I liked our compete level, we got more shots on goal, that's something that we talked about. It's a race to 4, we got one, they got one ... that's hockey. We'll regroup and head back home and work on a couple more things and be ready to go.
I agree with OP's opening statement. Fan doesn't mean just support through anything and not calling them out when they are playing below their ability or with no heart. Fan can expect excellence, hard work every night, and the upholding of the Red WIngs tradition.
I get that sometimes we lose but if they give an honest effort and they lose, that's hockey, that's sports ... I'm perfectly fine with that. But when they sleep for 20 mins and get down 0-2 and then play hockey for next 40 mins but can't equalize, and lose ... that deserves some sh*t raising.
Can't believe people are thinking his stock is dropping. If the Wings don't re-sign Babcock there will be a line-up of teams for his services.
Babs is a best coach period. This team is built soft and small, Errorson and Quincy are our top 4 def which is bad.
2011 - 2nd round loss to San Jose
2012 - 1st round loss to Nashville
2013 - 2nd round loss to Chi
2014 - 1st round loss to Bos
Babs is a good coach but he is not anywhere near the best coach 'period'. Sutter and Quennville might be the best coaches in the last 5 years. Yes, I know there will be teams lining up for him but personally, I think Babs is overrated. He is good but certainly not the best. When was the last time he won a Cup?
Why throw $5m/yr to have him take you to round 1 or 2 ... plenty of coaches can do that for you. Bylsma got fired for that.
To those who keep on posting that fans don't deserve anything or fans are not entitled to anything, look ... when pro athletes win the championship, who are the first people that they thank or dedicate the trophy to? I have heard so many pro athletes speak of the fans and how they play for them. On the other side of the coin, from the pro athlete side, they seem to know the value of loyal fans, they appreciate the fans.
Here is what fans are entitled to ... an honest effort every night that the players go out on the ice. You can reduce it to something as simple as that. Do they deserve a championship every year ... of course not, only one team wins that but fans who buy tickets, buy their merchandise, watch them on TV (and indirectly contribute to the mega TV deals to NHL) deserve a good effort every night. Believe me, I'm reasonable. If they put in an honest effort and lose, I'd understand.
So the reason why this post was started was because it was obvious that over the last month, the team has not given their best effort every night ... not even close. And if we are dangerously close to falling out of a playoff spot. That is unacceptable given where they were at the beginning of March. The team needs to be held accountable ... not by some silly thread on a forum board but they need to know that they are not putting in an honest day's work and they need to work harder.
So please stop with your 'fans don't deserve anything' high and mighty reprimands. Save it for when you go out to dinner, pay good money, and get crap on a plate. See if that mantra works in the real world.