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#2611087 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by number9 on Yesterday, 02:25 PM

I'm probably one of the few who thinks the Leafs roster isn't half bad - just poor coaching, and media hype have torn that team apart...IMHO their roster is good enough to make the playoffs.
If Babs really wants to build thru the draft then the fans better be prepared for several plus years before they'll have a shot at icing a championship team...And even then there's no guarantee of a top notch team via the draft; how many highly regarded prospects/players have come, and gone in the NHL?

Agree. They're a lot better than what took place around and after the Carlyle firing

#2611044 The return of The Mule?

Posted by number9 on Yesterday, 01:02 PM

You're showing a lot of sympathy to a guy you're regularly implied was a lazy, floating, womanly, sissy of a player.  Have you turned over a new leaf?

It's amazing how much disdain this guy generated for some, and now that he's hurt and possibly retiring it's magically disappeared.

Don't worry guys, he'll come back so we can discuss buying him out again

#2611041 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on Yesterday, 12:49 PM


The old toy wasn't donated. He left. It was out of Holland's control. He wasn't forced out to be replaced. Blash is a guy Babcock hired. Babcock pretty well groomed him. The Babcock stamp of approval on Blash is what keeps me at ease about our coaching situation. 



The Pens were s***ting the bed when they fired Therrien and brought in Bylsma. That was 100% a case of exactly what I was talking about. A struggling team bringing in a fresh face is always a great thing in the short term. Like I said, the true test of Blash will be beyond this upcoming season. Babs kept this team competitive and working hard for ten years. Even through a rebuild. Only great coaches do that. People keep pointing to early playoff exits as concrete evidence of Babcock some how not being one of the best coaches in the world. While conveniently overlooking the youth on the roster having yet how to learn how to win. Screw the year we lost to Chicago in round 2. That was a shortened season. Weird things happened. The Leafs made the playoffs for god sake. The Tampa series was the first real playoff lesson for the youth on this team. That is when they finally started to get better every playoff game. That would have continued going into next season with Babcock, and it will continue going into next season without Babcock. When the team does better next year, it won;t be because of a magical coaching change. Like I said, a new voice only makes an immediate positive impact when the ship is sinking. Not when a team is already on the rise anyway. 


We are well aware you are gonna prance around about how "right" you are about Babcock holding this team back when the Wings improve upon things next season. But most of us will also know there is so much more to the story than a coach. The team has made strides in becoming better this past season. Babcock had a huge part in that, whether you agree with it or not. Blashill will do a fine job carrying that torch. But he isn't gonna be setting the world on fire like some of you expect. 


I feel like a bitter ex girlfriend


bahaha, prance for me kip, prance

#2611023 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on Yesterday, 11:40 AM

I dont see what's wrong with being excited about having a new coach. I think the youngsters will show some more creativity offensively, something that has been severely lacking on this team. Of course their is going to be some growing pains going with a coach with zero NHL experience, but if Babcock is still the best coach in the NHL after only winning two playoff series since 09 then Blashill can't be considered a failure if he doesn't get us to the second round

So is Number9 trolling or what? Seems like since Babs left you've changed to SimonSin levels of doom and gloom


SimonSin is the master of doom n gloom, I still have much to learn of his ways.


No, I'm really not. I think it's alarming how happy people are that the best coach in the game jumped ship and is being replaced by an inexperienced question mark.


It'd be like if Datsyuk left for Russia tomorrow, and we decided to replace him in the lineup next season with Mantha. Giving Mantha matching playing time, on the top line, etc, etc. Sure Mantha could be really good in that spot next season, but he could also be really bad, or maybe just mediocre. At the end of the day it's probably just be better to hold onto Datsyuk.


"But Mantha knows the players!" Gimme a break


Let's face it, we got stuck with plan B.


Plan A > Plan B

#2611013 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on Yesterday, 11:08 AM

Tons of coaches have been hired, mid season and with the exact same roster, and dramatically improved the team thereafter.  Bylsma did it.  Sutter did it.  Hitchcock did it.  Boudreau did it.  Therrien did it.  Laviolette did it. 


Literally the exact same roster.  Better results.  I don't know why people think that Blashill can't get better results with the same team.  Or why any improvement must be attributed to internal growth.  It's not like this is some unheard of thing. 


