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Tim Cheveldae's Ghost

Member Since 31 Mar 2011
Offline Last Active Mar 22 2013 01:45 PM

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In Topic: Helm: "Minor Setback", still out indefinitely, *merged*

19 March 2013 - 01:57 PM

Eaves is fine according to Holland, just sore, no broken jaw.

In Topic: Brunner downgraded to the third line!?

18 March 2013 - 10:05 AM

Brunner's early season numbers are easily attributed to playing during the lockout, as were Hank's. No surprise they've cooled off at the same time as the rest of the league has finally caught up speed and conditioning wise. I think Brunner on the 3rd line will do him well, he'll see lesser defensive pairings and will probably get more space to do things. I happen to think Babcock's line shuffling Saturday worked wonders, the team seemed to feed off it. Not really worried about him at all, he's an everyday player who is experiencing his first dose of NHL reality. He'll get back to scoring soon.

In Topic: Babcock: Is he the right guy going forward?

15 March 2013 - 10:02 AM

I always thought Lindy Ruff was a pretty decent coach.  He did a lot with some marginally talented teams through his career unlike a certain coach who has pretty much been in auto-pilot for during his red wing tenure due to the talent sitting in front of him.  


As I said early on in this thread, Babcock has pathetic game-time coaching skills.  He doesn't adjust lines or playing time in accordance with the evidence on the ice on any given night.  Not to mention the evidence over the course of 10 games.  That's fine when you are not scrambling for a playoff spot and can count on the skill and talent over the course of the season to equal out - but guess what?  We ain't in Kansas anymore.  Time to do some real coaching and he's not up to it.

Ruff is the same type of coach Babcock is...he plays favorites and is very stubborn, hence its no surprise the two of them are good friends. If the Wings decide to make a coaching change in the future, I hope they opt for a young guy with new ideas and who isn't afraid to piss off some veteran players. Babcock was once like this, but he's morphed into a company line man who favors those who have been in the league for some time.

In Topic: The REAL problem with Detroit

15 March 2013 - 09:58 AM

There's a lot of issues and its across all aspects of the team. The biggest starts with coaching and the "system" Detroit plays, which seems to be no system at all. Each line kind of does it own thing, and there's no continuity between one line to the next. We obviously all know the lines have been a bungled mess too, putting players in positions to fail and not letting the skill guys succeed. The other is mental toughness, which is something this team has lacked the past 2-3 seasons. They let negative things turn into worse things and by then, the game is over. The recent Calgary game and the Anaheim game were basically carbon copies of each other. I question the amount of leadership outside of Zetterberg and Kronwall on the club, there doesn't seem to be much urgency or pride anymore when things get rough.

The player personnel in my mind, is less to blame. Obviously Ken made some dumb moves that haven't panned out, but the defense has been better than expected this year. I think Holland undervalued what he had in Grand Rapids and its saved his goose by having guys like Lashoff and Tatar up who are NHL ready and could contribute. I also believe there's a serious difference in opinion between Babcock and Holland in what kind of team they want to put on the ice, Babcock has said so vocally numerous times and its leading to the crappy line combos and inconsistent play.

In Topic: Babs: " ....the players decide who plays, not me...."

12 March 2013 - 04:50 PM

Babcock's the king at passing off the onus on himself to other people. He plays his favorites like every other coach in the league does.