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.
I am very excited to see what Blashill can do with this team. But what I am most excited about is there are no guarantees where players will line up on the roster... Will Ericsson remain on the top pair? Will Smith get a look on the power-play? Will Weiss have a chance at the 2nd line center spot? Will Jurco be in the top 6(9)? Will Pulkkinen be utilized better in the offensive zone (left side faceoff circle), Will Abdelkader / Helm remain in the top 6 (not necessarily saying they shouldn't...)? Will Ferraro / Callahan get a look on the 4th line? A lot of question marks... Going to be an exciting training camp. Can't wait!!!
As for Buffalo, yes it may of been a long season and lost season due to how the their team and organization has been slowly burning and not getting the number one pick was the nail in the coffin, well think again, now to make matters worse they thought they would have Babcock and he slipped through their hands and landed with a close rival
Well Sabres, how do you think fans of Detroit have felt? Watching our coach of 10 yrs speak with other teams not knowing and waiting, concerned if he does sign and we lose Blashill, but same time we are worrked about losing Babs also?
Buffalo, you had nothing to lose, only gain. We were going to lose either way, there has been salt in our open wounds for a week now.
Thats what's the most annoying. Him leaving is one thing, it sucks that he is leaving to a divisional rival that is going to be battling with us for a playoff spot. Luckily Buffalo and Florida suck lol.
I sense a renewed rivalry. That's probably the real silver lining here in losing Babcock. Maybe Wings/Leafs will turn into something special.
I blame Babcock for continuing to use E as a #2 just much as I blame Holland for not getting us another dman. It wasn't working yet Babs continued to put him out there.
I always saw that as making the best of what is a thin defensive corps.
Ericsson shouldn't be a #2 guy, but Dekeyser was actually 2nd on the team in terms of minutes. If you look at even strength minutes, Ericsson was 4th on the depth chart, which is about where he should be.
If you make Kronwall Dekeyser the top pair that's certainly better on paper, but it doesn't do great things for the other pairings. I think Ericsson was "good enough" to survive with Kronwall on the top pair and left more options for the other pairings.
Let's us not forget that during that 2007 year, where we needed just a bit more goal scoring, Babcock nixed the trade to bring Fedorov back at the deadline. We ended up losing to the Sharks in the WCF and could have won the series in game 6 if someone could've score ONE DAMN POWERPLAY GOAL...
not bashing Babcock, but that, again, is another example of his ego.
According to Ken Holland, that story is false.
The Blue Jackets wanted Flip and a prospect. Kenny kicked the tires a bit but sounds like it never got serious.
I think the wings will still make the playoffs and maybe even flourish without Babcock, he is an amazing coach, but I think this team is too stagnant with him here, they're trying to be too defensive while not being very good defensively. They need to play to their current strength and that's scoring With defensive responsibility, but not sooooo much emphasis on defense
When 5 of your 6 D-men are Quincey, Ericsson, Smith, Kindl, and Zidlicky, I think you need to focus on defense.
Mantha came into this year with the expectation that he could possibly step right into the NHL and perform. He was also protected by management in trades as an untouchable.
Yet he didn't make the NHL, and was average at best in the minors, often appearing as if he was just coasting.
Sure hes at the same point as Nyquist and Tatar in his career, but the later two exceeded the expectations the team had for them, not the other way around.
I think the public criticism is well warranted. This isn't a boom or bust prospect that is faltering. It's a blue chip vastly underperforming. I hope it lights a fire under his butt for this summer and next year.
"I thought our team played so hard," Babcock said. "I felt terrible, as bad as I've felt as a Red Wings coach, after the loss in Tampa and yesterday."
Babcock called veterans Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall "the best leadership group I've been around in pro sports. Those guys' window isn't as long as a lot of our kids'. At one point this year, we had 15 kids under the age of 28. We need the push from those kids. When I first got here, Datsyuk and Zetterberg and Kronwall were making older players that were here, they made them better. They were the kids that came and made them better and gave them another opportunity. We had a three-year run in '07, '08, '09.
"We need to have another run here. We're not a million miles away. The way we played against Tampa in games 3-7, you think you're a Cup contender, and you're out in the first round three out of four years. It's depressing.
"The great thing about being here is the expectations are high. I put expectations on our board all the time. Our owner expects you to be successful. I love that about this place. You're supposed to win. You're not supposed to be out, you're not supposed to have the team picture and the end of April or May."