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#2613404 What changes do you think we'll see with Blashill?

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 07 June 2015 - 08:18 AM

A back up goalie making over 5 mil a year and a forward making 5 mil who can't crack the line-up most games. Hmmm....what do you call it? Amazing depth?


Are you the new coach? Do you know Howard will be the backup?


Will you not be playing Weiss properly this year either ?


I reserve my opinions when I see what Blashill does before assuming we have "Dead Cap Space".

#2613172 What changes do you think we'll see with Blashill?

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 04 June 2015 - 05:15 PM

I agree with you, but only to a point. Sure things might be a little different.  But if the new coaches don't look at what our PP did successfully last year, with roughly the same personnel, (and try to recreate that success) then they're dangerously stupid and should immediately be fired. 
If you had the second best PP a year ago, and you had almost the exact same personnel, the largely the same system, most of the same coaches, and access to all the technical information and game footage a person could ask for, would you completely scrap everything and start from scratch?
Neither would anybody else.  Surely Blash is smart enough to build of past successes, and try to improve upon past failures.  Reinventing the wheel would just be dumb. The powerplay was our biggest success last season.  I wouldn't expect too much to change in that regard, unless of course, it begins to struggle. 

I just hope they get rid of the stupid no look drop pass that is way too predictable.

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#2613170 Free agents this off season

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 04 June 2015 - 05:07 PM

When was the last time a top 5 pick was actually traded heading into the draft?

Last I remember was the Sedins

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#2613145 What changes do you think we'll see with Blashill?

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 04 June 2015 - 01:59 PM

Well for one we should be waiting to see what happens in Free Agency. We might get some right handed dmen and that will change the PP a lot.


We also lost our PP coach to Toronto, so bringing up last years numbers doesn't translate to this year as the entire philosophy changes and Smith very well could be on the PP.

#2613062 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 03 June 2015 - 09:44 PM




#2610419 At what point does the GM deserve credit/blame?

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 26 May 2015 - 05:17 PM

Ken Holland has been with the organization for 30 years.  18 of which he's been the GM.  He started as as scout, then the director of scouting, then the assistant GM, then the co-GM, and then the full GM.  It's not a coincidence that he was hired just prior to the Wings beginning an epic playoff streak. 
To try and dismiss his contributions to the organization as anything less than profound would be an absolutely gross understatement.  He's been more important to this team's success then any other individual. 
If you hire a GM from outside the organization, you can argue he's riding coattails.  But it's a little hard to say that about a guy who's been a member of the Red Wings longer than Steve Yzerman and Nick Lidstrom. 
To a lesser extent, this is true of Stan Bowman as well.  Sure Tallon was the GM before him.  But he started with Chicago in 2001 when they were a garbage team.  Unless he was just standing around playing with himself for 8 years he likely contributed to their assent.  Is he entirely responsible?  No.  But he's contributed from the bottom up. 
Yzerman doesn't deserve much credit for that first conference finals appearance as he had just come in from outside the organization and had been with the team for less than a year.  But he deserves credit for every single other success they've had since. 

People will always s*** on Holland and it's pretty sad. No one really knows what we have had the last 20 years until it's gone. He has an eye for talent and continues to pick the correct draft picks year after year. I mean Larkin could have probably been picked top 5 last year at the pace he's at right now. In my opinion he's a huge steal for us.

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#2609975 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 24 May 2015 - 06:45 PM

Someone pm me the stream please?


Check your PM

I'm not sure of any free streams. I use hockeystreams.com, which I pay for and you can also pay for a stream on AHLlive...


Hockeystreams FTW!

#2609934 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 24 May 2015 - 11:11 AM


Blashill said the appeal of grouping Larkin with Athanasiou is that "both are fast. And then if we add Anthony, he can keep up with those guys, and he adds size."


AA - Larkin - Mantha


Excited to see this tonight.

