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#2638396 11/20 GDT : Los Angeles Kings at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 November 2015 - 06:56 PM

Sadly for us this is going to end Quick

#2638279 New NHL all-star game format

Posted by frankgrimes on 19 November 2015 - 07:56 PM

Ya god forbid they have fun at an event that's supposed to be fun for the players and fans. Shame on bettman *sigh*


Ya I'm sure playing 20 minutes of three on three in a meaningless game, while other players can enjoy the time-off with their families is a lot of fun.

#2638180 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by frankgrimes on 19 November 2015 - 04:15 AM


The Koala. There were some really good seasoned coaches available, The Koala being one of them!


I'm not giving up on Blashill nor am I saying to fire him (yet). But I am saying that he had better be finding his way very fast. This is too good of a team to be barely floating around .500 hockey. Babcocks s***ty Leafs are now approaching .500 and this team is far and away better then Taranna


Koala chose Edmonton and I wanted him too but sadly he wanted Edmonton.


How is this team too good to be floating around .500? They've added a PP QB in Green and a good third liner in Richards other than that so far the best player on this team has been a rookie named Dylan Larkin. Kronner has taken a step back, and Pasha will need some time to find find his hockey-gear again. It's been said a few times now but it is true the best coach in hockey had troubles, getting them into the playoffs so if a team isn't significantly improved - which this team isn't! - how is a rookie coach supposed to have them play better? Even as someone who wanted the koala he would have struggled too because even if coaches are having the same philosophy their will always be differences in terms of system - so a learning curve has to be expected.


The problem is, some people went into this season with way too high expectations and now that they are facing the reality they are starting to freak out. I mean, the Oilers are last again so fire McLellan, the Bolts aren't in the playoffs by now fire Cooper?


This thread also shows how blessed the Wings fans have been with Babs and his system maybe now even the Anti-Babcock crowd will appreciate his accomplishments (especially the last few years), even more. Do I think Blashill will be as great as Babock? No but I think he will be a good and maybe even great coach one day..not even can be a Scotty Bowman or Mike Babcock.

#2637389 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by frankgrimes on 16 November 2015 - 06:38 PM

Don't forget Rafalski

plus the dominator, Drapes

god such an awesome roster back then the discussion was who besides the Wings has a chance to win the cup now there is way too much parity which sucks the fun out of hockey

#2637306 11/16 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Senators 3 (OT)

Posted by frankgrimes on 16 November 2015 - 12:34 PM

Great job with the GDT


This should be a win, Ottawa has an average at best defense and it seems like Turris will be out for tonight.

#2637304 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by frankgrimes on 16 November 2015 - 12:30 PM

A lot of us are upset with how the Wings are playing.

Some of us are okay with us being where we are at.


My take is simple.

Why did Blashill get the job if everyone is saying he is so inferior to Babcock?

Why did we replace arguably the best coach we've ever had besides Scotty with a guy so inferior?

It's a little bizarre to me.

This isn't that young of a team in terms of years anymore.

These guys have been getting experience. They've been in the playoffs.

It's time to take a step forward.

It's unacceptable for Detroit hockey to be so poor.


Forget the reasons the Wings suck for a second, I'm curious, why do some of you accept mediocrity with the Wings but you never would with the Lions?


When someone is described as the best coach in hockey (= superlative) it means, that everyone else is not as good. So no matter whom the Wings would have hired the person would have been "inferior".  You've stated your dislike for Blashill after 4 games in, after 8 games in and now after 18 games in. So please tell who from the available candidates would have been better? Don't get me wrong I would have been happy if the Wings had interviewed more guys but they didn't and I still believe Blashill will be a good maybe even great coach one day, the guy has won at every level so far. But right now he is in for his biggest challenge AHL --> NHL this is a huge step up for everyone not just players because things that might work perfectly inthe AHL aren't going to fly in the NHL which includes strategies, PP variants . There simple is a different if you coach a guy like say AA against some other AHL defenders or let him do the same thing against a guy like Doughty, Keith.


So again whom would you have prefered? Babcock accepted the challenge elsewhere there is nothing the Wings could have done to avoid that and judging by the way some players talked about him (with a bit of disrespect) after he was gone...maybe it was time for that step, because both sides were ready to move on.


What Blashill will have to going forward is simple: bench players that aren't willing or capable of following his system this is his team now he is the coach and maybe some players need the tough love? People were laughing when some people stated that Babs has the Wings playing over their abilities and only 18 games in it seems like that was exactly the case. Even one of the best coaches (John Cooper) needed time to adjust to the NHL game once he did Tampa took of (also thanks to the captain and the unbelievable rebuild he did in just 4 years!).


I would bet my house that not even Scotty Bowman in his haydays, Quennville, Darryl Sutter or McLellan (who would have been my top replacement priority) could change much? Let Blashill learn and if Blashill still hasn't figured out by the same time next year maybe revisit this debate again. I'm just not a fan of blaming rookie coaches (there are for sure exceptions like that coach in Edmonton who threw a water battle at Hall..). Like you've said this team has experience and it's time for the leaders to step up their game and get the job done - if they aren't able to  ...well then find players who are able and willing to do so.


