All my Sabres friends talk about nothing but McDavid. They are honestly irate that Lindback has rediscovered his form since coming to Buffalo. They would rather see their once highly touted goalie fail miserably than become a valuable asset to the team. And that goes with all their young ones stepping up and playing well right now. Yet they still will only have a 20% chance a McDavid if they finish last. And therein lies the conundrum with tanking. Wishing your players to suck in order to get the greener players on the other side of the hill.
Then when they get said player they wonder why they still aren't winning and their other 22 players suck. It's madness.
For everyone who points to PIT, CHI, and tanking as the answer, I point to Detroit, Montreal, Tampa, NYR, Boston, Columbus, Edmonton, STL, Nashville, Minny, LA, SJ. For some of those smart rebuilding has worked, and the others tanking has failed. CHI and PIT are the exception, not the rule.
Great post 9.
Backing off the "tank" philosophy for a minute. Most of those teams you mentioned have reaped the rewards of at least one abysmal season. Star players like Price, Stamkos, Johansen, Pietrangello, Jones, etc all went top 5, but only Stamkos was a #1 pick. So you don't "have" to tank. Plain old being regular bad works too.
As much as a loathe the "tank it" philosophy amongst some around here, I can understand a Wings fan's frustration about never getting a Price in the draft. Just look at how excited everyone was to draft 15th last year for frig sakes.
But ultimately, cheering for your own team to suck is impossible for me to condone.
Did I miss something that absolutely stated Babcock isn't coming back?
No. You didn't miss anything. You simply lack the super-human ability to see the future that some other LGWs members are blessed with. With this power also comes greater hockey knowledge and an inflated value of one's own opinion.
Right now, it looks like Mrazek's style suits this Wings team better. Other team's game plans vs Detroit boils down to dumping the puck, getting on the grind, shooting from the point, and getting deflections and dirty goals. Mrazek's puck-handling and quickness in tight make that game plan hard to execute.
But being THE guy, and playing all the time, is different than being the backup, obviously.