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#2611012 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 28 May 2015 - 11:02 AM

Tons of coaches have been hired, mid season and with the exact same roster, and dramatically improved the team thereafter.  Bylsma did it.  Sutter did it.  Hitchcock did it.  Boudreau did it.  Therrien did it.  Laviolette did it. 


Literally the exact same roster.  Better results.  I don't know why people think that Blashill can't get better results with the same team.  Or why any improvement must be attributed to internal growth.  It's not like this is some unheard of thing. 


These are also always situations where the teams fired previous coaches due to being in a tail spin. That was not the case with Babs and Detroit. The team wasn't s***ting the bed or badly under performing. At worst they played to their potential. 


If Blash can have them continue playing to their potential, great! But he isn't gonna suddenly turn them into a cup winning team. It will take more than just coaching to do that. We had a coach that could get the job done before. I also feel like we still will going forward. 


With Babs coaching this team, they were never at any point out-coached. Out played? Overmatched? Sure. Come up short? Sure. But never out coached. If anything the Wings at times overachieved with the help of Babs doing the outchoaching. Q had no answers for Babs when we went up 3-1 on Chicago a couple years back. It was Chicago taking their game and deeper roster to that next level that allowed them to come back. 


Don't get me wrong. I'm excited for the Blashill era. I'll also miss Babs being around. But I have no doubts Blash can become a great NHL coach. But people just need to keep expectations in check. The team should improve next year based on experience alone. Blash just needs to have them playing the way they can to reach that. Blash vs Babs is something that can only be judged after a few seasons. Not just one. I have no doubt the team will buy in to the new coach. But it's not like they were tuning Babs out. This team worked their asses off for Babs. They made mistakes, they've at times struggled, but they've always played hard. We've been lucky to have Babs for 10 years, and we are lucky to have a guy like Blashill groomed to take the reigns. Reasons like this are just one of many at why Holland is great at what he does. 

#2610426 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by marcaractac on 26 May 2015 - 07:02 PM

Hey everyone, I would like to see a few things up that should of have happened the season before this one. 1) Get rid of Holland or demote him to a position in the organization where he has no input on signing, advising, or can even make a freaking suggestion about a player!. 2) Do whatever to send Weiss on his way and get rid of that ridiculous contract he has if we can't get rid of him and shed the full contract do something to at least shed off at the worst case half of it. 3) Sign a right handed defense-men who can make a impact, gritty up in your face and can hang with opposing teams top guys. 4) Trade Jimmy asap! dude sucks and is not anywhere near " Starting Goalie " status. Let the young gun Mrazek take over and make him the official #1 net minder.  I am at the point after this most recent first round exit to say screw making the playoffs every year just so we can say we have the longest active streak of playoff appearances in north american sports. Last time i check the point of playing the game was to win the cup, not keep making the playoffs every year just to get knocked out in the first round! It's time for a big shake up in Hockeytown like it or not. The time is now!! I wanna see my Wings hoisting cups again! 


You lost me at #1. 

#2610408 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by marcaractac on 26 May 2015 - 02:25 PM


This series reminds me of how fun hockey used to be back when goalies sucked.  These two goalies look like they're playing in the 80's.  


Well, they did sweep the Wild, so they got plenty of rest in that series to make up for the overtime games.  


Maybe the 2015 playoffs of s***ty goalies will raise Jimmy's trade value. 

#2610400 At what point does the GM deserve credit/blame?

Posted by marcaractac on 26 May 2015 - 01:01 PM

If a GM comes in to a successful franchise and maintains success, they deserve credit. 100%. A few careless moves and the core of a great team can fall apart.


If a GM comes into a mess and can't show any progress after a 2-3 years (even improving at the AHL level is a start), they are at fault. It's a case of if you're not a part of the solution, you're a part of the problem. 


If a GM comes into a success and turns it into a mess, well, that speaks for itself.

#2610197 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by marcaractac on 25 May 2015 - 11:06 PM

That last goal was pure fluke, thats all.

All teams score fluke goals. Part of the game.

#2610192 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by marcaractac on 25 May 2015 - 11:01 PM

These two teams are quite awful for where we are in the playoffs.

I see it s teams being that good they got this far despite poor goaltending. It's insane. 3/4 goalies left are so capable of s***ting the bed any given night. Makes me thankful for the tandem we have.

#2610163 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by marcaractac on 25 May 2015 - 10:20 PM

Bishop has 2 now.

In nearly 3X the games

#2609998 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by marcaractac on 24 May 2015 - 10:21 PM

Indeed. I just don't see Jimmy as the best man for the job in Motown. I feel comfortable that McCollum will be a more than capable backup too.

You lost me at McCollum, but I agree on Jimmy. We need a vet backup for Mrazek when the time comes. McCollum will likely be a career ahler who gets nhl time during injuries.

#2609995 ECF : Tampa Bay Former Rangers vs. New York New Rangers

Posted by marcaractac on 24 May 2015 - 09:35 PM

Rags aren't done yet, folks.

#2609979 ECF : Tampa Bay Former Rangers vs. New York New Rangers

Posted by marcaractac on 24 May 2015 - 07:49 PM

anybody watching?  Besides me, I mean. 

I'm watching this and the griffin's game at once

#2609949 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by marcaractac on 24 May 2015 - 01:23 PM


Get Howard back to pre injury form and use him as trade bait.  


Exactly. I'm hoping both our goalies have a great year, so we can trade Howard in the offseason. Get a cheap, veteran back up next summer and yay cap space! Or even at the trade deadline if there is a non playoff team in need of a goalie with a player we could really use.

#2609947 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by marcaractac on 24 May 2015 - 01:16 PM


Because he came back from a bad injury and couldn't regain his pre-injury form in time ?


Even if he does regain that form, Mrazek isn't gonna sit on the bench for 60 games. 

#2609940 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by marcaractac on 24 May 2015 - 12:14 PM

To answer the question: No, Howard is the number 1


Then why was he sitting on the bench in the playoffs? Not saying he won't be the number 1, but that question is very much up in the air and there is a chance we might not even have a final answer until April when game 1 begins. 


In the end, I think Mrazek either runs away with it, or they both do well and split time. I just can't see the upcoming season happening with Howard being the clear number 1. 

#2609939 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by marcaractac on 24 May 2015 - 12:12 PM

None of us know what is going to happen. But what would you do if he doesn't want to resign? keep him 1 more year and have him walk for nothing, or move him for more assets? never an easy choice. Then there is the cap side. Yes he is great, but what does 10+ million do to your roster? 


The best move would be to have a good chat with him the summer before the final year of his contract and see where his head is at. If he wants more than you can pay, start shopping him. As great as Stamkos is, the depth/picks/prospects the team could get for him would still keep that team realgud for a very long time. 10.5 mil eats up a lot of cap. Comes down to whether you want that 10.5 superstar, or a couple realgud players that give the team more depth. Either way, what to do with Stamkos is a pretty good problem for a team to have. Especially if part of a trade is agreeing on a long term deal to the team being traded to. 

#2609832 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by marcaractac on 23 May 2015 - 02:13 AM

Just realized M-raz is still leading goalies in shutouts for the playoffs with 2. Not too shabby.