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

21 May 2015 - 07:49 AM

Babcock stuck with us for quite a while.  We did good with him.


It's sports, people don't typically spend their entire career with one team.


Thanks for the memories Bab's, and good luck*!


(*as long as you're not playing against us or battling for that 8th spot with us).

In Topic: Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

09 May 2015 - 07:52 PM

Letting him look is smart.  If he's got something lined up, I'm sure he'll let the Wings know, and then they can know if they need to be searching for a coach.


I hope he stays with us, but I wish him well.  He's done good for us.

In Topic: At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

02 May 2015 - 09:24 PM


How do you define "competitive"?  Making the playoffs every year and losing in the early round?


If so, then I agree that we're competitive.


Since when do we need to measure team success against Edmonton and Buffalo?   


How do you define "competitive"?  Winning the Stanley Cup every year?


Holland's Wings are competitive.  They win more than they lose.  They go to the playoffs, EVERY YEAR.  They're just a couple players away from a championship team.


There are 30 teams.  30 GMs.


53% chance of making the playoffs

27% chance of making it to the second round

13% chance of making it to the conference finals

7% chance of making it to the cup finals

3% chance of winning the cup


Under Holland since '97, this is how we've done:

100% - Made Playoffs

64% - made it to second round

31% - made it to conference finals

25% - made it to Stanley Cup finals

19% - won Stanley Cup



It's time for people to chill.  You can't always win, but damn, we sure do win more than we don't.

In Topic: At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

01 May 2015 - 02:35 PM

And also, why is making the playoffs the gold standard in Hockeytown now? When did that happen?


Getting into the post-season is quite nice.  Yes, first round exists suck, but it happens.  Someone gets to win, and someone gets to lose.  I love the Wings, but they can't win every year.  This isn't a video game where you can turn the difficulty down until you win almost every game.


If our goal is going deeper into the playoffs, then yes, we'll need to make changes.  We were pretty healthy this year and we didn't get it done.

In Topic: At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

30 April 2015 - 08:56 AM

At what point does Holland get blamed for taking us to the playoffs every year?


Looks folks, there are 30 NHL team.  That means you've got a one in 30 chance of winning the cup every year.  We've won four times in the last 17 years, Holland started being GM in 97.  Even if we only give him credit for 2002 and 2008, that's two cups.


We're in the race every year.  Not every team is going to take us to the finals.