You can quote me on that I think Blashill will turn out to be a good (maybe even great) coach.


Edit: Don't even think for a minute that Kronner, Z or Pasha would have been willing to put up with a coach like Tortarella and neither would Tatar, Nyquist, Green and for sure NOT Richards (he hates him).

#2637226 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 November 2015 - 02:45 PM

Time to really think if Blashill is the problem.


Time to really say (again) no. A coach can only work with the roster given by his GM

#2636424 Veterans Day

Posted by frankgrimes on 11 November 2015 - 08:41 AM

I just want to take the time to thank our former, and current members of the military for their service (including our friends in Canada, and the UK).




God bless the army! Those guys are putting their life on the line in order to protect their country. They aren't collecting a huge enough paycheck for what they are doing 24/7. Words can't express how much respect I have for all the former and current soldiers: there is pride and then there is army pride!


Ah it's time to watch a few good men again.

#2636166 Devils Sign Tootoo

Posted by frankgrimes on 10 November 2015 - 02:18 PM

Frank, no one has any idea exactly what was said by Burrows. However, there is a line, even when trash talking, and for all we know, he very well could have crossed that line. If he was chirping anything to do with his brothers suicide, that is a line you just don't cross, and I hope Tootoo pounds Burrows face in next time they meet. There are some things you just don't bring up in trash talking, on or off the ice. I was never a fan of Tootoo in Nashville, prior to his short stint in Detroit, however the guy is a class act. Burrows on the other hand, is an a**hat. F*** Burrows...

I can't stand Burrows and came to like Tootoo a lot sadly he never really got a chance here but that wasn't his fault. Tootoo is tough and I fully expect him to deal with this like a man and pound Burrows next time they'll meet, there just wasn't and reason to make a big deal out of this...Tootoo like I've said is more than capable of handling this like a man.

#2635631 Play Coach - First Four To Go

Posted by frankgrimes on 07 November 2015 - 02:56 AM

I guess that prediction is spot on I'd bench the exact same 4 guys

#2634847 11/3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by frankgrimes on 03 November 2015 - 03:24 PM

Abdelkader has been quiet lately I would like to see a change to get him going again. I propose this.



I like this a lot


Will be a tough game would be happy with a point.

#2634313 10/31 GDT: Detroit Red Wings at Ottawa Senators

Posted by frankgrimes on 31 October 2015 - 07:16 AM

If things go south I hope to see some Kronwalled action and intensity

#2634312 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by frankgrimes on 31 October 2015 - 07:12 AM

Just so we are clear. Most of you guys or girls, whatever gender you are behind your computer, are talking out of both sides of your mouths.
Some of you don't think they upgraded.
Some of you say they are still young.
Some of you say the team is old.
Some of you say it's only 8 games.
While some of you say certain players have missed large chunks of the season.
Kyle Quincey all of a sudden is a Red Wing fan favorite. What? Since when?
If you think Babcock only reached mediocrity, then why did we bring in a rookie who will most likely do worse behind the bench?
Are you guys going to games or just listening on the radio?
The team is pathetic. 
This is the same team as last year. Close to beating the eventually Eastern Conference Champs. Plus the addition of Brad Richards and Mike Green. If you don't like them, then lets talk about Holland. If you do, and you should, then you should realize we should be better. But lets be real here, they weren't lighting the NHL on fire (Richards and Green) when they were healthy. 
Go Wings Go. 

So why did we sign him? Are you mad at Holland?

He is better than NOT having him. Think who would be center. Oh yeah, it's happening now. And we suck even more. 

Appreciate the math. I didn't know that. Even though I used to work for the organization. 

Oh good god just Email Holland that you are unhappy with Blashill 8 games in and I'm sure he will fire him..hey if he doesn't Mr. I has an Email address too so maybe he will fire both of them to please a keyboard warrior.

Also speak for yourself, thanks.

So far there is only one guy who seems to be writing before thinking but that's your own fault. Some research would have saved you a lot of time Richards was supposed to be a 3 line center, Mike Green was demoted to the third pairing during his time in Washington.

Whether you like it or not this team is in transition and has been for quite some time now. Maybe missing the playoffs would kick of a real rebuild and a better chance at Matthews. If you went into this season with false expectations that's your own fault..btw. The Bolts are on a whole different level the captain rebuilt this team in 4 freaking years unreal

#2634025 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by frankgrimes on 30 October 2015 - 09:23 AM

Do we agree if we don't make the playoffs, he should be fired?


No. Blashill has overtaken in team in transistion and like many have said in the off-season it will take time for him to implement his system and getting used to the coaching methods of other NHL coaches.

#2633980 Byfuglien - What would he cost?

Posted by frankgrimes on 29 October 2015 - 07:35 PM

The guys I'd want from Winnipeg are Scheifele (not going anywhere), Trouba or of course Wheeler who I think could be available if contract talks are going south.