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#2609795 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by wings87 on 22 May 2015 - 08:17 PM

 
Really? I honestly don't remember that play with Renney, and I don't remember hearing Mickey complaining about it like he did this year.


They where running that play even back when Lids was still playing. Mickey didn't complain cause they were actually good at it.


#2609419 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by wings87 on 21 May 2015 - 01:25 PM

It's not a hockey mecca, but don't underestimate Buffalo as a hockey city. They love them some hockey and it is evident when spending time in the city. Also remember Scotty Bowman still calls it "home" (I'm assuming besides his place in FLA), and Patty Kane (along with Foligno and T. Marchant) grew up and started their careers in the Buff. Again, it's not Toronto, DET, MTL, etc...) but they are a very good hockey town. I remember being in town a few weeks after the Wings won the cup in 1998, the Bowman family had a cook-out in their backyard open to anyone who knew (they didn't advertise the get-together in the media or anything like that, but if you knew about the cookout and where they lived, you were welcome), and the only way you knew which house was theirs was a hockey stick stuck dead center in the front yard. It was catered BBQ and the Stanley Cup was present. Pretty cool.


Not knocking Buffalo,it's just that if Babs wins in Toronto he'll be revered. If he had signed with the Sabres and won, sure the city would be happy but nowhere near as insane as Toronto would get.


#2609228 Datsyuk's House

Posted by wings87 on 20 May 2015 - 08:36 PM

Are you trying to suggest that the photos in Putin's mother's apartment weren't already of McGrattan?


I laughed, I cried, then I went and hugged my life sized McGrattan doll.


#2609018 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by wings87 on 20 May 2015 - 01:46 PM

Phil Kessel, do you know what backchecking is? 
 
No? Welcome to the 4th line. 


Might finally be traded. I have the welcome to Detroit banner ready to go.


#2609000 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by wings87 on 20 May 2015 - 01:37 PM

Here's a fun thought.  My how the tables have turned.  Brendan Shanahan is now Mike Babcock's boss.  Awesome. 
 
But seriously, how these two work together will be a key determinant in how well the Maple Leafs do in the future. 
 
But something tells me that a Team President with above average influence, and a coach with above average influence, might not get along.  Especially if the two positions are filled by guys who have historically not gotten along. 


Get Commodore in as assistant coach.


#2608631 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by wings87 on 19 May 2015 - 05:01 PM

Lets get real, if Buffalo offers Babcock 50 mil and Holland offers 20 mil- he'd be out of his mind not to got to Buffalo. I can't blame him if he accepts a contract that's twice the value of the Wings offer. Realistically would any of us turn that down? Anyway it's all speculation until something happens.




#2608620 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by wings87 on 19 May 2015 - 04:26 PM

 

If this is true... Good Freaking Lord

 

Matthew Coller @MatthewWGR  ·  7m 7 minutes ago

A source close to the situation tells me the Sabres' offer is "in the range of $50 million dollars"

 

 

Screw Babcock, I'll take it.




#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. 
 
Puke.


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?


#2608510 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by wings87 on 19 May 2015 - 09:54 AM

 
So now Leaf fans are saying they are the front runners for Blashill....
 
They wonder why they are hated soo much. All I have heard at work today was Babcock is going to Toronto and if not they are going to take our "Other" coach. Yes, they say "Other" coach.


You can't blame them... Blashill is very hard to pronounce. Just be happy your coworkers are housebroken.


#2608489 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

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

What about the fact that the organization itself actually WANTS Babcock?
 
I think people have forgotten the whole scope of this situation and focusing too much on the Babs side of the drama.
 
We have no idea what the players/leadership core want. Blashill or Babcock or someone else.
 
We do know the Holland made official statements that they want to keep Babcock. Do we know if they want him for 1 year? 4? 10? No.
 
We know Babcock wants to see what the options are. Do we actually know if money is the main reason? No. Do we know if he's the one who wants to leave? Does his wife? No.

They can want him all they want, but all a short term deal brings is instability. I'm not saying it's a 1 or 2 year deal, but if it is who does it really benefit? Babcock isn't going to change his coaching style, so it'd be 2 years of the same, and then a new coach would come in and instill his strategy. How does that help the franchise? With a young team there needs to be more stability. Babcock should either stay and continue molding the young guys. Or someone else should. Because changing coaches every couple years, isn't great for the longevity of a franchise. Doesn't matter who wants the deal, I don't think going short is a good idea.


#2608484 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by wings87 on 19 May 2015 - 12:00 AM

I don't get the point of a short term deal. Babcock either wants to stay or he doesn't. The Wings shouldn't be a place holder until a better job comes along.


#2608444 Free agents this off season

Posted by wings87 on 18 May 2015 - 08:18 PM

Some of the 2016 UFA's: E Staal, Stamkos, Kopitar, O'Reilly, Lucic, Seabrook, Yandle, Byfuglien, Kesler, Backus, Ladd, L. Eriksson, Voracek, Perron, E Johnson, L Schenn, B Sutter, Anisimov, Okposo, and several others. If only half of these guys get resigned it is still a great UFA class. try to get 1-2 Dmen and 1 big time forward.


This year's class is soft, but I don't think it's wise to wait for those guys either. You never know who'll be available, when the time comes.


#2608440 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by wings87 on 18 May 2015 - 08:06 PM

 
Lilja will be there to break Babcock's thumbs and make him sign a contract for $1 million a year.  


You messed up the order... he can't sign a contract with broken thumbs.


#2608404 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by wings87 on 18 May 2015 - 05:31 PM

This mediocre team and players finished with 100 points and were leading the entire NHL after 65 games before the collapse. Let me guess, it was just luck we were in first after 65 games and it had nothing to do with our mediocre players. This mediocre team also took Tampa to 7 games and really should have won the series, while mediocre Montreal lost in 6 and mediocre Rangers might go 7 games as well, time will tell.Mediocre is mediocre. Maybe we should suck for the next 3-4 years so we are not mediocre anymore andget top 10 picks. Hopefully our drafting isn't mediocre now.Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


Say anything you want, the fact being is that this team played above their ability for a long time. Then almost blew it. Then Mrazek got hot in the playoffs. I'm an optimistic guy, but to say this is not a mediocre team that overachieved is being too optimistic. The talent level isn't there, but what got them that far is their heart- which is nothing to sneeze at. Couple the heart with some more talent, and we'll have a force on our hands. We're just not their yet.


#2608390 Free agents this off season

Posted by wings87 on 18 May 2015 - 04:26 PM

I'm ready for the offseason to start, can these teams stop playing 7 games? Lets get the season over with.