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#2609640 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 May 2015 - 10:24 AM

can't wait to see the line of AA-Larkin-Mantha next season in GR! WOW!


...and if Hyman comes here via UFA, oh boy! Katy bar the Door! The rest of the NHL is in trouble!

#2609601 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by FifeHockeyNut on 22 May 2015 - 07:18 AM

Our next coach! Hows that for motivation.

I have watched this at least 10 times over the last year.

#2609628 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by marcaractac on 22 May 2015 - 09:28 AM

I honestly don't think he'll be in Grand Rapids all that long. There's going to be an adjustment period, but he's probably the most complete prospect (or, at least, 18-year-old) we've had in a very long time.
The one thing that might really hold him back is how many bottom-six type forwards we have in the system. Unless the powers that be get to thinking he could really work as a top-six forward (sort of a Helm or Sheahan or Abdelkader dealy), they may just say, "Y'know what, there's no real rush." Or maybe one or two of those bottom-six type guys get traded and getting Larkin into the lineup as, say, a fourth-liner seems to make sense for the team and for Larkin's development track.

Agreed. While I don't expect him to make the wings out of camp, i think there is a decent chance he earns his way up before the season ends

#2609445 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by F.Michael on 21 May 2015 - 01:59 PM

Helm isn't going anywhere , seriously doubt it he can play the wing as well and has a ton of speed

Tell Babs when he comes calling for glendening to pay up a 1st or take a hike lol



At times Helm was a force to reckon with in the post season...He's finally turning into the player that we had hoped he'd become, but then again - as bad as it sounds - maybe his trade value is at a all time high, and what we get in return will fill a few holes?

#2609153 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by Euro_Twins on 20 May 2015 - 04:29 PM

Also Babcock had lots of Stanley cup contenders. He just only had the team making any real noise twice in the playoffs. But what about when he couldn't get some of the best players in the world to the finals until 2008 and in 2010

#2608513 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by wings87 on 19 May 2015 - 10:12 AM

This is like an episode of The Bachelor".  Everybody is waiting to see if Mike will give Ken Holland the rose. 

Yeah, except instead of a rose its a Maple Leaf.

Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie  ·  8m 8 minutes ago

As an analyst, based on what we've seen/heard, the prevailing sentiment is Babcock will stay in DET. That appears to be conventional wisdom
Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie  ·  5m 5 minutes ago

But I have to tell you, based strictly on not much more than instincts, I could see Babcock ending up in BUF. Like I said, just a hunch.
Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie  ·  4m 4 minutes ago

If I had to bet big bucks of my own money, I'd probably wager DET. If I could lay down a loonie or twoonie with a big payoff, I'd pick BUF.

How many personalities does Bob have?

#2608326 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by GoWings1905 on 18 May 2015 - 12:27 PM

Matt Shepard ‏@ShepMatt 2m2 minutes ago

according to @pham1717 the Sabres have offered Babcock north of 5-mill


Writer who follows the Sabres... Talking to Shep right now... Wow, that's a lot of dough


That's insane for a coach. I want Blashill anyways, so take the money and run Babs. 

#2608110 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by Mckinley25 on 16 May 2015 - 11:12 AM

Babcock did mentor Blashill as an assistant.  Seems many here forget Blashill was an assistant coach with the Wings for a year in the 11-12 season and then was...sent down...promoted? to head coach of the Griffins. 

I dont think people forget that, it gets brought up all the time.

I'm certain Blashill is in the best spot to replace Babcock if he leaves, particularly if the Griffins do well, although that may not matter.

#2608098 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by F.Michael on 16 May 2015 - 01:03 AM

On a side note, I do think he's a great coach, but I would trade him for Quenville if that was an option. I'm hesitant to want him gone because I don't know what better options there are, which admittedly is influenced by ignorance, I'm not an authority on coach talent. But if coaches do have shelf lives, I don't think we're a new coach away from a Stanley cup, so if roster adjustments are made as well I wouldn't be too sad to try something new.



Babs is arguably the hottest available coaching commodity hence all the speculation (also keep in mind Toronto wants him badly).


I'm indifferent overall...Part of me thinks this team needs some fresh ideas, and maybe a style better suited for what players we have...Then again - is there anyone available that can get the most outta a team that appears to have a 'ordinary' roster?

#2608016 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 May 2015 - 03:45 PM

I just feel like bringing back Babs is more status quo and that's the last thing the Wings organization needs right now. As good of a coach as Babs is, we need some fresh ideas and a new voice. The Wings are not going to fall off a cliff without him around -- they have won one playoff series in four years, so it's not like Blashill has some monumental task of taking over a juggernaut.

Sometimes a great coach just isn't the right fit for a team anymore and that's where I think Babcock stands at the moment. I won't be overly upset if he stays, but I do hope he moves on for the best of the organization going forward.

#2607989 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by kipwinger on 15 May 2015 - 01:58 PM

You'd think don cherry could just write this as an article and give it to someone to run.



He chooses not to write anything at all.  Writing was invented by foreigners. 

#2607932 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by darkmanx on 15 May 2015 - 07:20 AM

Bert scored both goals?


Whenever highlights pop up, could someone kindly post here?


#2607892 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 14 May 2015 - 10:03 PM

Both were dirty goals. First was a tip-in. OT goal was a rebound. That's what I love most about this kid. He goes to the dirty areas and gets rewarded. Don't be fooled though, kids got some pretty decent wheels, hands and shot as well. Very excited to see Little Bert in the Winged Wheel in a few years.

#2606572 Franzen on IR

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 07 May 2015 - 01:36 PM

This is something that the various PA's need to address. Come up with a mandatory max number a player can have before being forced to retire. Sometimes with the money involved players have to be protected from themselves.

Not sure that would be a good idea. Players that didn't want to retire would just lie about having concussions. Also, it would be to hard to come up with a number since concussions have different levels of severity and are hard to measure. I also think they should have control of when they want to stop. They have doctor's advising them on their health.


Some kind of concussion relief fund would be good, though. For Franzen's case, he would still get paid, right, if he went on LTIR.

#2606722 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by F.Michael on 08 May 2015 - 11:49 AM


Yeah right.  It's like banging the same girl.  You get tired after a while and want a new one.  Not sure why he'd want to stay. 

Maybe that girl is cute, has a nice smile, shares the same interest as he does, gets him a beer & rubs his back after some lovin?


Nuthin is worse than finding out the new girl isn't in the same league as the old.



Holland has spoken to the media. Apparently the Wings drafted a "letter of compensation" that teams must sign if they want to have serious discussions with Babcock. They'll get a 3rd round pick. Also, it seems like this window closes May 25th.

From my understanding - it's the 3rd round pick for 3 seasons (3 picks in all).