares. If you have Hockeytown imprinted at center ice, you should have higher goals than just making the playoffs. We made the playoffs last year and barely won a game. Who was satisfied with that?
People are still upset with Holland for doing nothing decent the last few deadlines and offseasons, and won't let it go. Now, I realize Wings fans have high expectations and are stubborn, but that's a good thing and what great franchises should be about. This is the best US based franchise in hockey history, and fans don't want it to go back into the toilet again. Fans are looking for something in the future which suggests being a frequent Cup contender. You have to remember most Wings fans on this site (myself included) have never seen this team not be one of the main contenders.
And before anyone mentions last year's Kings, or the 2006 Oilers, 2004 Flames, etc., we don't have the kind of roster that can make a playoff run as a 7 or 8 seed. You need to have a good defense and a hot goalie to do that. Or be a tough team to play against who outworks opponents every game. We're none of those things.
Why the eff is Cleary still getting powerplay time? I cannot believe Babcock called Fil out to play better when he continues to play Cleary with our top players while he plays like s***. It is time Cleary is off this team for Nyquist... Cleary does nothing.
On another note, the Wings need to get back to playing their game in the 3rd.
Yeah, Cleary's play has made me lose faith that Tampa would be interested in having him in a package in the Stamkos trade.