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#2380623 4/4 GDT : Red Wings 2 @ Coyotes 4

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 05 April 2013 - 12:15 AM

Dear Coach Babcock,

 

As a man in your position, HEAD COACH, you are supposed to put the TEAM you oversee in the best possible position to be able to WIN. Sometimes in doing so that involves having to make HARD DECISIONS with respect to personnel. At some point, players who are simply floating, going through the motions, not making anything happen, etc need to be put on notice that this type of play is simply not acceptable. As a proud charter franchise of the National Hockey League, the Detroit Red Wings seek to continue the proud tradition that has been bestowed upon this great franchise.

 

If these decisions involve removing certain veteran players from the lineup in favor of younger players, who are working their butts off in the minors, please do realize that it is best for the TEAM and that it puts them in a favorable position to WIN. 

 

Case in point, you tell the media that players have to earn ice time. That's fine and dandy when comes to wanting players to compete at the highest capable level, but at what point do you not see that players such as Dan Cleary and Johan Franzen generally have a huge case of turnoveritis and therefore are jeopardizing the betterment of the TEAM? I understand that injuries are a part of this equation to a certain extent, but when a player such as Tomas Tatar has put up as many points as Cleary in roughly half the amount of games, does that not get noticed? Does he need to rot away some more in the minors before it becomes too late and he jets off to another franchise (Or the KHL)? Also, the constant lack of any SPEED in the lineup is absolutely killing any momentum at different times during the game. I know Darren Helm has been out due to an injury, but the general lack of footspeed (Especially from a few of the goats that dress every game) seems to result in a game plan that makes life for an opponent easy to defend. 

 

Another issue is the lack of strength and testicular fortitude to go to the dirty areas of the ice and pay a price to make a play. Way to often is there a lose puck in the vicinity of the goal that is easily pounced on the by the opposing team simply because too many players are unable to fight through a check and get their noses dirty when needed. Other times when the puck is in a battle along the boards, how many times do we need to see 1 opposing player come out of the scrum with the puck while we have several players engaged in said battle? How many times do I need to see a player such as Valterri Filppula go along the boards and simply get breathed on hard and cough up the puck? The way the game is played now a days, there needs to be instances in which you have to make it harder on the other to play against you instead of the usual ole ole crap that takes place way way to often. 

 

In conclusion, the fans of this team want to see them succeed each and every night that they pull the sweaters on with the big Winged Wheel crest in the middle. This is not a business in which feelings need to be accounted for when it involves fully grown adults who make extremely high salaries. If a member of the team is not getting it done, then it becomes time to give them a reality check that what they are doing is not working. If that involves sitting a veteran player for a player who is chomping at the bit then that is a decision that needs to be made in order to put the TEAM in the best position to WIN each and every night they take to the ice. All in all, I have the utmost confidence in your abilities as a HEAD COACH, but at times the general logic of in game decisions (i.e. using dead end line combinations, strategy decisions regarding the offensive zone, etc) is baffling.

 

As a fan of, IMHO, one of the greatest hockey franchises to grace this earth, please please make the HARD DECISIONS that will allow for the highest chance of success each and every night.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

MotorCityMadness

(And fans of the Detroit Red Wings everywhere) 




#2372445 3/22 GDT: Red Wings 5 @ Ducks 1, Abs nets 1st career Hat Trick

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 22 March 2013 - 11:35 PM

I'll have the roasted duck!!!  :clap:




#2370418 3/16 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Canucks 2

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 16 March 2013 - 11:46 PM

Alright Good Win and 4 out of 6 pts on the trip to Western Canada!!!




#2369700 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Oilers 2 (OT)

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 15 March 2013 - 10:26 PM

Flip!!!

 

Gee who would have thought if you go to a high traffic are and you score  :w00t:




#2369662 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Oilers 2 (OT)

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 15 March 2013 - 10:08 PM

I said it last game and I will say it again...the writing is on the wall that HARD DECISIONS need to be made regarding PERSONNEL on this team. 




#2368809 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flames 5

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 13 March 2013 - 10:49 PM

Wow how can the writing not be on the wall that some HARD DECISIONS about PERSONNEL need to be MADE  :evil:




#2368725 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flames 5

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 13 March 2013 - 10:07 PM

Flip!!!

 

1 for 38 PP on the road!!!




#2365479 3/5 GDT : Avalanche 1 at Red Wings 2

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 05 March 2013 - 09:27 PM

Head first from behind is an automatic major and a game misconduct in USA Hockey as well as NCAA/ACHA College Hockey but not the NHL?  :glare:




#2362531 2/27 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Kings 2

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 28 February 2013 - 12:53 AM

3 instances of 5 on 3's lasting almost 2 full mins on each occurrence makes me wonder how the NHL can seriously think the state of the "game" is doing well?  :glare: 

 

Officials 75' away from the play calling penalties when the guy 15' away doesn't have his hand up...really?

 

Then they put the whistles away when the Kings get the lead? I thought the manufactured "drama" was supposed to go both ways? 




#2362085 Ed Olczyk, professional broadcaster, professional idiot

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 27 February 2013 - 07:44 PM

I wonder what he would say if Kane or Toews did the same thing Yakupov did? 




#2359881 2/23 GDT : Nashville Predators 0 at Red Wings 4

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 23 February 2013 - 08:03 PM

Tatar Tots!!!




#2358055 2/19 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Predators 4 (OT)

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 19 February 2013 - 10:38 PM

If that isn't a sign that things are not going our way then I don't know what is  :glare:




#2357794 2/19 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Predators 4 (OT)

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 19 February 2013 - 08:39 PM

Cleary!!!

 

 

(YOUR STILL USELESS!)




#2352493 2/7 GDT : Red Wings 5 at St. Louis Blues 1

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 07 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

Cleary?  Yeah, from a bag of pucks to 2 bags of pucks.  Nice to see him finally get on the board though.

 

Do we get a conditional water bottle as well?

 

 

 

 




#2348245 OHL vs. College Hockey Quality?

Posted by MotorCityMadness on 28 January 2013 - 07:41 PM

Ok. But like F. Michael said the kids in juniors can drop the gloves. In the NCAA you can but get suspended for a game or two. Could be more I think. Also the icing rule in College is different. That automatic icing rule I don't like it. Maybe you do? Another opinion. Yes most College players are older than the major junior kids. NCAA D1 hockey like leftwinger stated has gotten a lot better. Opinion on that is College hockey has become much better these last 10 years or so. I think we are seeing more College players being more dominant at the NHL level than ever before. Backes (Minnesota State), Parise (North Dakato), Toews (North Dakota) to name a few. I'm sure I'm missing  more but those names come to mind.

 

Last time I remember if you play on any NCAA D1 hockey team you can't go play on any Major Junior Canadian team and vice versa? Has that rule changed?

 

You have it backwards...if you play in a major junior game then your eligibility is done for that year and any subsequent game played in after that is another year gone (i.e. 2 games = 2 years of lost eligibility for the NCAA).

 

If you play on an NCAA team and are still of age, you have the option to leave to go play major junior and that can include an overage year.

 

Hope that makes sense