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#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.

#2608778 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by hillbillywingsfan on 20 May 2015 - 11:58 AM


Mike Babcock is now the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.



le sigh....


Thats a fake account

#2608392 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 18 May 2015 - 04:37 PM

Our assistant coaches, and their special teams improvements were a primary factor in making the playoffs this year. We were terrible at even strength. Moving them for a guy with no coaching experience is a terrible idea. No matter how beloved Lidstrom may be. Thats the kind of stuff the Oilers do, not teams who care about winning.


It would be weird to have a coach who's better than any defenseman on the team.  Kind of like when Mario was Penguins GM.  

#2608369 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by freshy on 18 May 2015 - 02:23 PM

No ill will toward Babcock if he goes. 10 yrs is an eternity in the same position in pro sports. He is a smart guy with a psychological bent. I have a feeling that he wants a different challenge. Taking on a new gig elsewhere would  invigorate him, as well as give a fresh voice and ideas to the Wings. If someone is willing to pay him ~$5 million a year in the process, more power to him. Wings don't need to pay him anywhere near that much though IMO. 

#2608269 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by 55fan on 18 May 2015 - 08:53 AM

Thank goodness for Patrick Kane.  Sometimes I feel icky rooting for Corey Perry.  Kane is the antidote.

#2607981 Prospect Tourney in Traverse City renamed after Matt Wuest

Posted by HockeytownRules19 on 15 May 2015 - 01:13 PM

Helene St. James @HeleneStJames 6m6 minutes ago

#RedWings announce trophy awarded to to NHL Prospect Tournament champion renamed Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup, after late CapGeek developer.


We are so lucky to be fans of likely the classiest organization in sports!

#2608102 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by vladdy16 on 16 May 2015 - 08:57 AM

Hate the Ducks, but I hate Chicago more.  Have to root for the Ducks to pull this one off.  It hurts either way though.

#2608098 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by F.Michael on 16 May 2015 - 01:03 AM

On a side note, I do think he's a great coach, but I would trade him for Quenville if that was an option. I'm hesitant to want him gone because I don't know what better options there are, which admittedly is influenced by ignorance, I'm not an authority on coach talent. But if coaches do have shelf lives, I don't think we're a new coach away from a Stanley cup, so if roster adjustments are made as well I wouldn't be too sad to try something new.



Babs is arguably the hottest available coaching commodity hence all the speculation (also keep in mind Toronto wants him badly).


I'm indifferent overall...Part of me thinks this team needs some fresh ideas, and maybe a style better suited for what players we have...Then again - is there anyone available that can get the most outta a team that appears to have a 'ordinary' roster?

#2607646 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by yztheman on 14 May 2015 - 12:11 AM

Well after seeing how poorly the Canadiens played in that last game I feel a lot better about our team effort against Tampa


Man the clock is ticking on this team


Mr. I needs to get Babs signed, get him and pav and hank some help, get the team in the new arena and win one more cup


It seems like we have been 2 pieces short of a cup for a few years now except last year when we struggled so much, and notwithstanding the drop off this year


*  prays for manna and a cup to put it in *

#2606086 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 05 May 2015 - 09:37 AM

How would Jim Devellano define the Red Wings playoff performances over the last few years, including how the moves they've made (Weiss, Legwand, etc) have turned out?


Very disappointing?  

#2605874 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 May 2015 - 07:23 AM

I've watched a lot of Griffins this season (40-50 games) and I watched all 5 games of the first round against the Marlies, and one thing is for sure, this team is legit. Even with them being down 2-0 in the series, I had a strong feeling that they would come back to Grand Rapids and win the series. After they lost game 1, I made a bet with my two jackass Leafs friends that they would win the series. I ended up winning two cases of beer last night. :cool:


All of this talk about our center depth and no one has mentioned Tomas Nosek? He was without question, one of our best players in the first round. He's a big body, that protects the puck as well as anyone, and has very deceptive foot speed and hands. He flat out makes things happen in the offensive zone. Last night he split two defenders, dangled around a third man back, waited out the goaltender and feathered a beautiful pass over to Hoggan for the wide open net. Unfortunately Hoggan ended up hitting the post on the play, but nevertheless it was highlight reel material. I'm not saying he will do that at the NHL level but the skill is definitely there and the kid is still only 22 years old, in his first season of North American pro hockey. I think the potential of him making it as a 2nd/3rd line center is definitely there.


