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#2608020 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by frankgrimes on 15 May 2015 - 04:39 PM

im starting to hope Babs leaves just so everyone saying they want him gone finally realizes how important he is to this franchise.


Same here and then people will realize how hard it is to replace the best coach in hockey by far.


I mean Babcock got this team into the playoffs when most people were thinking they'd maybe contend for a top 10 draft pick

#2607658 ECSF : (4) Washington Capitals vs. (1) New York Rangers

Posted by frankgrimes on 14 May 2015 - 04:36 AM

King Henrik :notworthy:


that guy and game 7 is like



#2607656 DRW Free Agents / Salary Thread

Posted by frankgrimes on 14 May 2015 - 04:02 AM


Dont want Green, past his prime and injury prone. Maybe in the pre-cap era, but not now.


Agreed I mean haven't the Wings learned by now ? It's not wise to bring in players with a serious injury history or pay a premium for a third pairing defenseman. Yeah I get it Washington has Niskanen, Alzner but Green should have been able to at least get a top two pairing job.


Wings need a big bodied physical shutdown type and someone who can run the PP.

#2607653 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by frankgrimes on 14 May 2015 - 03:54 AM

The close to done McLellan signing is not a slap in his face why would it be ? Todd was the first guy Chiarelli and Nichelson reached out to because well he was the first major coach available. At that time Babs hasn't been aviable simple as that.


Buffalo, St. Louis, maybe Anaheim and Pittsburgh - if Super Mario gets involved - are great opportunities for him too. Think about it, Babcock will have the opportunity to coach some superstars or a young team with an upcoming phenom in Eichel not bad not bad.

#2607307 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by frankgrimes on 12 May 2015 - 04:58 AM

Ryan Callahan undergoes emergency appendectomy: 




That sucks :(


Win for him Bolts end this stupid series tonight. Stammer time

#2607306 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by frankgrimes on 12 May 2015 - 04:54 AM

I think the wings will still make the playoffs and maybe even flourish without Babcock, he is an amazing coach, but I think this team is too stagnant with him here, they're trying to be too defensive while not being very good defensively. They need to play to their current strength and that's scoring With defensive responsibility, but not sooooo much emphasis on defense



This team doesn't have a clear identity whatsoever. Babcock is coaching a style that he believes fits his team best and let's them win...there is a reason why the Wings had to play a defensive minded system against better teams because Babcock knew, a scoring-race would end bad for this team. The defense right now is not good enough to risk something like that plus the Wings lack a pure goal-scorer. Playing an offense minded style would be like trying to force a brick through a circle..


Babcock has been begging for help and Holland hasn't delivered so now he is looking at other options which by all means is his damn right. Do I thinkk he will end up in Toronto ? Nope but listening to a franchise that will increase his salary is never a bad option he can now go to Edmonton and tell them Toronto is offering X amounts of money...I want to coach McDavid but the offer needs to be close to that ==> a very good situation for him, same thing with Buffalo and Eichel.


Also the St. Louis job will open soon (if they don#t extend Hitchcock), Rutherford can bolster all he wants if Super Mario decides Babs is his coach they'll make a strong pitch for him and their 2 superstars are entering their prime...if Anaheim makes it past Chicago I think they'll keep Boudreaus.

#2607113 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by frankgrimes on 11 May 2015 - 01:11 AM

Great article on possible destinations http://www.mlive.com...ossible_de.html

#2606993 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by frankgrimes on 10 May 2015 - 03:10 PM

You think that our actual roster can do better without Babs?!?!
I agree that we need changes... but ROSTER changes.


Obviously the good thing is all the Babcock sucks people will get their wish :-)


Yes, changes are needed but getting rid of the best coach in all of hockey - who has coached a very average team into the playoffs for 3 seasons in a row - is the wrong thing to do..roster, GM changes would have been needed. But hey, a few patchworks here and there and an inexperienced coach in his first NHL year will make this team a contender so what do I know.


In all seriousness I hope Babs can win a cup wherever he is going next sadly he didn't get the horses for another cup here.

#2606240 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by frankgrimes on 05 May 2015 - 09:49 PM

Some people would rather have another 180 lbs soft player instead of a 27 old power forward who is also tough as nails

#2606161 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by frankgrimes on 05 May 2015 - 06:16 PM

Comments were probably not needed.


But does anyone really believe he isn't disappointing so far?


Wasn't he like the next Yzerman?


He barely scores in the AHL...


Nobody - at least to my knowledge - expected him to be that. Once again guy has played his first pro season after coming back from a broken leg, that's not an easy task. Also Mr. Devellano should focus on his advisor (or whatever his role is) job, instead of slamming players through the media.


Also Leafs Lunch today had a nice discussion about that and I think they did have a point: Wings front-office might get a bit desperate here and sadly realize that the current group is able to get into the playoffs but not further than the 1 or 2 round without much needed youngish topplayers and how do you get them ? Through the d raft by picking in the top 5 :(


Ok so Mantha needs to hit the gym like crazy and other players don't Mr. Devellano ? There are almost 4 months off everybody needs to work on something be it bulking up, get quicker, lose weight or whatever so to single him out is a really dumb thing and absolutely unncessary.

#2606071 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by frankgrimes on 05 May 2015 - 05:14 AM

If that's the case I'm sure others will pay even more after such nice comments

#2606012 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 May 2015 - 09:05 PM

Calling him out like that is 1. Unnecessary and 2. Embarrassing guy came back after a broken leg and went into his first pro season. Heck I'd trade Nyquist, Tatar before trading Mantha guy has the size and skill to become a power forward.

#2605950 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 May 2015 - 04:42 PM

Way to stick up for a great prospect after coming back from a broken leg...

#2605949 Call Out the NHL on BS

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 May 2015 - 04:41 PM

For me it is really simple I know what I like and I also happen to know what I dislike/hate and one of these things is change for the sake of changes. For decades ! hockey has been seen as a niche sport for a niche audience and there is nothing wrong with that, so why not play to the strength of an already established audience of fans ?! I don't care if some people are turned off by physicality, fights or tight defensive systems because if they are guess what ? Watch something else that's the beauty of choice.


When players are reaching the point where they don't even know what is and what isn't a penalty and what leads to a suspension and what doesn't then the league does much bigger problems than putting out some pro-made videos trying to find reasons for suspensions. I don't care if it's understandable for me but the point is it should be understandable for the players, coaches and GMs because they are the product so to speak. I've said it before and I'll sayit again there are so many advantages of being and niche sport and having that audience basically locked up (I mean 3 lockouts and some fans went right back to paying for NHL stuff again), so why not do the things the existing things want and expect ?


If things I happen to like are changing for the worse damn right I'll call the responsible people out for that especially if they don't have any skill nor respect for that great game of icehockey.

#2605870 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by frankgrimes on 04 May 2015 - 05:42 AM

Well the Leafs can always take back another bad contract to even the caphit. As much as people like to question Phaneuf he is tasked to play over his capabilities in Toronto I honestly believe he would do well here.
Which other realistic and not too expensive option is available ? Boychuck is re-signed and I highly doubt the Hawks will make Seabrook available anytime soon.

If we get Phaneuf he'll most likely be in the same situation, but older and probably playing on his off side.
Even considering that, he might be the best d-man available.  :confused:

Well we have Kronner as the number 1, so Phaneuf could slide in as a number 2 or even a nice complementary piece to pair with DannyD.

I also think he is the best available one because 1. I think Seabrook will stay with the hawks and 2. Green is another risk because of his injury history