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.
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