I would like to see Babcock take over Holland's position as GM in Detroit and Blashill be the coach some day.
Great suggestion but it won't happen for at least the next 3 years
I think Babcock may want a Patrick Roy like situation, where he can coach and have more say in how to structure the team. If Holland isn't willing to offer that, it's time for Mike Illitch to pull a Yzerman again.
Even if the Joe is a dumb by nowadays standards think about all the all time greats, who've gone through this door (the captain, Lidström, Dominator, Hossa...), all the cups and the end of the dead wing era. I think it will be a sad day once the Wings leave and hopefully everyone can take their seat back home.
Marchand went of the handle in the playoffs last year when thornton was on the team.
They're frustrated with their rough start - which owes to the loss of iginla and boychuk.
And Thornton told him in colorful words to stop the s*** and take a backseat.
As they should be, the expectations in Boston are through the roof and Chiarelli - whom I regarded as one of the best GMs till he made that bonehaded trade - isn't helping matters. I don't know how good their prospect pool is, but man replacing Chara will be no easy task. I could see them having the same problem like the Wings, how do you replace a future HHOF defender ?
Also when it comes doe embellishment and stupid gestures, a team that has as many rats as the Habs (both on the ice and in the stands) should be the last to act from a high moral ground.
You guys do realize that an empty lower bowl is nothing new, right? It has nothing to do with lack of offseason moves, or Franzen being lazy and sucking, or people being pissed about the Cleary signing. Don't use that to further the narrative because it is disingenuous. The lower bowl has belonged to the corporations for a loooong time.
Corporate employees like seeing enforcers and scoring wingers when they attend games.
I doubt some of the suits even know what an enforcer is. They are too busy looking at their tablets, smartphones
Good god why did that stupid league stop Iginla and Phaneuf from fighting? This isn't a pussysoft diver showboaters game like soccerf****** nhl
If babs doesn't leave(no this isn't my opinion if he will or not since some people like to put words in others mouth).
But if babs does leave I really think blashill could step right in and we wouldn't miss a beat. And given his recent success with the griffins you know the younger would respond well to him. It's the older guys you have to worry about.
Blashill has yet to c coach a nhl game. Remember Dallas Eakins? Great ahl resume but can't get the job done in the nhl. There would for sure be some growing pains, stepping right in is hard enough but replacing the by far best coach in hockey is even more daunting.
That being said if Babcock walks Blashill will be next in line.
The Oilers look great on paper. They are just a team IMO that have too many kids in the lineup, and unfortunately have a losing culture at this point.
Yeah that's true and they are always rushing the kids, I mean Draisaitl has a whooping 2 NHL games and is already their #2 center ? Some of their fans are already screaming for Babcock even if Katz pays a premium he is not going to ruin his legacy by taking over for Eakins.