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

21 May 2015 - 05:25 PM

it's not a failed season, but if you string together all his seasons together since the cup runs it's been dissappointing Z and Datsyuk plus Kronwall all in their primes and you can't make it to the final four once since


If Z, Dats, and Kronwall would have cashed in on the opportunities they had, they would have had 2-3 more cups.  The game 7 loss in Pittsburgh is one example.  Another would be the conference final loss to Anaheim in 07.

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

20 May 2015 - 09:02 PM

It's not cup or bust in Detroit, it's improve or gtfo, why would we offer him five mil? He hasn't made it to the final four in years, we were right to let him go let's either get a big piece for the rebuild or make it past the first round next year, that's all I want.


So in other words, cup or bust.


Improving means that the end result is a cup.  I don't think that is realistic.  I think that playoffs is the first major milestone.  After that, its competitive.  We took the Lightning to 7 games and probably should have beaten them.  I don't think its a failed season.

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

20 May 2015 - 01:29 PM

That's a crazy contract. He's lucky it was offered. Can't blame him for taking it. Good luck to him.

Lets get Blashill signed quick, and move on.


After he wins a Calder Cup with the Griffins.  Be patient.  :D


Heck, based on the hirings before Blashill for head coaches in Grand Rapids, at least let me have a handful of quality games before the next idiot comes in and takes the Griffins to Craptown.

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

20 May 2015 - 01:27 PM


More money, and as a Canadian chasing the dream of turning that crapfest of a franchise into something respectable.   Foolish, but I can understand the dream.  


And the extra millions would probably help cushion the potential failure a bit. 


The only way this doesn't turn into a win for Babcock is if he gets in there and the franchise doesn't improve at all.  All he needs to do is get the Leafs to qualify for the playoffs his first year and that will be considered to be a successful season.  After that, if he can show progress, many fans will support him.


That is a heck of a lot different than in Detroit where the mentality is "cup or bust".

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

20 May 2015 - 01:24 PM


Not all head coaches are good assistant coaches. It could have also been a thing where like players he just wasnt ready for the NHL. He has grown in the AHL from what he was as an assistant and you can see the results hes getting with lesser rosters each season.


The Griffins had a very good team this year and it took them some time to gel.  I can attribute the Griffins success to Blashill this year.  As you said, not all head coaches are good assistant coaches.  Will he succeed?  I certainly hope so.  If he struggles out of the gate, many wings fans will not have tolerance for failure.  Heck, 1st round playoff exits won't cut it for many of the fans here.  Its not "cup or bust" by any stretch, but you get the idea.