What a crazy weekend of hockey between these two clubs. I don't really care for Anaheim and my Chicago feelings are that of most wings fans but, this is how playoff hockey should be. I hope this goes to game seven OT.
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.
I wasn't saying blashill will single handedly bring the cup back right away or anything. Just that he seems like an obvious hire. He's worked with/helped develop half the roster, give or take, and from what the players are saying he seems like a relatable guy. Plus, he clearly wants to be here or he would've left last off season. Sure, I think he can find long term success here and I'm sure there will be some bumps in the road but, there's no better option out there imo. That's all I was saying.
Was just reading that article and what sticks out is the "I feel like I can talk to him"
I was thinking the same thing. All the player quotes in that article make it sound like blashill is more relatable and less intimidating than Babcock and players respect him just as much. Blashill is about as obvious of a hire as it gets.
Don't know if this has been posted : Red Wings upped their ante to 5 years 20 million according to http://www.tsn.ca.
comment on that article's page:
Phaneuf 4 Norris :
Who told me Babs wasn't coming to Toronto again? Things are looking up and I can't wait for the draft and to get this new season started with the best coach in the NHL. Very exciting times to be a fan of the team! GLG!