Yes it is a 99% chance that Blashill is next. That could be good or bad. Never been a NHL head coach. The only other guy of interest would be Dan Bylsma-another Michigan guy with a career winning % of .628 which is better than Babcock (.620)! Both guys are in their early 40's.
Now I do have a question for those that question what Babs meant to this team. How many guys were under acheiving? Very few. Most of our players were play at or above their talent levels. Yes Franzen, Smith, and Jurco can and should be doing more, but that is it. Now keep in mind we had to win our last 1 or 2 games each of the last few years to even make the playoffs. That was due to Babs. he got us there. Can the next coach-whomever it ends up being, keep doing that?
I really liked that Kenny talked about not being happy about the early playoffs exits the past few years. For that reason he said that's why he didn't want to sign babs to more than 5 years which is an excellent point.
At the same time he could give a Stanley Cup conteder roster to Babs and not Playoff contender roster...
This team needs ROSTER changes
I personally think he'll take the Buffalo job. He doesn't want to be the coach that ends the Wings' playoff streak, and that could conceivably happen soon if the last couple of seasons are any indication.
Also, Buffalo has a metric ton of young talent... How fun would it be to inherit that, mold them while they're young and malleable, and then sit back and watch your creation play great hockey for years to come?
I don't have any direct links, but I recall reading numerous times Babock saying that sometimes a coach's voice becomes like Charlie Brown's teacher after a while, and that the players stop listening. I think he thinks he's at that point, and maybe has been for a while.
All the detractors keep talking about how the Wings need accountability within the organization. Then Devallano comes out and tries to hold an underwhelming, yet highly anticipated, prospect accountable and people complain.
Whatever, there's no reason to "poo poo" the kid. Athanasiou and Nosek were rookies, who dealt with injuries, this year too. I don't see anybody talking about how disappointed they are with AA or Nosek. Why? Because those guys figured it out and played like professionals.
I'm not saying Mantha is a bust or anything. But I don't see a single problem with the organization voicing their dissatisfaction with his play. He's not been very good. Should they keep telling him how wonderful he's been?
It isn't the organization -- it is one man with a history of making unfiltered comments. When has this ever been done previously? I can't recall anyone being put on blast publicly like Mantha.
But does anyone really believe he isn't disappointing so far?
Wasn't he like the next Yzerman?
He barely scores in the AHL...
What other prospect has a major figure in the Wings organization basically denounced after one season? Statistically, Mantha is basically at the same production as Tatar and Jurco in their first seasons with Grand Rapids.
If Jimmy D wants to make this comment after Mantha serves his mandatory four years in the minors, then I get it a little more. I just don't understand the timing, nor need to call out a player publicly. If anyone should do that, it should be coming from Blashill.
I've been a Wings fan for over thirty years. I think the glory days of the NHL are over. There are so many rules and regulations that the game has changed, and I don't think it's for the better. Hockey used to be a tough sport...goalies didn't even wear masks, way back! If trends keep going, a goalie will only need to stand in front of a net and all the equipment will just block it. Add to the mix the unfortunate enforcement of rules, and in a few years, the NHL is populated by the likes of Brian Boitano and Elvis Stojko. I'm just dying to see a retiring player or coach come out and say that the NHL is a piece of garbage or that Gary Bettman has ruined the league, or something to make people realize how crappy it's become. Most of the crap they pull can be justified, though, and that's part of the problem. PK Subban takes a two handed baseball swing, causing a fractured arm, he gets kicked out for the rest of the game by on ice officials. Kronwall makes a hit on a guy with his head down, and it was slightly illegal (I stopped reading about it as soon as he got suspended), there's no on ice call, but the league suspends him even though there are no medical issues with the guy that gets Kronwalled.
If you could call out the NHL on their BS, while having an audience that could have an impact, what would you say?