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#2611015 The return of The Mule?

Posted by LeftWinger on 28 May 2015 - 11:15 AM

I know what everyone here is expecting to hear from me, BUT, I really would like to see him back 100% and scoring 30 goals again. If he could, then that would eliminate the need to get more offense this summer.  Before his issues, he was a top 6 guy, but then shortly after the contract he started with his concussions and has not even been a shell of himself since.  For his health and family I hope he makes the right choice, even if he goes through camp and feels good, you know there are players out there that will target his issues and lay a huge hit on him first chance they get.  This is said very often for those with concussion issues, but it speaks volumes, one more hit and he could have permanent brain damage.  What's more important, the game or the children? Don't make it so you cannot enjoy your children and don't be selfish and become a lifetime burden on those children by becoming unable to function by yourself and needing a lifetime of assistance.  IMO, hang em up, but I do wish him the very best.

#2609773 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 May 2015 - 05:17 PM

Yes, but when Pulk was out there with Dats, he scored.  He is a top 6 sniper, that is his role.  I'd rather him stick with Dats and become a huge threat than see him rot on the 4th line.  I have no doubt Blash will play the kids a bit differently than Babs did.  But you're right, you must earn that spot, and if he struggles, then change it up.  Heck, Jurco is known for his hands and scoring ability (before he got in the dog house) maybe he could it up there with Dats.  He is a bigger body as well...  My point is, I don't want to see Abby and Helm in the top 6 when far better offensive players belong there, and that is what makes me so excited for the coaching change, a new approach to players.

#2609663 Babcock says good-bye in full page ad. SIAP

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 May 2015 - 11:08 AM

Hopefully the first time TO is in Detroit, the organization puts together a nice presentation for him, so the fans can cheer and say goodbye.  Maybe just his picture on the scoreboard and announcer saying that the fans and team would like to thank him for 10 years of great hockey!  Crowd erupts, Babcock cries, then Mrazek shut's out the leafs....perfect night.

#2609655 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 May 2015 - 10:53 AM

...and now those great prospects are and will soon be on HIS NHL team.  Plus he will still be spoon fed great players by the best organization in pro sports.

#2609640 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by LeftWinger on 22 May 2015 - 10:24 AM

can't wait to see the line of AA-Larkin-Mantha next season in GR! WOW!


...and if Hyman comes here via UFA, oh boy! Katy bar the Door! The rest of the NHL is in trouble!

#2609009 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 May 2015 - 01:39 PM

I've believed all along and even spoke about it on 97.1 The Ticket, Detroit/Holland had the upper hand the entire time, either they keep Babs or have Blashill in hand.  No doubt in my mind that Holland pretty much knew this was happening, at least was 90% sure.  I don't doubt Blash is named to be the next HC today.  Blashill has to be flying high right now!  I am too! At least Blash should play the kids in the right spot and not put players in the top 6 that don't belong there!  Jurco and Pulkkinen will prove that they belong higher than the 4th line!

#2608979 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 May 2015 - 01:29 PM

...and all at once, Weiss, Smith and Jurco all exhaled a sigh of relief!

#2608960 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 May 2015 - 01:22 PM

I am not going to be the one to start it, but someone start a thread about what you want to see out of a Blashill run Red Wings team!


I for sure look forward to NOT seeing Abby and Helm in the top 6! Oh, and E in the top 2!

#2608943 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 May 2015 - 01:17 PM

Scherzer, $uh, Babcock. "...it's never been about the money."

#2608939 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 May 2015 - 01:16 PM

Not bitter, but Babs left us or more money (can't blame him or taking twice the offer) so no way do I even think about trading ANY of our kids to Toronto in a Phanuef deal!  No way Babs turns his back on us and deserves to get anyone he walked away from! Especially Larkin, Mantha... he has his money, he can develop his own kids!

#2608895 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 May 2015 - 12:59 PM

I asked about the $8M a few pages ago, and a few pages earlier than that I said, the only way he goes to TO over DET is if the offer was two-fold...I was really kidding about the two-fold thing, but I guess that is what it took for real...wow!

