Yeah, if only the Wings could be like the LA Kings, you know, they win every year and never are in danger of missing the playoffs. Or maybe the Blackhawks. A team like that wouldn't fall into a wildcard spot. I mean, really, Holland should've had the foresight to get a star goaltender like Devan Dubnyk.
I can't imagine how exhausting it must be to have such unrealistic expectations and the constant negativity as a result. I don't love the Wings losing, but I think there are fan bases of twenty or so other teams who wouldn't mind having a team like the Red Wings.
Terrible injury, poor guy. He had great presence of mind to get off the ice so quickly - and thank God, it missed his eye somehow. Hurry back, you silver fox, we need your heart and determination out there!
I have a feeling Babcock wants to use his rare situation as a "Free Agent coach that wasn't fired" to gauge different challenges that will be presented to him. I have a feeling he might want to go somewhere where he gets the kind of control that Bowman got here after Bryan Murray was let go. Seems like Ilitch/Holland want to run the team as a band-aided and safe "Old Boys Club", than make significant changes to make the team better (like Bowman did after Murray).
....which leads me to my next point.....
The positive outlook I have for Babcock leaving, is that atleast SOMETHING about this team changes. Since the last lockout, the Red Wings have become the NHL's definition of insanity. The team has the same two goalies and six Dmen that started in the 2013 playoffs and most of the same forwards. There's also the same GM and head coach, of course. We even went into this current season with nearly the same exact team that barely made the playoffs and couldn't handle the Bruins in the first round, minus Alfredsson. "Oh but we'll be healthier, young guys will get better, Jimmy will bounce back, blah blah".
Wings fans act like Babcock leaving would be equivalent to Al Arbour walking away from the Islanders a day after leading them to a 4th consecutive Cup. In reality, Babcock has lead the Wings to win only three playoff series in the last five seasons, and they haven't made it past the second round in that same span. The way they're playing right now, it doesn't look like that is going to change. I know it's not all Babcocks fault, but when will some accountability fall his way? A new message might be refreshing, especially if the (likely) band-aiding continues.
Look at this roster (defense especially) if 1 guy - this season Ericsson - is having an off-year the top 4 is horrible. It's Danny, Kronwall and then the drop off is a huge one. Babcock at least deserved to be in the Adams nomination last year for getting the team into the playoffs but of course Roy got an underdog to almost the second round so he won it (not undeservingly) but anyways.
Babs himself said that Detroit is a project and nobody can predict how this project will or will not turn out in the post 2 elite center era! Am I ok with every move by Babcock ? Hardly but guess what the guy knows what he is doing and I also don't like some of his blind veteran loyality (but that's something every coach has or develops for whatever reason). If people think Blashill is the answer to the Wings problems they are in for a huge wakeup call if he really takes over next year.
Like I've said before if this team is really this fragile about their coach, the problems are much deeper than just the contract status of Babcock or the defense.
The almighty - who is a really great coach - Quennville has a stacked roster and the Hawks are still having troubles without Kane. At some point there is only so much a coach can do and in my mind Babs did a miraculous job with the Wings in the last few years, especially given that the roster is nowhere close to the one we've had in over a decade ago.
Extremely fortunate to even get a point out of that disaster. This is a full-blown collapse now. These injured guys need to play Thursday. If we are Montreal I get it, but you have all summer to heal if you don't get into the playoffs first. As hard as Andersson and Glendening played tonight, that's not going to win many hockey games up the middle. Especially with Weiss tied to the bench.
I'm not even upset with this anymore. The past month has just conditioned me to expect efforts and results like this. The Wings just look slow, unskilled and riddled by mistakes. Which is nuts because they really weren't any of those things before March rolled around.
Did everyone miss the fact that Ottawa has been one of the best two or three teams over the last couple months? I'm not saying I like how we played tonight at all, but it's not like we lost to the Oilers or Sabers here, and we got a point out of it. This team has problems, no doubt, but it's important to have some perspective.
Hammond is on the streak of a decade and there's Petr, out-dueling him in a goalie matchup with the shots nearly 1:3. This is the biggest game of the year and Mrazel stands tall and proud. What a performance! Love this kid!!