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#2609061 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 May 2015 - 02:12 PM

Hitchcock should be a frontrunner

#2609058 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 May 2015 - 02:11 PM

An unproven coach at the NHL level so it could go either way. But hey he will for sure make less than the GM and if things aren't working out Holland can sell it as another transition year instead of going for a real rebuild. I feel a bit bad for Orr and McLaren Babs won't play them on the fourth line

Unproven maybe, yet carries the same philosophies as Babs but probably way better in seeing when things don't work.
It won't be as dramatic as your making it out to be. Holland did the right thing whether you agree or not.

Could be better could be worse...Blashill will be in his first year coaching a team that screams fix the damn defense and get tougher ! Fixing this is the job of a GM Blashill just like Babcock can only work with what he has an let's be honest by Wings standards it's not much.

I hope people show some patience with Blashill because the guy is a rookie and will be tasked to get this team into the playoffs for a quarter century

I for one will for sure not expect anything and just hope he gets time to implement his system whatever it will be.

#2608973 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by frankgrimes on 20 May 2015 - 01:26 PM

Losing the best coach in hockey because of an insulting offer compared to others..yep , that contract extension has been well deserved lol All the best Babs your job got harder each and every season and your GM never brought in the much needed help Toronto is an unbelievable tough market good luck you'll need it. I hope going with Blashill finally means going for Austin Mathews too and start the rebuild

#2608189 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 May 2015 - 02:17 PM

Man if that's true the Blues will jump to the top spot. They have it all size, offense, defense and that grind it out kind of style. Plus their captain is an absolute beast and role model. A Babcock coached blues team watch out west.

#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