Babcock's not losing it. Look what he just said about the Red Wings...
"They hired good people and let them do their jobs. There's no question that Ken Holland — everyone talks about Lidstrom and Yzerman and Datsyuk and Zetterberg, but the superstar there is Ken Holland."
Last year this team got embarrassed by Boston, this year they were better but after watching Stanley Cup playoffs is obvious that the Wings are far away from cup contention. Tampa will only get better and the West is well just loaded.
Anyhow just don't rush Mantha, Larkin and hope that Pasha can stay healthy.
They lost to Boston yes, but they didn't get embarrassed. Other then a few empty net goals and 1 really bad game the series was close. Tampa is good, they should continue to progress. It's also possible some players had career years, and will take a step back,and as always injuries happen. My point being is that a lot factors into a franchises continued success. Wings at the moment are upper middle of the pack with room to grow, it's not all so bleak.
Other then that, if Mantha and Larkin are ready they should play if not let them continue to develop.
I guess I'm in the minority, but I'd prefer to see consistent performance before handing out a huge contract like this. Very good chance the contract ends up being a bargain for the Blues, but I still scratch my head a bit.
The mistake many making here is assuming that this case even gets before an arbitrator.
Neither side wants that, no player wants to hear his employer explain all his shortcomings in an effort to cut his salary. Nyquist has excellent regular season production but he'd be roasted on his awful playoff numbers to this point. Still I think he'd get a better offer by going to arbitration than what I think he's going to sign before it gets there.
I expect him to take a deal in the 3.75 to 4.25 million range, similar to Kadri's but perhaps a little longer.
I'm just happy to see Holland taking some chances, especially after Weiss blew up in his face. You can't be scared of free agency just because some deals don't work. You've got to build first and foremost from the draft for sure, more than ever in this era. But you can't accommodate for everything in the draft. You've got to plug holes via trade and free agency. There's no guarantee these moves will get us a Cup or work out at all, but you've got to keep trying. And these deals today are pretty good ones.
But if these too blow up, I really will be convinced that Holland is 100% completely cursed.
A good signing. I know he can't play defense, but we have plenty of defensive minded defenseman. We just needed one person who can actually move the puck and shoot the puck well. Kronwall has regressed with his shooting.