Backman made a huge mistake. Babcock liked the guy a lot and if he wasn't such a diva he may have been a Wing one day like his idol Lidstrom. When you consider that since Kronwall almost EVERY prospect we have has had to go through the Griffins to get to the NHL it shouldn't surprise him that he would have to perform there. He can't expect to be gifted playing time in GR if he isn't playing well for the Griffins just like in the NHL. It would also be sending the wrong message to give him that playing time just because he threw a hissy fit.
I really liked him as a prospect but we don't need someone like this in the organization behaving that way. Look at Tatar and Nyqvist trying to make the NHL - there is a lot of adversity to making the Wings and it starts by earning your job in GR then somehow earning a job in DET.
Also, when we were winning regularly Babs seemed to roll the 4th line much more frequently and lately that hasn't been the case as much. I wouldn't mind letting them set the tone a bit - When Weiss gets back I'd really like to see that Miller-Glen-Jurco line again that was producing.