Sparky Anderson had to die before Mike Ilitch would let go of the grudge with him and retire his number. He won't retire Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker's numbers, for what reason, I can't even imagine. They had the numbers, the championship, the longevity, stellar off field personalities.
"We" can all talk about forgiving him and grudges, but we weren't the ones who had to try and scramble to come up with $28 million dollars to cover a check to Fedorov on a team still fresh off the a Stanley Cup win and the shock of the limo accident. Not to mention that it involved Pete Karamanos just to add salt to the wound. Just when Detroit was ready to forgive and forget, he bolted for Anaheim. It really isn't a secret that Mike Ilitch loves to reward players, but he also expects loyalty in return. So when you consider Fedorov basically spit on him, not once but twice, it's not that hard to see why Ilitch wouldn't be rushing to raise #91 to the rafters. His team, his rules.
I'm not really sure how it was "well known" that Fedorov had marital problems, because it wasn't even known he was married to Kournikova until years later. In fact, she still denies it ever happened. That whole situation was a total embarrassment. But it just reinforces the point that Fedorov couldn't keep his off ice problems there. It also makes it that much more amazing when you see how guys like Yzerman and Lidstrom handled things, kept their private lives private and always got contract negotiations done with relatively little drama.
An offensive defenseman under 30 with a RH shot on a short term deal? Even if he does end up being subpar on the back end, it's really hard to find fault with this deal. When you consider what's out there (or what isn't out there) and the prices that those guys are demanding, kind of hard to find any negatives to it.
This reminds me of one of the things I really didn't like about Babcock, though I didn't dislike him overall.
I don't think he put a lot of guys, most of those mentioned and David Legwand comes to mind as well, in a position to succeed. Every guy is not a two way player that can play all three forward positions on all four lines. Seems like he was hell bent on forcing square pegs into round holes. Not to sound like Dennis Green, but they are what we thought they were. This is where I think there was a disconnect between Holland and Babcock. Hated the Tootoo signing and he always annoyed me, but I actually felt sorry for him and for how he was treated. Feeling the same with Weiss, although I think injuries were a major part of his issue. I'm a little disappointed that we won't get to see if he could have succeeded with Babcock gone.
I don't disagree with you there. A true #1 defenseman with an offensive side and capable of being a PP QB would be nice. Holland seemed to put all his eggs in one basket with assuming he'd get Suter, and when that didn't happen, he sort of did nothing. At the same time, the Wings just don't have a lot to offer in terms of assets. Since Suter, I don't think there's really been a whole lot out there in terms of defensemen who fit with what the Wings need at a price that makes sense.
These crazy immigrants coming to the US popping out babies just to get citizenship. Sheesh.
I'm kind of thinking that it has more to do with the fact her physician is likely here and they've mentioned many a few times they plan on residing here after his retirement. The citizenship rules are somewhat broad and pretty much anyone can play for any country with any kind of distant connection to a country.
Isn't Babcock still employed? Haven't his teams underwhelmed since 2010? Did Bylsma get this much attention the day after he was fired? Nope.
The hype is getting absurd. One way or another he needs to make a decision. Obviously I don't want the guy back. I make no pretenses otherwise. But more than that I'd like for the process to come to an end. I don't give a s*** whether he's taking his talents to Buffalo or otherwise. This is obnoxious.
Babcock is on an expiring contract and was given specific permission by his employer to seek other offers. That's quite rare in the field of coaching. Bylsma was fired. Had he been a wanted commodity as Babcock is, he would have gotten this much attention. Clearly he is not. The biggest market in the NHL, Toronto, desperately wants him, hence the media attention in Canada. I really haven't noticed that much media attention. I guess I'm not looking for it. I also think that Babcock knows he's setting the bar not only for himself but for his coaching peers for now and in the future and it seems he takes that responsibility very seriously.