#2609731 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 22 May 2015 - 02:25 PM

Oh really?
Funny how his Wiki page has no success or coaching experience compared to Blashill.
This is his coaching Experience:
That's all

Assistant to head minor leaguer to head NHLer, and went to the finals in the AHL
So did Babcock's. Also, Eakins was thrown into the dumpster fire that has been the Edmonton Oilers. The problems with that team were far deeper than coaching. 

So what makes good coach is a good team???
Looks similar to Dallas Eakins old resume
Eakins coached NHL players he groomed in the AHL? Eakins Associate Coached the Oilers prior to that? Eakins was groomed within a program with  tradition that has a 24 year legacy of winning?

Like I said. He has zero experience as an NHL head coach. His only plus is a small familiarity with the roster.
That's not much

Read my earlier post.

The resumes thus far are not even close. Blashill had put in his time and accomplished more right off that bat.

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#2609719 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 22 May 2015 - 01:48 PM

Looks similar to Dallas Eakins old resume


Oh really?


Funny how his Wiki page has no success or coaching experience compared to Blashill.


This is his coaching Experience:


Eakins was named as an assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 20, 2006.[8] Eakins served the same role the year before for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.[citation needed]

On August 4, 2009, Eakins was named the head coach of the Toronto Marlies.[9][10]

Eakins coaching the Edmonton Oilers in 2014

Eakins was named as one of two head coaches representing the Western Conference for the AHL All-Star Games for both the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons.

On June 10, 2013, Eakins was named the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.[11] He was fired from his position on December 15, 2014.[12]




That's all

#2609716 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 22 May 2015 - 01:43 PM

Jon Cooper inherited a star studded team too

Basically Blashhills credentials are: familiarity with some of the roster


He was won at every level he coached at.


2008 Clark Cup Champion

2010 Blashill led WMU to a top-four finish in the CCHA; best year for WMU in 15 years.

2011 USCHO Coach of the year

2013 Calder Cup Champion

2014 AHL Coach of the year.


But he can only coach kids fed to him.

#2609539 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 21 May 2015 - 05:39 PM

Our next coach! Hows that for motivation.


#2609533 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 21 May 2015 - 05:26 PM


#2609312 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 21 May 2015 - 09:36 AM


They said similar things about Dave Lewis too. How'd that work out?


We can find a lot of reasons to help us believe this will or won't work out, but we aren't going to really know until he gets up here and has some real NHL experience. It's a whole different experience than anything he's done before. He may be great, he may be awful. What's more likely is that he'll struggle and grow and perhaps eventually be great. In any event though, we as fans would be wise to manage our expectations so as to avoid disappointment and possibly some knee-jerk reactions if the guy stumbles a bit early on.

And believe me, I'd love to see a nice guy win and a different, more friendly methodology work, just to kill a bit of the idea that you have to be a cold, distant boss who plays mind games to be a winning coach. So I'm rooting for him, and I'm optimistic, but again, we'd do well to try to manage our expectations early on.


And what exactly did Dave Lewis accomplish again before becoming a coach? He retired after playing with the Wings. He went into an assistant coach behind Bowman and won 3 Stanley Cups behind Bowman. He took over the team and lost two years in the playoffs with great rosters. He then went onto Boston and got fired from them after one year due to inconsistent play.


Blash had coached and gained experience for over 10 years. He's won 2008 Clark Cup with Indiana Ice, He coached Western Michigan for a year also and took them to a top-four finish in the CCHA; the best in 15 years. He also won the 2013 Calder Cup. Was the 2011 USCHO Coach of the Year, and was the 2014 AHL coach of the year.


Please do not compare them.

#2609287 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 21 May 2015 - 07:13 AM


DETROIT – The list of candidates to replace Mike Babcock as the next coach of the Detroit Red Wings is a short one, according to general manager Ken Holland.

Holland said he plans to speak with only two or three candidates before deciding who will get the job and Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill is considered to be the leading candidate.


