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In Topic: It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

24 May 2015 - 04:12 PM


I think it was 97.1. My apologies as I should have looked before saying anything. I'm not making it up though.


I also remember reading it. It was sometime last year when Kenny didn't land anyone at the TD I think.

I always thought it pretty ridiculous. Babs doesn't throws players under the bus in public.like Tortorella.  Babs is also known as a winning coach and most, if not all of the players want success above all. There are not many reasons why I wouldn't want to work under a coach like Babs if I was playing in NHL.

In Topic: Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

22 May 2015 - 05:11 PM

That is a great question.

I was kind of thinking the reason all of our players are small and soft is because they werent enough sustenance for blash.
So we get small skill guys in bulk because of this.


And don't forget the overriping of our prospects. We all know that a cut becomes more tender the longer it ripes. It all makes sense now.

In Topic: Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

22 May 2015 - 04:55 PM

Makes you WOnder how good wed be if we didn't have Jeff blashill in grand rapids eating our best prospects....

Why is everyone so excited to give a cannibal our head coaching gig?


Because he now stops eating prospects and starts to chew on old and chewy veterans like Cleary and Weiss ?! Only question is if players still count against the cap after eaten by your coach.

In Topic: It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

22 May 2015 - 03:50 PM

At this point, it doesn't even matter why he left. We had him as our fav teams coach for 10 years. He left on good terms. There are no hard feelings on either end with the exception of some bitter fans. 


It would matter if if he left because the Wings are a badly led doomed franchise with no future, while the Leafs are the sure next big thing. But even kip will agree that this is certainly not the case. :P

In Topic: It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

22 May 2015 - 09:06 AM


If that were the case then Toronto wouldn't have had to so massively overpay him for the pleasure.  Hell, they could have offered roughly the same money as Detroit and been confident he'd come to Toronto because they could offer him all the "intangible" things Detroit coudn't.  They could have offered him immortality.  Legacy.  Prestige.  Greatness. 


But it wasn't about any of that.  They had to massively outbid everybody because otherwise Babcock wouldn't have gone there.  They didn't give him that money out of the kindness of their hearts, and he didn't ask for it just for s***s and giggles. 


It wasn't about winning, or family, or anything else.  Eventually, as these things often do, it all came down to cash.  Lidstrom stayed with the Wings for less.  So did Datsyuk.  And Zetterberg.  And Kronwall.  Because they wanted to win here.


Babcock didn't. 


Not necessarily. I'd agree with you but there wasn't a bidding war from the Leafs side according to Shanny and Babs. The Leafs made the offer before Babcock was heading to Prague. The only one that raised their offer were the Red Wings. If you believe that is of course your choice, but I haven't seen any media piece that says otherwise. What does it tell us ? Well, Babs didn't demand that kind of money and I'm sure he'd still choose the Maple Leafs if we matched that offer or if the Leafs offer wasn't better than our first.


"It all comes down to cash" is a too simple answer.  Decisions are made because of a number of reasons. Money may have played a role, but all the other factors mentioned here in the thread and by Babs were probably more significant. If everything came down to money no one would have blamed Babs if he said so. He could have just sat in the presser and told the media that the Leafs made the best offer money wise. Would you blamed him ? I sure wouldn't. Almost nobody would. Instead he made lengthy explanation that sounds reasonable for a guy like him.