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In Topic: It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

25 May 2015 - 02:18 PM

After watching his goodbye to the media, I can say that Babcock is such a great person. Not only was he a great coach for us, for 10 years, but he was simply a good person. Everyone got so worked up about him taking too long, but if you were watching him, you could tell how upset he is to be leaving Detroit. He cared for these players, he acknowledged that players like Nick, Pav and Hank were a huge reason for his success. He talked about how the organization is set up for tons of backup plans, he talked about how he has been spoiled, about how his kids have grown up here and how they are now moving away for school. The guy is just good and any team in the league becomes better if he is the man in charge of the bench.

 

I have had the benefit of meeting Mike Babcock 3 separate times when the team I coached got to play at Joe Louis. Mike made it a point of his day to always come see the kids before their games (even while he was preparing for the Wings game). He would come in, introduce himself, talk to the kids about hockey, ask them what their favourite team was and so on. Just such a classy guy. Oddly enough, for the kids who said their favourite team was the Leafs, Mike joked around and said he was 'sorry to hear' haha.

 

I wish he was coming back, but at the same time I embrace change and I look forward to Blash and seeing what he can do to get our team going a step further. 


In Topic: The Red and White Authority

23 May 2015 - 03:05 PM

In the last episode Kevin Allen mentioned that he believes Kenny will try hard to sign Green.

 

And they both brought up some excellent points:

 

- With Babcock gone, how does that change what Kenny does with certain players? Players like Kindl (who I do not like), Weiss, Jurco who were for sure in Babs' doghouse and potential trade candidates may get a 2nd look at by Kenny and Blash. I still say we should give Weiss another chance to be our 2nd line Center (the role he was always meant to have but never given the chance) and I think Blash will really get Jurco going. If we can sign Green and get Weiss and Jurco going under Blash, that will be much better for our team. So it was a very interesting point

 

- Another interesting thing they brought up was players relationships with Blash and significantly Mrazek (who came in and turned the Griffs season around and won the Calder Trophy for Blash) and Howard. Basically they talked about what we already know, that Petr will likely be the guy getting more starts this season. They have, in previous episodes, debated the possibility of the Wings trading Howard, however like most of us, they see the Wings holding onto him for now, but overall in the previous episode they talked about how Jimmy has known the day was coming that Petr would take over.


In Topic: The Red and White Authority

23 May 2015 - 02:45 PM

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Especially Kevin Allen seems really locked in on most things regarding Red Wings, even inside info.

 

Yes they do. They talk about things that I always talk about and wonder about with my friends, so in a way I get a lot of my answers. I always laugh when Art starts the show with his same line "Well hello again everyone..." haha.


In Topic: The Red and White Authority

23 May 2015 - 11:03 AM

Just making a heads up for this youtube cast that has been going along for a while. Arthur Regner and Kevin Allen discuss all things Red Wings, usually for over an hour a time. I was astounded at the low watch numbers. I do recommend the show.

 

I am in no way affiliated with their show, just think some here would like it. Anyway, here goes:

Link:

https://www.youtube....r/Areg75/videos

 

I love watching this everytime it is on. Both have them have inside info on the Red Wings and they discuss things that the normal media is afraid to discuss such as Jimmy Howard vs. Petr Mrazek (when the problem first began and was being ignored), and they speculate based on accurate sources and such. All in all I enjoy watching it and I just feel like they are completely honest unlike most media. I as well suggest them to anyone who likes the Red Wings.


In Topic: Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

21 May 2015 - 02:42 PM

I disagree. I think this is a special player we have and we have an opportunity to let him play a couple seasons on the same team as Pavel Datsyuk, much like Pav got to play with Stevie and Shanny. Let Larkin player and learn from Pav.