Posted by krsmith17
on 17 November 2015 - 10:36 PM
Here's our 5on5 CF% for the past 14 games. Things are obviously trending up. There's no question there was an adjustment period to get used to Blashill's system. Players are starting to figure it out and we're only going to continue to improve.
Posted by kipwinger
on 13 November 2015 - 11:35 AM
I don't really think that Abby had Holland over a barrel though. I think the contract is a little long sure. But I don't think Holland had no choice. If he'd have played hardball he surely could have gotten Abby down on term. It's not like Abdelkader wants to play anywhere else. He's "all in" on the Red Wings mythos. I think Holland gave Abby a long term deal because A) he knows and believes that Abby is a future team leader, B) He's doing the hometown kid a solid for putting in an honest effort every single day, C) he's sending a message to future high end players that he'll scratch their backs in the long run if they cut him a break on their bridge contracts.
That being said, I honestly don't understand why everyone is so all-consumed with Babcock. He was here, now he's not. I wish him no ill will whatsoever and would be pleased to see Toronto do well (but not too well), but I have moved on. We shouldn't be giving Babs a second thought unless and until we meet in the playoffs, or maybe when Olympic hockey is gearing up. Or is it just me?
It's because Babcock is like that ex-girlfriend or boyfriend that you pretend to not care about but secretly keep up with/stalk to see if their life is better without you - all the while hoping their life sucks.