The Windsor star (not sure how reliable of a source they are?) is reporting that babs is close to signing long term in Detroit, in a deal that would make him the highest paid coach in the league. Babcock previously said he wouldn't negotiate during the season so maybe take that with a grain of salt but, I wouldn't be surprised; especially with how well they're doing lately.
He watched the Leafs play the Wings last night and said f*** that, I'm not coaching those losers.
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
DETROIT – Since returning from a reoccurring groin injury before Thanksgiving, Pavel Datsyuk has been on a torrid pace, collecting 11 points in his past seven games.
Datsyuk continued his fast clip last week, producing seven points while helping the Red Wings to a 3-1-0 mark that forged a first-place tie with Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
For his efforts, Datsyuk was named First Star in the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week honors.
A healthy Datsyuk is benefiting from a speedy forward line with Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar that coach Mike Babcock envisioned at the start of the regular season. But those plans were quickly extinguished when Datsyuk suffered a separated right shoulder in the first preseason game.
Despite missing 11 games, Datsyuk now has 12 goals and 22 points in 17 games. He’s second on the team in points behind captain Henrik Zetterberg, and is tied for the team lead in goals with Tatar and Gustav Nyquist.
By putting Helm and Tatar on Datsyuk’s line, Babcock said he saw an opportunity to create “some speed and some tenacity and some ability to score.”
In the past four games the Datsyuk-Helm-Tatar line has definitely done that – combining on 17 points, including nine goals.
“The way we’re spread out right now is that somebody else can pick you up on a different night, which is positive,” Babcock said. “I still think at some time we’re going to have Pav and Z back together again, especially at home. Maybe play them apart on the road. But all in all they’re a good line. But you should have more good lines.”
It’s the second time this season that the 36-year-old Datsyuk has received recognition in the league’s weekly Three Stars honors. He was Second Star after he tied for the league lead with seven points in three games for the week of Nov. 3.
Tatar, who is Datsyuk’s youngest linemate, is off to the best start of his career, and a lot of that has to do with the Magic Man’s ability to create scoring chances.
“He’s the best player I ever saw,” said Tatar, who is third in team scoring with 20 points. “Whenever I’m practicing with people back home, even those guys are saying he is amazing. We all know that, so we’re not surprised. If Pav stays healthy, just having him in the lineup is a huge help for us. He’s just playing really good in his area But Tatar is well aware that he has to play his role in order for his line to continue on their current trend.
“You got to help him,” said Tatar, who was the league’s Second Star for the week ending Nov. 24. “You got to battle for pucks for Pav and be in a good spot. He’s going to take care of it. You just have to know where to be and how to help him and I feel like he can be really good for you and Helmer for us is huge, too, he’s skating a lot, he’s battling like crazy, so he’s a huge help for us, too.”
In Sunday’s 3-1 win at Carolina, Datsyuk registered a goal and two assists to lead the Red Wings to their third straight win and seventh victory in their past eight outings. It was Datsyuk’s second three-point performance of the season, and fifth multi-point game in his past seven contests. He also had three points in the Wings’ 5-2 win over Los Angeles on Oct. 31.
With two goals against the Hurricanes, Tatar extended his point streak to five games.
Tatar just screams winner. He led the Griffs to the championship and scored 20+ goals during that run, and the championship and won MVP. He seems destined to have the same results for the Wings. He just gets it.
Tomas Tatar after a slow start has been fantastic. Tatar's stats the past 18 games statline: 18GP 9G 8A 17PTS +6
He seems like a guy that can play with anyone, similar to Sheahan and make the line go. There was a quote from Babs a couple weeks ago about how hard he is on Tatar because he knows he can be a great player. I think playing with Datsyuk is a huge thing for him, he can play his style and not have to worry about huge defensive responsibility because Datsyuk is on his line. To me it seems like Pavs loves playing with him, and has rejuvenated Datsyuk's play.
I think he could be a 30-30 guy one day. So glad he plays for us and we didn't make any mistakes by letting him go.
The long suffering Maple Leafs' fans ought to be saluted each and every game for being the most fickle, arrogant, and entitled group of fans in all of professional hockey. Hard to imagine why a guy like Phil Kessel wouldn't be interested in saluting a bunch of folks who were calling for his head after a 37 goal, 80 point season. Ditto for Kadri. And Reimer.
There's only one salute these s***birds deserve, and it involves something other than a stick in the air.
Maple Leafs fans, you are the problem.
Except Kadri and Reimer really do suck...
Washington fans call for Ovi the last 3 years, they must have terrible fans. We call for Howard everytime someone scores, we must be terrible fans.
Every fanbase has terrible fans, not just the Laughs. I go to lots of games in Toronto, sure some fans are arrogant and stupid but it's easy to point up to the 1967 banner in the rafters and the empty space beside it. They do have some fantastic fans as well, they are very knowledgeable and passionate about their team.