Pulkkinen has also been very good, but it kind of worries me a little that he still does his one go-to move; walks in over the blue line, puts on the breaks and winds up for the holy slapper. Sure, it works in the AHL but it clearly doesn't at the NHL level. I know he won't ever be the type of player that dangles past defenders but I think he needs a little more than that shot to make it in the NHL as anything more than a 3rd line winger / power-play specialist. In saying that, I don't think 15 goals on the power-play alone is out of reach next season if the Wings would actually use him correctly (ala Stamkos / Ovechkin, hovering around the left faceoff dot).


Despite Pulkkinen's huge numbers, I think the best player in Grand Rapids is Athanasiou. The kid is electrifying and is dangerous any time he's on the ice with that blazing speed. The comparison to Fedorov, although it may sound a little far fetched right now, I don't think it's out of the question either. Some of the similarities in their games are definitely there. The way they can take over a game with their speed, their hands, their size, etc. No, I don't think Andreas is going to put up 120 points in a season the way Sergei did, but I do think a few 80-90 point seasons at the NHL level could be within reach. People seem to forget that he is only 20 years old and in his first pro season. He has had a smoother transition from junior to pro than any prospect we've seen in our system in a looong time.


Bertuzzi is looking great as well, and although I thought he may max out as a 3rd or a very good 4th liner at the NHL level, I don't think the top 6 is out of the question. He's looking like he could potentially mature into a bigger Marchand type of player. I do still think 3rd/4th line duty is most likely, especially with our depth on the wings, but he continues to impress and exceed expectations at every level.


It is still mind boggling to me that Frk is once again out of the lineup. I thought he played great down the stretch in the regular season and in the first two games of the series (despite being losses). I guess it wasn't the worst decision to take him out, since the team rallied back and won the series but I do think he is an upgrade over a couple players in the lineup. One being Hirschfeld (the guy that got the game winner last night...) and the other one being Porter. It seems like he is getting the Weiss treatment, in that he can produce all he wants but he'll still be yanked from the lineup the first chance the coach gets...


Ouellet and Marchenko have looked very solid on the defensive side of the puck and are putting up some points as well, which is great to see. I found it to be extremely odd timing when Sproul was hauled from the lineup, as game 3 was by far his best performance of the 3 playoff games. I thought he had a very rough game 1, a solid game 2 and a great game 3. I would have much rather seen Lashoff or Evans out when Marchenko returned rather than Sproul, but again, they won, so you can't really complain with the result...


All in all, very impressive squad, and I think another Calder Cup could be going back to GR next month... :champs:

#2605849 WCSF : (6) Minnesota Wild vs. (5) Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 04 May 2015 - 12:05 AM

Wrong teams keep winning, bah. 

#2605710 ECSF : (4) Washington Capitals vs. (1) New York Rangers

Posted by kipwinger on 03 May 2015 - 01:31 PM

What a goal by OV today.  I'm not a big fan of his but man that was beastly. 




And honestly I could care less who wins this series, which actually makes it pretty fun to watch.  I'm not emotionally invested so for a change I can sit back and watch the hockey.  To each their own but I don't totally understand who stop watching once the Wings are eliminated. I highly recommend watching a series you're not invested in if the hockey is good.


I felt that way about the Capitals/Islanders series.  It was a great seven games worth of hockey.  It's educational to watch these other series.  When you only watch one team, you have a tendency to get tunnel vision about the team's successes and failures.  There are a lot of ways to be good, and bad, at professional hockey. 


Edit:  Jesus Christ.  Ovechkin is unreal.  Too bad he was all washed up a couple years ago eh?  Lol. 

#2605605 Free agents this off season

Posted by rick zombo on 02 May 2015 - 05:26 PM

Doesn't sound like Holland will do much during UFA season this summer, other than hope the team has "growth from within".


I know I know. It's shocking.

#2605395 Locker room Clean-Out Updates

Posted by kipwinger on 01 May 2015 - 02:16 PM

If his wife is rational like he is, she probably wants him to further his career and go for expanded responsibility or a GM spot. I think he likes what he's doing and doesn't much care about career implications.


Or maybe she has ambitions of her own?  That would be rational I think. 


Or hell, maybe she just wants to stay in the place that's been her home for a decade.  Where her kids grew up, and her friends live, and she feels comfortable?


I don't think there's a ton of use speculating about the desires of Mike Babcock's wife.  Especially since, unlike her husband, we know jack squat about her as a person.