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!!!
And even if she did "see that offer from Toronto and say 'let's go'" then its ABOUT THE MONEY which is what I've been saying.
But to reiterate, you are wrong about this. Completely.
If you watch the Detroit presser, they're keeping the Detroit home and his wife will still be able to be in Detroit. The fact that Toronto and Detroit are 4 hours apart definitely played a part in the decision. He did take his family's input in this decision. I think that's why BUF, TOR, DET were the final options. Anywhere else and they couldn't be so connected to their current home/community of friends. The wife is the boss comment was a joke.
Your trying to pin him down as a liar and make this into a messy breakup thing and it really doesn't seem to fit. He said that money was a factor from the beginning. He said he wants to win, but that doesn't necessarily mean right away. He wouldn't have gone some place that doesn't have a vision/commitment for prolonged success that he believed
He chose to leave and that's fine. From all the pressers I just get a sense that from the beginning he just thought it might be time to move on - a new challenge. On the fan's side many felt a similar thing. Babcock did a lot for the team and I would hate for the legacy to turn into - but he just shunned us and followed the cash. It doesn't seem like that to me.
Watching you run down all his comments and try to pin down inconsistencies demonstrates to me why I think Babcock will have trouble with the Toronto media. He speaks honestly in the moment and not with well planned PR soundbites.
Anyway, bring on Blashill! this whole thing has made me incredibly excited for next year! It does feel like turning a page and have the possibility of a new energy within the team.
Since '10 we haven't gotten through the second round.
As a "special consultant". You know who else is a "special consultant" to the Red Wings. Chelios and Lidstrom. It would be a stretch to attribute the team's successes or failures to "special consultants".
You're reaching dude.
You can search the entire world over, and you will not find ANYONE who's a better NHL General Manager than Holland. He's got the hardware to prove it. He is, literally, the most accomplished executive in the business. Period. Fin.
So I'm not really sure what you're trying to do here, say that he should be replaced with someone better? There isn't anyone. Demonstrably so. Or are you saying that he's really not that good, and that his underlings did all the work? Which would be silly, because the team was arguably MORE successful when he was the underling.
No matter how you cut it, he's the most competent person at his job...by af****** mile.
The series goes to 7 games. The first 6 are 1-0. All goals are scored when the puck bounces off someone standing in front of the net pointing a finger at an opposing player and whining about something.
By game 7, they have all learned to stand and cry without pointing. In the intermission before the 7th overtime of a 0-0 game, Steve Yzerman visits the locker room and asks to speak to Filppula. He has brought with him a medium who looks deeply into Flip's dreamy... blue... ey...........
Oh, sorry. But. Those eyes...
She asks him to recall a previous life. She sees the colour red. He blinks. He stares at Yzerman. He sees the Cup Rings on Yzerman's hand. Where has he seen that before?
Then it comes to him! The heart of a Bolt remembers! It is transformed into the heart of a Wing!
And what happened next? Well, in Whoville, they say, that Filppula's balls grew three sizes that day!
He skates onto the ice, wins the face-off, takes the puck himself, skates between the Canadiens players who are crying about an unfair puck drop.
He scores, winning the series for the Lightning. A breathless Cooper asks him, "How did you do it?" Filppula proudly replies, "I'm a Red Wing! I cheated."
Then they go on to get blown away in the next series and we all live happily ever after. The end.
They came to play tonight. Didn't do their way. Enjoyed the season. It wouldn't shock me to hear Z and D are both battling injuries. As always, an interesting off season. More than anything, I'm just bummed no more Red Wings hockey until October I wanted it to last just a little longer.
I am so freaking amped up already. I work right next to the Verizon Center in D.C. and last night there were Caps and Islanders fans all over the place going NUTS for the game. I haven't been able to relax since then. Today would only be better if I were in Detroit.
Wings win. 3-1. Goals by Sheahan, Kronwall, and an empty netter by Glendening. Screw Tampa. The Wings rule! Detroit rules! Lafayette coneys rule!