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#2609812 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by number9 on 22 May 2015 - 10:44 PM

I wanna see a team like we had in the mid to late 90's...Scoring goals, and punching faces, and being at the top of the league...I can dream can't I?

Forgive my ignorance since I know little about the guy.....But what exactly has 'The Wiz' done since thumbing his nose at Detroit, and signing with the BJ's for big $$$?
 
I haven't heard much about him these past few years...Maybe there's a reason.


He put up 4 seasons averaging about 50 pts a season

If he was so good he'd be playing , especially with his cap hit being so high

We don't need another problem on our cap


I can pretty much promise u he's better than 4 of our starting D next year. And he'd be a whole lot better than adding David Clarkson or Ryan Clowe.


#2609750 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on 22 May 2015 - 03:49 PM

Makes you WOnder how good wed be if we didn't have Jeff blashill in grand rapids eating our best prospects....

Why is everyone so excited to give a cannibal our head coaching gig?


Let alone one that can't feed himself, Holland does everything for this team.


#2609668 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by number9 on 22 May 2015 - 11:19 AM

Jus sayin, Wiz might come cheap because the Ducks arn't playing him. We all know the points he capable of.




#2609667 Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Posted by number9 on 22 May 2015 - 11:17 AM

The obnoxious thing about it is that it won't make Russian professional hockey more viable. It won't do anything he's hoping it will do.  It will just make Russian hockey crappy because nobody who's playing it will give a damn.  And anybody who gives a damn will turn their efforts toward activities that aren't subject to repression. 

 

How do I know?  Because it already happened with Russian sports.  And industry.  And art.  And everything else.  Forcing people to do something stifles motivation, creativity, passion, hard work, and effort.  It NEVER increases them.  Ask Slava, it's exactly how he felt in 1989.

 

On the contrary, most Russians regard the soviet era as the golden age of Russia. You only regard the period as stifling because you have been blinded by decadent western imperialism.

 

What's Slava's job in Russia again?




#2609664 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on 22 May 2015 - 11:09 AM

...and now those great prospects are and will soon be on HIS NHL team.  Plus he will still be spoon fed great players by the best organization in pro sports.

 

 

Thankfully he's still got that guy feeding him.  Maybe he'll add a new entree to the menu this offseason?

 

man.  now i'm hungry.

 

With such great players, why do we even need a coach? A monkey could coach team of Nyquists and Pulkinens at the AHL level

 

 

Like Babs just said today. As a coach, you still need great players and great leadership to win. A great coach will have his team playing at their potential or above all year long. Blash to this point has done that. 

 

Or, ya know, they're just really good players playing at their potential




#2609652 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on 22 May 2015 - 10:51 AM

Blashill has never coached in the NHL before and had success in the AHL because he was spoon fed great prospects by Holland


#2609643 Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Posted by number9 on 22 May 2015 - 10:38 AM

Putin made him do it


#2609606 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by number9 on 22 May 2015 - 07:53 AM

 
I'm not so sure about that. Babs stated in his presser that his family as a whole start into a whole new period of life, if he stayed in Detroit or not. I think his main reason indeed was the challenge and what he can archive there.
In Detroit, even if he won two consecutive cups, there were others who have been there. Scotty Bowman have started build these Red Wings, he was merely jumping on board, developing what others have started. He now has the chance to become Torontos Bowman, even more than that. Heck, the last time the Maple Leafs won the cup, my parents were still teenagers and there was only a small hope that the USA might reach the moon till the end of the decade. If he brings it to Toronto he is an immortal legend instead of just the maybe greatest coach between 2000 and 2020.Sure, the money helps, but I don't flatter myself or Red Wings that it is money. It's something greater that we can't offer and I can don't blame him for taking this opportunity. Good luck Babs, you'll need it.


I don't disagree


#2609589 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by number9 on 21 May 2015 - 11:29 PM

It's clear he wanted to be with Toronto. He got the challenge plus the possible stardom. He could have had the challenge in Buffalo, but not the stardom. He played Buffalo in order to up Torontos offer. But in the end money+Toronto fandom won him over.

 

If we offered him that insane amount I think he would've stayed, but Holland and Mr. I are not stupid. Bring on the Blashill.




#2609588 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by number9 on 21 May 2015 - 11:20 PM

I see the Hawks letting Sharp walk and/or trading Hossa before anything happening with Seabrook. They have young players who can fill wing rolls. Not so much at D.




#2609330 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by number9 on 21 May 2015 - 10:21 AM

 
It's destined to happen.  It's got to happen.  Bring Jimmy Home BABY!


We've missed the wiz train so many times now I'm starting to think it'll never happen. Seems like he's perpetually available though, at no fault of his own. Not counting this Duck stint.


#2609329 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on 21 May 2015 - 10:17 AM

 
Only, and I mean only if you reconsider following Kurt Cobain fanpage on facebook.


U ranggggggg?
Why are we talking about the guy from Wendy's?


#2609268 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by number9 on 20 May 2015 - 11:03 PM

And in this corner... skating out of Canton Michigan... former captain of the once Plymouth Whalers... JAMES "THE WIZ" "WHITE LIGHTNING" WISSSSSSSSSSNIEWWWWWWWWWSKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII




#2609265 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on 20 May 2015 - 10:50 PM

Blashill knows how loaded this teams pipeline is. I'm sure he'll be chomping at the bit as soon he's done competing for another Calder Cup.

 

It's really almost storybook. He coached them to a championship in the minors and now he'll do it in the pros.

 

Meanwhile Toronto thinks everything is going to turn around (like they think every year) because they got Babs. On their end it's pretty much comical... they finally realize just how bad things are, how that roster needs a complete rebuild and overhaul, and then, just when they're about to actually do just that, they are reinvigorated with false hope with the signing of Babs. My prediciton: Their is some initial success. They augment the roster to win now, and it pays off, but not enough to achieve anything of real significance. They linger is mediocrity, much like Babs did his last few years in Detroit. 


Yes it is a 99% chance that Blashill is next. That could be good or bad. Never been a NHL head coach. The only other guy of interest would be Dan Bylsma-another Michigan guy with a career winning % of .628 which is better than Babcock (.620)! Both guys are in their early 40's.

 

Now I do have a question for those that question what Babs meant to this team. How many guys were under acheiving? Very few. Most of our players were play at or above their talent levels. Yes Franzen, Smith, and Jurco can and should be doing more, but that is it. Now keep in mind we had to win our last 1 or 2 games each of the last few years to even make the playoffs. That was due to Babs. he got us there. Can the next coach-whomever it ends up being, keep doing that?

 

Kindl, Quincey, Ericsson, Weiss, White, Samuelsson, Tootoo, Cleary, Commodore, Modano, and apparently to some Kronwall, Zetterberg, and Howard as well.

 

PS Bylsma sucks




#2608645 Question for the Board regarding Babcock

Posted by number9 on 19 May 2015 - 06:48 PM

I like Babcock.  I think he has achieved allot with some below average teams.  My impression (just reading all the same stuff everybody else does) is that he would really like to stay, but just doesn't see the team as competitive as it needs to be.  If I am being honest with myself I don't think this team is worthy of a top coach.  Too many holes, Hank & Pav are just too old.  It is the end of a great era.  I have my doubts but I am hopeful that Holland can add a couple of the right D & a few forwards within the next three years.  

 

At the end of the day Babs will have to move on if he wants a crack at a team that isn't going to limp into the 1st round and actually has a shot. 

 

So the Buffalo Sabres?

 

lol