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#2609605 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

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

I have high hopes for Larkin but to think he is going to make the Wings squad next year is ludacris. He needs to adjust to the AHL for a full season or two. It will be interesting however how he fares against the toughest competition of the AHL off the bat!


LUDA!!!!!

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Probably fair points, but if he can come in and start learning the NHL game without any hindrance to his long term development, I want him learning from datsyuk and Z as long as he can.


Damn. Always one step ahead.


#2609530 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by kipwinger on 21 May 2015 - 05:24 PM

 
Lets not judge our next coaches decisions before he is even our coach  :lol:


Saying that Larkin will be a wing is just as silly as saying Pulkkinen will be a center. He won't.


#2609324 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 21 May 2015 - 09:54 AM

 

And what the f*** is my argument again? Are you suggesting that I don't think we should hire Blashill, because it isn't even remotely true.

 

You seem to be suggesting that everybody should be wary of expecting too much out of Jeff Blashill as head coach.  Because Dave Lewis wasn't a good head coach.  So maybe Blash won't be either. 

 

If that's not what you're saying, then I have absolutely no idea why you'd bring Lewis up.  Other than to try and make some sort of tenuous comparison which isn't grounded in similarity at all. 

 

Why did you bring Lewis up again?

 

Edit:  Nobody expects Blashill to win the Cup next year.  But here's the thing...nobody expected Babcock to win the Cup next year either (had he stayed).  So expectations are EXACTLY the same.  However, given their relatively similar career trajectories, and the fact that Blashill out performed him in all head to head competition, I don't think it would be a stretch to expect him to be as good as Jon Cooper was in his first season as head coach.  Which is a much more realistic comparison than the phony one you keep trying to make with Dave Lewis. 




#2609306 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 21 May 2015 - 09:04 AM

There is nothing even remotely similar about Jeff Blashill and Dave Lewis.  They both took over for successful coaches.  That's it.  Trying to make a comparison between the two is absurd. 

 

It's possible that Jeff Blashill will fail.  We all get that.  It's the EXACT same possibility that every coach has in his first year behind the bench in the NHL.  It's the same possibility that Scott Bowman had, Mike Babcock had, Joe Quenneville had.  We get it. 

 

Blashill has as good, or better, qualifications than any of these guys did prior to their first NHL head coaching gig.  Better than Bylsma.  Better than McLellan.  Better than Cooper, Eakins, Boucher, too. 

 

And most importantly, better than  Dave Lewis.  

 

Could he fail?  Sure.  Does the information we have overwhelmingly point toward the opposite outcome?  Absolutely.   




#2609189 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 20 May 2015 - 05:46 PM

Bring in the walrus.


I am the walrus.

I am the walrus.

Shut the f*** up Donny! V. I. Lenin! Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!


#2608903 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by kipwinger on 20 May 2015 - 01:00 PM

 

*Jim Ross voice* "DEAR GOD KING, IS THAT JOHN TORTORELLA'S MUSIC?!"

 

Favorite post of the day. 

 

The ultimate Ken Holland heel turn.  I love it. 




#2608834 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by kipwinger on 20 May 2015 - 12:34 PM

Howard Berger @Berger_BYTES 11m11 minutes ago

Can't confirm, but told in email from source #Leafs offered Babcock dual role of GM and coach. Why not, huh?




#2608698 Free agents this off season

Posted by kipwinger on 20 May 2015 - 07:23 AM

 

didn't even realize that....

 

because the free agent class is so weak..? :P

 

That's because it's not big enough.




#2608563 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by kipwinger on 19 May 2015 - 12:40 PM

If true, fine by me ... in the end, he wasn't as sought after as he or most people thought.  Toronto, Buffalo, Det were the only true options.  Nothing from Pittsburgh, SJ, Edmonton, St. Louis ... 

 

Guess he's not even close to the 'best coach in the NHL period'.

 

It pains me to defend Mike Babcock.  Everybody knows that I think he's an overrated, blowhard, whose folksy Canadian "awww shucks, we need to work harder, and listen to our wives more" crap is just a veneer. 

 

That said, he's definitely one of the top coaches in the league.  He's just not soooo much better that teams who already have good coaches (or coaching options) are willing to drop everything and throw the bank at him.  There are a couple of coaches who are probably better, and a hand full that are as good.  Any team without a coach, or with a consistently underwhelming coach should be happy to have him.  But any team that already has a quality guy would be dumb to can them for Babs.  And for some reason that was what everybody expected.  Also, the fact that there are at least 3 or 4 other really good coaches available really diminished the interest in Babs.  Why throw 5 million at him when you can get McLellan or Bylsma for cheaper and they're not much (or any) worse than he is. 


 

 

 

If the whole process disgusts you so much, why follow it so closely?  It's like repeatedly drinking spoiled milk.

 

I follow hockey because I love the sport.  I'd really love to follow the Stanley Cup playoffs, since those are still going on and all.  Unfortunately every single outlet dedicated to covering the sport of hockey, is currently following #Babswatch.  So I'm forced to either quit following the sport I love, or follow it and comment on how idiotic this whole decision making process has been.  I've chosen the latter.  What else am I going to do, watch the NBA?  Lol.   




#2608514 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by kipwinger on 19 May 2015 - 10:15 AM

Yeah, except instead of a rose its a Maple Leaf.

How many personalities does Bob have?

 

Enough to make sure that he can strongly insinuate every possible outcome, and therefore not be wrong about anything ever?




#2608511 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by kipwinger on 19 May 2015 - 10:07 AM

This is like an episode of The Bachelor".  Everybody is waiting to see if Mike will give Ken Holland the rose. 

 

Puke.




#2608388 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by kipwinger on 18 May 2015 - 04:25 PM

Lids as assistant coach....holy sheeot. Huge upgrade.


Our assistant coaches, and their special teams improvements were a primary factor in making the playoffs this year. We were terrible at even strength. Moving them for a guy with no coaching experience is a terrible idea. No matter how beloved Lidstrom may be. Thats the kind of stuff the Oilers do, not teams who care about winning.


#2608332 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by kipwinger on 18 May 2015 - 12:45 PM

Here's a fun fact, Babs' last contract extension was in October, 2010.  By that time he'd already won an Olympic gold and gone to the finals twice.  And all those accomplishments could/should have been used in the negotiations for that contract.   

 

What's he done since 2010 that would nearly double his last contract?  Win one Olympic gold and two playoff series?




#2608280 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by kipwinger on 18 May 2015 - 09:21 AM

This is so ridiculous. 

 

What's everyone gonna think when the team he goes to doesn't have instant success

 

I imagine they'll be seriously regretting the 5+ million dollars they gave him to do exactly that. You don't give somebody that much money to gradually improve your team and (if the stars align) perhaps bring you success.  You don't pay forwards 7 million bucks for 50 points seasons either.  If you give a guy (roughly) twice what the highest paid coach (Quenneville) is currently making, you're not expecting mediocre results.

 

I spoke about this the other day.  If you offer 5 million bucks to Babcock, and he accepts it; you're both implicitly agreeing that he's A) going to give you the best possible chance to win a Cup, and B) that he'll deliver on that. 

 

If he doesn't, then the entire process will be exposed for the hype driven debacle that it is. 




#2608275 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by kipwinger on 18 May 2015 - 09:05 AM

Worse, imagine if Babs signs for a year, Blashill leaves, and then Babs goes someplace else because that prospect obviously intrigues him? 

 

I sure hope it's implied that if he stays, he signs long(ish) term, because Kenny could get caught without a seat on this one.