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#2608613 Question for the Board regarding Babcock

Posted by gcom007 on 19 May 2015 - 03:51 PM


I'm not really sure why you're so upset about people commenting on what is, without question, the biggest story in hockey right now. 


Seriously what's the problem?  You just don't like that I'm talking about Babcock in two Babcock related threads?  Or you don't like that I feel differently about it than you obviously do?


I don't mind the discussion at all. What I think is ridiculous is people acting like Babcock himself has somehow directed the little (and I mean "little" literally, this is hockey news/media we're talking about here...) circus in the press surrounding the decision. The guy did one sit-down interview with one of the top hockey media guys and said all the right things no matter what his decision ends up being, in my mind doing so to try to be open and honest about the process, because so many are fascinated by it, for whatever the reason. I don't see that as a big deal at all, and I think he did it to try to quell some of the more ridiculous reporting going on. And as said in the other thread, I don't think he's dragged out the situation at all. Quite the opposite in fact, and he's fully entitled to drag it out a lot longer, but he isn't. This is a good thing for all parties involved, and demonstrative of the fact that again, he's not really dragging this out.


I can totally respect and understand why you believe him to be overrated, honestly. What I think is absurd is that you and so many others are trampling him for the way this whole situation has gone down. He's kept to a relatively tight timetable, been as open as reasonably possible in the right setting, and has said nothing that one should reasonably take as inflammatory. You want a new coach? Fine. I get why you might, even while I think it'd be great to keep him. But most everything else being bandied about by you and many others I view as nothing short of silliness.

#2608599 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by gcom007 on 19 May 2015 - 02:46 PM

I can't wait for this to end so all of this ridiculous whining can stop.

What's more absurd: Babcock taking a few weeks to make a huge decision or fans on a message board pissing and moaning about it incessantly for literally days on end?

You don't like all the media coverage?!? Boof****** hoo. Get over it. Babcock really hasn't done as much to encourage it as many seem so desperate to believe. Really, he hasn't. And he really isn't taking that much time to deal with it. It's not unreasonable that he wants to assess his options at the ten year mark, and it's more than reasonable to take a couple weeks to spend time actually talking to other teams in order to make an informed decision.

Nothing that is happening is outrageous except for how much some people around here want to whine about it. It's out of your control. The media is out of your control. And to what degree the media may be out of control, that is out of Babcock's control.

All things considered, this whole situation is being handled quickly and efficiently. Remember, Holland gave Babcock until the 25th to talk to teams, and Babcock came out and said he'd make a decision by tomorrow, the 20th. Babcock absolutely isn't dragging this out.

#2608477 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by gcom007 on 18 May 2015 - 10:12 PM

Is the Blashill obsession like the backup goalie and the backup quarterback thing in Detroit?

#2608334 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by gcom007 on 18 May 2015 - 12:48 PM


Doesn't he make that now? He deserves a raise anyways.


He makes $400,000 now, double what most AHL coaches make.

#2605404 Locker room Clean-Out Updates

Posted by gcom007 on 01 May 2015 - 02:27 PM




That's some positive sounding dialogue.


Affirms what I thought of his post-game comments. He wasn't really s***ting on anybody. He was sending a message to his younger players; their time is now.

#2605401 Locker room Clean-Out Updates

Posted by gcom007 on 01 May 2015 - 02:25 PM

It was actually reported somewhere that he had broken his hand when Abby left the game in which he was injured. Then magically there was no reference to it after that so the team must have told everyone to keep quiet. 


I've played with a broken toe once and that was no picnic. Ericsson's play was concerning in the playoffs. If it was due to an injury, that is reassuring.


What kills me is that E broke his toe in pre-game soccer. OF COURSE he did...

#2605150 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by gcom007 on 30 April 2015 - 06:24 PM

I also think Babcock was sending a message to his young players that they have to be better and they have to work harder to keep growing into solid NHL players who can compete when it matters most. Guys like Tatar and Nyqvist have a lot of skill and potential, but they're going to have to work harder and get stronger if they want to have a prayer of carrying this team when Dats and Z move on. As of now, they're simply not good enough. Not even close.

#2605148 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by gcom007 on 30 April 2015 - 06:18 PM

After what Babcock said last night, about not being as good anymore (despite making a 7 point improvement over last year, and taking the highest scoring team in the league to 7 games), mentioning the ages of Dats, Z, and Kronwall, and asking who's going to replace Pavs, I'd like to see him go. We have a lot of great young players on the team now and coming up soon, if Babcock doesn't think he can win here, then bring someone in who knows he will.


