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#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.  

 

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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.




#2604645 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by gcom007 on 29 April 2015 - 09:59 PM

Mike Babcock.




#2603377 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by gcom007 on 29 April 2015 - 12:45 PM

I don't really know how it'll play out, but I'm feeling more and more confident as the day goes on, despite the adversity we're facing. It may be misplaced, but I really think this team can find a way to pull out a win. 




#2602514 ECQF Game 6 GDT : Lightning 5 at Red Wings 2 - Series Tied 3-3

Posted by gcom007 on 27 April 2015 - 09:44 PM

I base that on how he's constantly out of position and can't stop a breakaway, along with losing two games for us. Mrazek was not good at all tonight. Yes, he made a crazy save but only because he was, again, out of position.

I'll just go ahead and not respond to your childish remark.


Being a coach or GM doesn't make a person smart. The fact is Mrazek lost us two games. Going with either goalie is a gamble, but I'd rather gamble on the goalie that has proven himself. Mrazek is going to be an amazing goalie in a couple years but he still has a ton to learn.

 

Only as childish as PMs you sent in the past about Flip's successes. It's all in good fun though.

 

And in regards to Mrazek, just no. Does he have much to learn still? Absolutely. Is he losing games for us in these playoffs? Good God, Lemon, that's the most ludicrous thing I've read in these GDTs lately, to be totally honest. 




#2602502 ECQF Game 6 GDT : Lightning 5 at Red Wings 2 - Series Tied 3-3

Posted by gcom007 on 27 April 2015 - 09:35 PM

No it doesn't look like he has heart either that or the guys are just not buying it,Why do you keep bringing up those rosters lol? As if Yzerman couldn't of done that on any team they built the team around him, they built the team around Lidstrom.. he finally retired and Kenny is not in any rush to improve our team so now Z is stuck with that, I don't think he was the best guy to be the next captain to this day I still don't understand how Datsyuk wasn't made the captain, i bet he said give it to Z, I don't blame Z for the lack of success but yes I am mad that in the past few years we've had an opportunity to do something and he just hasn't been able to lead this team   

 

I've always thought Dats was the better player and the most important player on this team. He's a leader in so many ways, but for better or for worse, I don't think he ever wanted to be the captain. I could be wrong, but from all that's been said over the years, I just don't think it's his style. 




#2602488 ECQF Game 6 GDT : Lightning 5 at Red Wings 2 - Series Tied 3-3

Posted by gcom007 on 27 April 2015 - 09:24 PM

Mrazek is going to be incredible, but he is not yet an NHL goalie.

 

On what do you base that astute assumption?

 

And who are you rooting for in this series? It must be emotionally brutal for you.




#2602473 ECQF Game 6 GDT : Lightning 5 at Red Wings 2 - Series Tied 3-3

Posted by gcom007 on 27 April 2015 - 09:19 PM

Mistakes will make or break game 7, just like every other game in this series. We are plenty capable of beating Tampa, that's abundantly clear at this point. But we are also far too capable of handing them opportunities on a silver platter. If we can minimize the defensive breakdowns and terrible line changes, we'll win. Mrazek has been good even in the losses when you really break it down. We're scoring goals. But we have to stop making so many big mistakes. Tampa is too talented not to capitalize on them.

 

Make mistakes: Lightning win. Minimize mistakes: Wings win. Simple as that.