I was kind of hoping Hiller would go with Babs. Blash has his PP guy in the minors, would like to see him come up and give us a different look. In Khan's article it says Granato has some interest in staying, I hope Blash keeps him. Really liked the PK, and given the personnel, the D wasn't as bad as it probably should've been.
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.
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.
Blech. I feel like the focus on statistics and fancy stats is ruining sports for me. It's turning away from a competition of will, luck, opportunity and whatnot and turning into a predictable pseudo-science.
I'm not a huge fan of "advanced" stats because they're so often abused, but it doesn't sound like what this is about.
And I've always thought a big part of Lidstrom's success was his ability to make the right play so consistently. He put up a lot of points but played pretty conservatively. Then if the Wings were down in key games is when you'd suddenly see Lids jumping into the play on offense. He was a coach's dream because he played the percentages, and usually correctly.
Hopefully the first time TO is in Detroit, the organization puts together a nice presentation for him, so the fans can cheer and say goodbye. Maybe just his picture on the scoreboard and announcer saying that the fans and team would like to thank him for 10 years of great hockey! Crowd erupts, Babcock cries, then Mrazek shut's out the leafs....perfect night.
I don't think we need to land a top guy. We've already got Kronwall. We just need to upgrade, where possible.
Look at Tampa Bay's defense. Yzerman was criticized pretty heavily for wrapping up so much money in non-impact defensemen like Carle, Stralman, Garrison, and Coburn. None of those guys are really "top guys", but collectively they're better than any other alternative Tampa had. And they're playing good enough to win.
I am very excited to see what Blashill can do with this team. But what I am most excited about is there are no guarantees where players will line up on the roster... Will Ericsson remain on the top pair? Will Smith get a look on the power-play? Will Weiss have a chance at the 2nd line center spot? Will Jurco be in the top 6(9)? Will Pulkkinen be utilized better in the offensive zone (left side faceoff circle), Will Abdelkader / Helm remain in the top 6 (not necessarily saying they shouldn't...)? Will Ferraro / Callahan get a look on the 4th line? A lot of question marks... Going to be an exciting training camp. Can't wait!!!