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#2611088 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by marcaractac on 28 May 2015 - 02:29 PM

I'm probably one of the few who thinks the Leafs roster isn't half bad - just poor coaching, and media hype have torn that team apart...IMHO their roster is good enough to make the playoffs.


If Babs really wants to build thru the draft then the fans better be prepared for several plus years before they'll have a shot at icing a championship team...And even then there's no guarantee of a top notch team via the draft; how many highly regarded prospects/players have come, and gone in the NHL?


They could make the playoffs, but they are so far away from sustained success and being a legit cup threat. If they keep the team as is, they will draft the way we have been, except only at the start of building the farm. They need to trade their big names for picks and prospects now and suck for a while. Unlike us, they don't have the time or the luxury of taking a few years to develop later draft picks. They would linger in mediocrity for years more. 

#2611086 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 28 May 2015 - 02:24 PM

Theres no way it can be a huge difference.
He's been running the same systems, he knows the kids on the team well, and the vets that are here have been here long enough to not have to worry about how they get along with blash, who knows the respect they've earned.

The kids aren't going to play worse for him, so its just a different voice.
Kind of....

They do legitimately sound the exact same.


This sums up with what I've been trying to say in much less words. I'm an engineer. I suck with words. I can explain the s*** out of things with drawings though

#2611057 Sabres hire Dan Bylsma as head coach

Posted by marcaractac on 28 May 2015 - 01:21 PM

Thank goodness. Put any potential Bylsma to Detroit stuff to rest. 

#2611043 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 28 May 2015 - 12:57 PM

There is always a strong correlation between a new coach and improved play. The key is too look at why teams usually go with a new coach. Compare it to the Wings situation, and it is completely different. The Wings were gonna be better this season whether it is Babs or Blash behind the bench. Blash is just the best option for keeping things going in the right direction with the departure of Babcock. 

#2611024 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 28 May 2015 - 11:43 AM


SimonSin is the master of doom n gloom, I still have much to learn of his ways.


No, I'm really not. I think it's alarming how happy people are that the best coach in the game jumped ship and is being replaced by an inexperienced question mark.


It'd be like if Datsyuk left for Russia tomorrow, and we decided to replace him in the lineup next season with Mantha. Giving Mantha matching playing time, on the top line, etc, etc. Sure Mantha could be really good in that spot next season, but he could also be really bad, or maybe just mediocre. At the end of the day it's probably just be better to hold onto Datsyuk.


Let's face it, we got stuck with plan B.


Plan A > Plan B


I think there is no harm in being excited. It's something new. Sure there is a small chance it can be really bad. But in the end, even if Babs stayed, he wasn't gonna coach forever. The team is about as best suited to replace a coach as a team can possibly be. 


I agree that keeping Babs would have been the best option. But he is gone. I'm not gonna dwell on it. Just gonna be excited to see what Blash can do. He may be option B, but he is a damn fine option B. 

#2611019 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 28 May 2015 - 11:26 AM

Godcock, wow. This place sometimes.

So those of you that watch the Griffins regularly, does Blashill have a discernible coaching style? Does he talk about his methodology? Is he well spoken, intelligent?


His voice is literally identical to Babcock's. Realgud. 

#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.