Yeah, but none of those coaches had to replace Godcock

#2610997 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by number9 on Yesterday, 09:55 AM

All I heard on Nosek is that he will miss at least the next two games, and Larkin will be centering a line with Pulkkinen...


#2610994 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on Yesterday, 09:38 AM

On the contrary, I predict that we'll be better.  Much better.  I predict we'll have a better regular season record than last year AND we'll win a playoff series. 

Lemme guess, cause Babs is gone? How many copies of your manifesto have u sold so far?

#2610731 At what point does the GM deserve credit/blame?

Posted by number9 on 27 May 2015 - 09:48 PM


What is a post Godtrra?


It's like  his "godstrom". Everyone knows who he's talking about, but we don't repeat the blatantly dumb pet name.

#2610727 The return of The Mule?

Posted by number9 on 27 May 2015 - 09:44 PM

Franzen will be back just so yall can b**** about his play for one more season

#2610710 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on 27 May 2015 - 08:54 PM

Blashill is great until the first time he trots out lines people hate. Assuming he gets the job, he will do good things and bad things. People will disagree with him. In the end I doubt he's better than Babcock even if he gets a bit better results. Even if the players are mostly the same next year, which is likely, young guys will be a year more experienced, older guys will be a year slower, meaning it won't be the same team.



We might as well not even watch next season. 



I get the joke, but he's kind of right.


Babcock was one of the best coaches in the game. To think that Blashill is just as good or better at this point is kind of absurd. Maybe because he coached some of the roster in the minors he'll be better? Maybe.


What if we go out in the first round again next year? The likely excuse will be "well it's his first year as coach, give em a break"


But if Babs went out again the first round next year, people would be pissed. When in reality it might just be the roster and not the coach.


At least we won't have to listen Kips insane anti-babs ranting anymore.

#2610657 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by number9 on 27 May 2015 - 12:14 PM

Number9 - what is your scouting report on him from watching him so much? I'd be interested to hear your assessment.

All I'll say is... You know when a player scores a goal and they say "wow, he just never stopped moving his feet that entire shift, and got rewarded for it"

He's not that guy

#2610654 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by number9 on 27 May 2015 - 12:05 PM

Here's a decent article about Mantha and Detroit's lackluster drafting in Quebec: http://www.hookedonh...ot-an-easy-one/

#2610432 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by number9 on 26 May 2015 - 07:59 PM


Link, source?


Hearing Blashill talk about him is all about working with him to improve his two way game and watching him on the ice you see that kind of effort.  Now, maybe he is being underutilized and maybe it took him a while to recover from the broken leg, but I haven't read anything that says he doesn't have a strong work ethic.


Then you must not being following him very closely




"For a player of his size, he skates very well but he needs to keep his feet moving and work hard on both sides of the puck."




"Defensively, Mantha’s game is inconsistent. I have seen him be an effective backchecker in his own end of the ice, but I’ve also seen games where he doesn’t get involved enough defensively. He will need to be more consistent in that area of his game and get rid of his bad habit to puck-watch at times."




"The 6'4 Val-d'Or left wing has admirable skill but is said not to use his size enough nor exhibit enough "drive" for some scouts' liking."


"He can skate, he's smart, he reads the play, he has everything. But if there's one negative, he sometimes has a tendency to take the easy way out." - Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau


"He might be the draft's purest scorer, but many guys with inferior stats get more love. "He's not the most eager kid," one scout said. "Some nights you wonder where the intensity is."" - The Hockey News Draft Preview




"On the other hand he gets criticized for taking shifts off and being reluctant to help in his own zone."


There is literally link after link of descriptions like this from scouts. If you've followed him since the draft then you'd know this has always been the knock on him. I hoped he had put that behind him the next year in juniors when he did all that scoring, but he's been incredibly inconsistent and invisible at times in Grand Rapids. Standing and watching the puck seems to be up there right alongside goal scoring for him. It's frustrating to watch him.

#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.

#2609811 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by number9 on 22 May 2015 - 10:30 PM

Well, at least we know who Number9's whipping boy will be this year...

I hate on him, but he's the best option for coach

Have I ever had a whipping boy? Typically I'm on here defending whipping boys from you