#2608804 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 May 2015 - 12:16 PM

Don't believe the flightaware info...if you read it, they have it arriving at Metro (KDTW) in Romulus and departing 3 minutes later from City Airport (KDET) in Detroit...not possible.  Not saying he isn't going to be a leaf, but still, the info is wrong.

#2608745 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 May 2015 - 11:08 AM

I'm telling you, he is on the phone with LeBron right now...

#2608726 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 May 2015 - 10:14 AM

Still $5M a year, which Detroit can match, BUT for 6 years is the bad part.  We's for sure lose Blash and then we'd be stuck with questionable line combos or another 6 years and never really see what Pulk and Jurco can do...let alone see Mantha, AA or Larkin on a top line. Heck, Weiss, Smith and Jurco would be all but gone with Babs here, and Howard would too come deadline day...I say let him go to Buffalo, let him try is hand at building a winner instead of inheriting one, plus he gets Jack Eichel, a franchise player. I am not mad if he goes, I would be mad though, if Blash leaves our organization, he knows the kids better than anyone....Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco, Sheahan, Mrazek, Pulkky, Ferraro, Callahan, Marchenko, Jensen, Ouellet, Sproul, AA...Who else would be better coaching those guys?

Maybe when the decision is made, Babs can call LeBron and get his help in making the announcement...

If Babs take Detroit offer, say goodbye to Blashill...say hello to Abby on the top line and Helm on the 2nd....again...

of course if Family wants to stay in Oakland County...then, he will take the lessor offer...

#2608722 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by LeftWinger on 20 May 2015 - 10:04 AM

The exciting thing about Babcock leaving would be the new coaching approach.  Especially personel and line combos.  Maybe this revitalizes Weiss's career? Does a 2nd line of Nyquist - Weiss - Zetterberg make for great combo?  I know the overall sentiment is to trade Weiss, but that was under Babcock, and I think well all can agree, that Babcock did have the ego that made him utilize players the wrong ways sometimes. 


This also changes the approach of what NEW players are drafted and pursued in July.  Not that Holland doesn't ultimately control the situation, but I am 100% sure he considers his head coaches opinion very important as too what kind of team he wants on the ice.  I can also see Blashill and Holland meeting with his captains and leaders and asking their opinions of what changes need to be made.  Maybe Datsyuk has an idea of who could take this team to the next level.


We all know we need to upgrade our D, and if that's signing Green and Martin to replace Zidz and Smith (if traded) or whatever, but I think that just the new approach to coaching and the willingness to put players where they belong (Pulk on the top line, Jurco off the 4th) will dramatically change our offense.  Like I said in other threads, it would be nice to get that #2 center from somewhere, but with a new coach and approach, is it worth seeing if Weiss can produce in between Z and Gus?


Also, the fact that Detroit (having allowed these teams to talk to Babs before his contract was over) is asking for three 3rd round draft picks in three years as compensation is also huge, especially this season with Buffalo having the 2nd pick in the 3rd round, that's pretty much TWO 2 round picks for Detroit, and even the following two years will be pretty high picks in the 3rd round as Buffalo will take a few years to get in the top 10 of the league, if they ever do. So that is great in itself!


So, for this off season, we possibly get a high 3rd round pick for Babs, trade Kindl, lose Cleary, Monster, Cole, Zidz, sign Green, promote Blashill, steal another 1st round at the draft and maybe even make a deal for another defenseman.  I like(d) Babs, but time has come or change and I wish him luck in building a team and am SO excited to see if Blashill's success with our kids can continue in Detroit!



Tatar - Dats - Pulk

Nyquist - Weiss (if not traded) - Z

Jurco - Sheahan - Helm

Miller- Glendening - Abby

Ferraro(if not waived) (Andy if re-signed or Callahan if not waived)


Kronner - Green

Ericsson - Martin(or Smith if re-signed)

Dekeyser - KFQ




Howard (if not traded)


I think 25 years in a row is a given, but maybe even more!