If Babcock wants to start nit picking, I'd like to point out he was here 10 years, and for 7 of those years he had the best defenseman since Bobby Orr, and only won 1 Cup... Dats, Z, and Kronwall have a few more good years left, and with Tatar, Nyquist, Abby, Helm, DeKeyser, Smith, Mrazek, Mantha, Larkin, Jurco, Marchenko, Ouellet, Sheahan, Pulkkinen, Glendening, etc. all in their 20's, we're going to be good for a while.


Nit picking my ass! We don't have anyone remotely close to Datsyuk's level coming up, and that's absolutely a problem. Babcock was being entirely realistic and addressing a very real problem that this team is going to be facing in the coming years. We do have a lot of good young players coming up, but do we have anyone even close to Datsyuk's level? I think people really, really, really undervalue how important Datsyuk is to this team.


As I said before, we're going to learn a lot more about Holland in the coming years, because it's one thing to lose Lidstrom when you still have true superstars in Dats and Z to build your team around. But as of now, it's highly unlikely that we're going to have that luxury when Dats and Z retire, and with Z likely slowing down faster, it's going to be all the more pressing of an issue.


Nothing Babcock said was unrealistic and unwarranted. We have some serious issues to deal with, and I don't think Babcock wants to wait until Dats and Z retire to hunt for a solution. And yes, I think Babcock is staying.

#2604828 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by gcom007 on 30 April 2015 - 12:09 AM

Re-sign Dan Cleary please.  




This obviously goes without saying.............

#2604815 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by gcom007 on 30 April 2015 - 12:02 AM

Same as it's been the last 4-5 years...


I would like it if we could just find one legitimate 3-4 defenseman. Not some bulls***ty 5-6-7 defenseman that you have to twist and turn in your head to imagine fitting into a 3-4 spot, but someone who's fully deserving of the spot. Someone who on this team could probably then slide into a 1-2 spot the way things have gone.


I really don't think this is too much to ask.

#2604778 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by gcom007 on 29 April 2015 - 11:18 PM

This is a weak argument. I'd like Barnaby and Claude Lemieux in our team too. Doesn't mean they weren't flaming pieces of s***.


Except I don't think he's a flaming piece of s***, and I think it's absurd to mention him in the same sentence as guys like Lemieux. PK is no angel, and he certainly still has some growing up to do, but I don't think he's quite the ******* some people make him out to be. 

#2604775 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by gcom007 on 29 April 2015 - 11:03 PM

Because he's a great player and seems like a decent guy? Because he does his job and gets under people's skin? Sure, he's immature and impulsive (Smith's disease), and sometimes he crosses the line. He's certainly not the only one who does.

So I agree. Go Habs Go!


The PK hate is really getting old. If he was on our team, this board would be oozing with joy at that fact on a daily basis, as they should.

#2604758 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by gcom007 on 29 April 2015 - 10:43 PM


It's possible I guess.  


It would seem a little surprising to me because it probably means management has said Mrazek is getting the lionshare of the starts or Howard is not interested in trying to earn the job back.


Even if they go 50-50, it's very likely that Mrazek's playoff performance this year is going to get him the nod heading into the playoffs next year. Howard knows this. Guys like Howard want to play all the time, especially in the playoffs. If he doesn't think he's going to get that opportunity here, I think he's likely to ask to be traded. And given how Mrazek played, even if they'd like him to go 50-50 next year, they'll likely be moving him into the starter role full-time the following season. I really think it could go either way, but I wouldn't be surprised if Howard wants to move on sooner rather than later with all this in mind. He's not exactly a spring chicken. 

#2604732 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by gcom007 on 29 April 2015 - 10:33 PM

howard has a ntc soooooooooo how can we move him his not going to oilers so quit thinking that he will want to go to a contender if he does allow it


Again, do you really think Howard is going to want to stick with a team that he knows probably won't be going with him in the playoffs moving forward? The guy wants to be the starter, plain and simple. He clearly was not happy with how things went down, and Mrazek did nothing but set himself up to be the new starter when it comes playoff time, even if they were to go A-B next year with Howard. I'll just be a bit surprised if Howard is content with that situation.

#2604722 should mrazek get #1 tag next season

Posted by gcom007 on 29 April 2015 - 10:27 PM

For everyone trading Howard I ask you this... Who is your backup then? I sure hope its not Gustavsson


Who knows, but Gus is most certainly done here. I like the guy, but he's made of glass. If you're going to go with Mrazek, you need someone a bit more serviceable than Gus at this point. It's a shame, because when healthy, he's a great backup. I still think he was the right move this last year, because Howard typically can play a lot of games, and if he went down, you have a capable Mrazek who can come up and play. It worked out great ultimately this year.