Blashill is no stranger to most of the players on the Red Wings roster. The veterans were around when Blashill was a Red Wings assistant coach in 2011-12 and the younger players know Blashill from his three seasons as coach of the Griffins, Detroit's top farm club.


"He's a great coach," said Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar, who spent one season with Blashill in Grand Rapids. "He's a good talker. He can motivate the players. I feel like the system and how he's willing to play with the players is really good.


"Players feel like they can talk to him. He's somebody who they can trust and feel good. He's really good with the players. I feel like the players can trust him. He's a really good coach."


Blashill led the Griffins to the AHL championshipin 2013, his first season in Grand Rapids. Tatar was the playoff MVP with 16 goals in 24 games and hasn't been back to the minors since. He led the Red Wings with 29 goals this season.


Tomas Jurco was also on the Griffins' Calder Cup team, scoring 14 goals during 74 regular-season games and then adding eight more in the playoffs. He split the following season between Grand Rapids and Detroit before spending all of last season with the Red Wings.

"I love Blash," Jurco said. "He just understands the game really well. He's a really good guy and you can talk to him and he understands you a person. Great guy, great coach, and I only have great memories of him."


Blashill communicates well with players, according to Jurco.


"Yeah, he's a really good talker and that's one of the best things about him," Jurco said. "Every time he showed me something it was like 'You are right. I can do it differently.' He just understands it so well. He knows what the players can do a little differently.

"He's a great coach."


Nobody on the Red Wings' playoff roster spent more time playing under Blashill in Grand Rapids than forward Landon Ferraro, who played 212 regular-season games with the Griffins the past three seasons.


Ferraro was one of Grand Rapids' top players this season with 27 goals before joining the Red Wings at the end of the regular season and then appearing in all seven playoff games vs. Tampa Bay.


He sees similarities between Blashill and Babcock.


"Just the attention to detail I think is the biggest part," Ferraro said. "They both are really good hockey minds and they care and they want to make sure they give their teams everything to succeed on the ice.


"With Blash, for him it's all about work and if you do your part, it's going to come together and you just got to make sure that happens and when we finally bought into that was his first year, it really turned our year around and it obviously ended up in a championship."

Ferraro, the Red Wings' second-round choice (32nd overall) in the 2009 NHL draft, struggled as a rookie with the Griffins in 2011-12 before blossoming under Blashill the following season.


He scored 24 goals during the Griffins' championship season but it was Ferraro's speed and defensive ability as much as anything that helped him land a spot on Detroit's playoff roster.


Ferraro credited Blashill with helping him develop into a regular for the Red Wings during the playoffs.


"He's taken me from a guy that had the tools to get here and get a chance to someone that's actually got here," Ferraro said. "(Blashill) made it clear that I wasn't going to make it right away as a scorer and I got to make sure I'm good defensively and I made a ton of strides with him working with me the last three years.

"I owe a lot to him and it's been good. He's a guy I would pretty much do anything for. I trust him and he's got the respect of the all the guys in Grand Rapids."

In Grand Rapids, Ferraro said Blashill knew the difference between handling younger players as opposed to veterans.


"Some of the younger guys, he's harder on them," Ferraro said. "You kind of want to break that junior mold. You can be a really good goal scorer in junior but you get into the American League and guys are good.


"He did it with Jurco. It took him until Christmas and then he turned it around and was a huge part of our team."


Blashill, 41, is a former goaltender who played four seasons at Ferris State before spending the next three as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs.

He spent six more seasons as an assistant at Miami (Ohio) University, led the USHL's Indiana Ice to a championship in the first of two seasons there and coached at Western Michigan for one year before being hired by Babcock.


In three seasons with the Griffins, Blashill has a record of 134-71-23 (.638).

This season, the Griffins won the Midwest Division championship with a 46-22-8 record and their 100 points were tied for the third-most in the 30-team AHL. They're in the Western Conference Finals.


Blashill is a Michigan native who was born in Sault Ste. Marie.





Good read.