Let me get this straight, the guy just passed Jack Adams for most all time wins (with the wings), and yet he's never won the Jack Adams Trophy for Best Head Coach?? hmmm...
Bowman had to win 62 games in a season to get one.
I absolutely hate how that award is given out. Its basically the coach of the most improved team award.
He rolls out horrible lines and makes all kinds of nonsensical "gut" line-juggling decisions, but he has a great relationship with the players, if not the best, and knows how to instill confidence and pride in his team. Which makes him the most irritating, and probably one of the best coaches, in the league today.
He's had at least some players who didn't get along with him. Filppula apparently didn't get along with him at all, which is why he didn't entertain the idea of coming back this year. Commodore believes Babcock tried to end his hockey career and hates him with a passion and there were even rumors a while ago that Zetterberg didn't get along with him.
Then again there's a saying about coaches like Babcock and Bowman. 364 days a year you hate his guts but on the 365th day you get your ring.
Compare the teams that Scotty had to the teams that Babs had and this is mighty impressive.
Babs also did it in less time with less games played (lockout).
Sure he makes some questionable decisions at times, but seeing as how he's been so dominant I'm willing to (mostly) overlook them.
We've got a great coach who I'd like to see stay as long as he wants and be able to walk away on his own terms. The guys deserves that much at the very least.
Edit: you beat me to it
Not to take anything away from Babcock who has been a fantastic coach but I don't think his win total is more impressive than Bowmans.
He definitely did it with less talent than Scotty, and in 5 fewer games (same amount of time though 9 years) but he had the advantage of the shootout.
Bowman's NHL had ties to contend with for all his tenure as Wings coach. Using his win % over his time here he'd have another 52 wins with shootouts.
Either way though I think Babcock passes even that number next season or the one after that and I wouldn't be opposed to extending him for another couple years. Something I didn't think I'd be saying last season.
What about the last few years? Don't count or matter?
Personally I think in a few years when Nyquist and Tatar are carrying the team offensively, with a couple of Dekeyser, Smith, Sproul, Ouellet, Marchenko or Backman carrying the defensive load. We'll be looking at these last few years in a much more positive light than we are right now.
Teams like Edmonton are insanely jealous of how we've managed to rebuild on the fly.
He's made some bad signings and a couple of questionable trades, but what GM hasn't? What he'll be evaluated on is how well the organization transitions from the Euro Twins era into whatever the next generation of our team is.
The Raycroft and Kessel trades are exactly what that fan base deserve. Along with the Clarkson and Phaneuf contracts.
Like every other fan base in every other sport the loudest and most outrageous fans tend to paint the entire fanbase in their colors.
For all the Leaf fans that deserve those trades there are millions who really do deserve to see some success.
Night after night through decades of futility they continue to fill their arena, while also paying the highest ticket prices in the league.
The waitlist to get season tickets there is so long that signing up right now would give your grandchildren, or great grandchildren the opportunity to buy tickets.
I may hate the team, but living in this city it's hard not to feel bad for the fans that just want more than anything else in the world to see their team win. We should have some sympathy for them considering the 42 years our fanbase went without a cup. They're closing in on 50.
According to the site the Leafs enter tomorrow nights game vs Calgary with a 4.6% chance to make the playoffs.
Should the lose in regulation those odds drop by 3.6% leaving them a 1% chance.
Should Columbus also win that would drop the Leafs chances by 1% leaving them at 0 despite not being officially eliminated.
Even worse, should Washington win their game tomorrow the Leafs odds drop another .5% leaving them with negative odds to make the dance, with a Philadelphia win dropping them further by .1 %.
So if things go perfectly against them they will have a -.6% chance of making the playoffs despite being only 4 pts back with 5 games to play. I don't disagree that the Leafs odds are ridiculously long but those numbers seem out of whack.
I can think of three roster spots they could have tried him in for at least a few games:
1. Luke Glendending, has a total of ZERO goals in 49 games... on pace for longest goalest streak in Wings history
2. Andersson - with 17 pts in 63 games and a -11, he's not really tearing it up
3. Anywhere else, we've had enough injuries, our 4th line has been a revolving whorehouse of players, Miller, Bertuzzi, Emmerton...anyone can sit.
again, just sayin, there were options to at least look under the hood in some NHL games, look at all the other kids that got called up this year and were sent back down...
If you're counting on Jarnkrok to shadow Crosby you're going to get destroyed, that's why he isn't even considered for Miller, or Glendening's roles.
He could play in Andersson's spot that he's currently occupying, but at the time Calle was traded, Andersson was on the checking line which is the absolute worst place for Jarnkrok to play.
Emmerton wasn't even in the NHL at the time of the trade, he was only called up because another center went down. Had Jarnkrok not threatened to go back to Sweden necessitating the trade he would have got his NHL shot with the Wings right then.
And before anyone claims that the idea of him going back to Sweden was made up, he admitted it himself to Swedish media.
The difference in scoring isn't that huge but I'm ok with that as long as we win.
Average goals for per game when Gustavsson starts - 3.27 goals per game.
Average goals for per game when Howard starts - 2.71
Over an 82 game season that's a difference of 46 goals.
It's gotten closer in the past month or so, but that's still a pretty drastic difference in goal support. I don't think Gustavsson has really played any better than Howard over the course of the season, but for whatever reason the Wings tend to score more when he's in net.