Pretty much the only thing I didn't like with Blashill was his player usage. It's been beaten to death, but he relied way to heavily on the vets and underutilized the kids. Blashill should not be fired, Firschweiler on the other hand, that guy has to go. I'm okay with Granato leaving as well. Two new assistants with a new perspective, fresh ideas and hopefully better speciality teams will help this team immensely...
Blashill took over a very similar team (with the addition of Richards and Green), previously coached by Mike "hockey god" Babcock, and had a very similar result - playoff bubble team, bounced in the first round. Firschweiler took over a top ranked power-play, previously coached by Jim Hiller, and made it into one of the worst in the entire league. Special teams, in my opinion, was the teams biggest downfall. Both the power-play and penalty kill were way too conservative. The power-play had very little movement, way too much passing, not enough shooting and way too much one and done. The penalty kill was way too passive, we did a good job taking away shooting lanes but never took away passing lanes. A successful penalty kill needs much more pressure on the puck and not allowing so many cross ice passes opening up the easy one-timer.
I still believe this team has a bright future, and Blashill is still the best coach for us right now. As long as he can clear his head this offseason, and come to the realization that this team can't rely on Datsyuk (if he's back), Zetterberg and Kronwall anymore, I think we'll be fine. We need to hand the reins over to the kids, Larkin, Mantha, Athanasiou and company need to take on much bigger roles to start next season.
on 19 November 2015 - 10:19 PM
He allegedly wants to go to Weatern Canada, not Detroit, and the Islanders want an equally skilled defenseman in return to replace him.
Ie it's not happening. Of course all of the details will get lost a year or two from now when everyone says Holland sucks for not being able to acquire him for spare parts.
He has family Western Canada and wants to be close for personal reasons. A real GM like Nill or Yzerman would use pure willpower to induce a tectonic shift of the earth's crust, capable of moving the Pacific coast closer to Michigan. Holland sux.
I think he would improve the entertainment value just like a guy like Biznasty would. We are talking about fourth liners here they aren't tasked to improve the team that's usually the job of the top 6 guys, top 4 defenders.
Sure. I don't disagree. But I'm just interested in your priorities. We're having a discussion about roster moves that would improve the team's dismal start to the season, and you've recommended two guys who you readily admit won't make the team a bit better. But will make them more entertaining when they lose. Which is fine. Your opinion after all.
I've actually always believed that you'd rather lose with enforcers than win with euros. This just sort of confirms it.
I know that "technically" that's a clean hit, but I'm with Mickey Redmond in saying that I hate that hit. It's hard for a defenseman to make that play and see the guy coming. And the only way a forwatd makes that kind of hit is if he's trying to hurt someone.
Who's to say that he doesn't make the fourth line or at least get a call up here and there? Even if he only gets 2 call ups I hope it's against Dallas and Ottawa .
Are people really pissed off about a depth signing probably around league minimum? Just be happy the Wings finallyGriffins have a winger who has great size and will win some battles along the boards.
You know who's to say if me makes or doesn't make the fourth line? The coaching staff.
You know who else has a say in it: Eric Tangradi. If he plays like a house on fire and beats out someone like Ferraro, so be it.
I have no problem with him as a depth forward. It's a smart signing.
Do I think he's going to get specific call ups play play specific "hard-edged, tougher" teams? No way in hell.
We have a few on here that think any sort of toughness or someone who will drop the gloves is worthless. Just ignore them. I still like watching big hits and fights. And I'm sure some others do as well. Not everyone wants pansy hockey.
I love big hits and fights, but I also want skill. A marriage of both would be phenomenal, but it's hard in this day and age when the league is shifting more and more towards skill. Big hits and fights are great, but just because we don't have someone that will drop the gloves doesn't make it pansy hockey. It's just the game now.
Can't belive there are 3 pages about a guy that will play on the 4th line of the Griffins
You obviously haven't been around very long.
I'm surprised Brian McGrattan hasn't been brought into the conversation yet.
If Babs goes to Buffalo, it will be an ongoing story line for next few years to see which coach can bring their respective teams to respectability. As an indicator, let's say the 1st team to make it to the playoffs. I'll say McLellan.
It'll take three years for either of them to get more win in a season than Blashill. There's your respectability.
Posted by DickieDunn
on 24 January 2015 - 11:29 AM
Holland should trade for an elite defenseman and a power forward. But only if he can get them for guys I don't really like. And if he doesn't get that done, I'll spend the next 8 months telling everyone how badly he failed and that a GOOD GM would have been able to do it, because 5 average to bad players equals one really good player. Like that time I went to a BMW dealer and tried to talk him into trading me a brand new Z4 in exchange for an '02 Mountaineer, a '09 Ranger, an '87 Escort, and '86 Daytona, a transmission from an old Cutlass Supreme, an '89 Blazer, a '91 Taurus with a blown up engine, and my weird uncle's old Camaro. That's like 7 cars plus a tranny for ONE car, super great deal.