I thought Babcock was going to go to Minnesota, because his wife's sister lives there with her boyfriend Jeff? Or was it Washington, because Brooks Orpik signed a rookie card for Lil' Mike Babcock? Or was it the Rangers, because Babs' is pretty close buddies with Ken Hitchcock, who used to dream of living the bohemian life in Greenwich Village as a twenty something?
That really is impressive. Crazy to see it put in perspective like that.
As far as Quincey wanting to keep things simple and play defensive hockey... please keep it up KQ. Even if his play is a microcosm of the team's, he's doing right by Kyle Quincey. I'm having flashbacks to last season when he was 2nd in shots among Detroit defenders. Let Danny do the shooting.
While we're on the topic, stop shooting Ericsson. Just stop. Big Rig... smash. No shoot. Smash.
The crazy thing is the biggest question mark out of anybody I mentioned is Larkin (the high pick of the bunch), followed by Mantha and Athanasiou. And the latter two are playing REALLY well for rookies in the AHL. No reason to think they wouldn't turn out fine.
And what's more, you can do the same thing on defense as well.
I know. That one cracked me up too. I was snickering at work while reading it lol.
I don't see Babs going to Toronto. They don't have time to wait & he is still seriously considering Detroit. That being said Holland needs to improve the back end. Something he has failed to do through free agency & through trade for 6 years. Without that why should Babs stay?
Because any other team looking for a coach will be worse than the one he's leaving?
If he was referring just to his own play, it would be more than tolerable. I'd actually condone this philosophy.
Well ideally you'd like your top four defensemen to play defense AND help facilitate the offense (i.e. move the puck up to the forwards). But if I had to pick one or the other, for Kyle Quincey specifically, then yes, I'd rather he just play defense.
I'm near positive that George spent the next month staying up at night, thinking, "Why doesn't Mikey like me?"
Malik seriously obsesses over Babcock. I don't think, since the end of last season, that he's written a single post without mentioning how "crazy" and "absurd" any talk of Babcock leaving is. For some weird (and super creepy) reason, he's got A LOT riding on Babcock staying in Detroit. Like, an unnatural amount of skin in that game.
Anybody remember the end of that movie "The Aviator" when Leonardo DiCaprio keeps repeating "the way of the future" while he slowly loses touch with reality? That's how I imagine Malik should Babcock decide to sign somewhere else. "Babcock to Toronto, what a laugh that is...what a laugh that is...what a laugh that is...what a laugh that is...what a laugh that is..."