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

20 May 2015 - 01:03 PM

 

*Jim Ross voice* "DEAR GOD KING, IS THAT JOHN TORTORELLA'S MUSIC?!"

 

 

BAH GAWD! THE DETROIT RED WINGS SIGNED A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL HIMSELF!!

 

Holland: I just injected the Red Wings with a lethal dose of POISON!  **nWo music**   lol


In Topic: Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

20 May 2015 - 12:22 PM

Not sure why everyone is so anti-Toronto.  I know that they're division rivals and all, but the Leafs haven't exactly been one of the more stable franchises over the past few decades and they don't have a good young nucleus waiting in the wings for him take over.  Sure its fun coaching an original 6 team, but not as much as as it was in Detroit.


In Topic: Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

20 May 2015 - 07:52 AM

I can understand wanting a challenge, but Buffalo?  I'm kind of surprised.  I figured Babs wanted to win now, not start from the beginning.  Not to mention, Detroit is in sort of a rebuild mode itself.  He must feel like he needs a change in scenery or that his message is falling on deaf ears as this point.


In Topic: Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

19 May 2015 - 01:15 PM

If true, fine by me ... in the end, he wasn't as sought after as he or most people thought.  Toronto, Buffalo, Det were the only true options.  Nothing from Pittsburgh, SJ, Edmonton, St. Louis ... 

 

Guess he's not even close to the 'best coach in the NHL period'.

 

We've been pretty spoiled when it comes to coaches over the past couple decades.  Look around the league, the coaching spot has been a revolving door, meanwhile we have a guy that led a mediocre Ducks team and led them to the Finals, took a Wings team that was in some serious transition after the Yzerman era and made it to the final four 3 times in a row with a Stanley Cup championship.  He also won a couple Gold medals at the Olympics.  Yes, he hasn't done much since recently, but he hasn't had much to work with since either.  Lidstrom, Rafalski and Stuart all left within a couple years and really were never replaced.  Franzen fell apart.  We've been breaking in new goalies ever since Osgood retired.  He's not blameless for the playoff failures of the past few years, but I don't think this lack of success is any indication of how good he is as a coach.  He's done a heck of a lot more than any other active coach in the league.


In Topic: Question for the Board regarding Babcock

19 May 2015 - 01:03 PM

If Babcock says that, the ball is in Holland's court and he wants to keep him.  Or at least I think he does.  So in that scenario he'll stay.  Basically, unless Babcock makes some outrageous demands like full control of player transcactions (essentially eliminating Holland), he'll stay with the Wings if he gives us the final bid.  The only way Babcock doesn't stay is if he goes into Ilitch's office and says "Thank you for everything, but I think its time to move on."