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#2608365 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 18 May 2015 - 02:13 PM

 

So Babcock didn't have any say in Samuelsson and Bertuzzi taking icetime away from Nyquist and Tatar for several years?  How about Cleary's return?  All Holland's fault?  Babcock is partly responsible for this "overripe" crap.  

 

Playing your 4th line 15+ minutes in big games is also Babcock's fault.  He gives the wrong people more icetime and has the worst line combos of any coach I've ever seen.  

 

Defense wise, I agree he doesn't have much to choose from.  There's no way to mix and match our defense pairings and not get an underwhelming lineup together there.   


 

We've discussed this before.  I feel Babcock is equally responsible for those decisions.  I have a hard time believing that Holland made unilateral decisions on signings and trades without consulting Babcock at all.  If so, then by all means, let's fire Kenny only.  But I don't think so.  

 

Right. Which makes little sense to me. You're blaming Babcock equally for what is 100% Holland's responsibility.  

 

Of course the decisions aren't without input from others.  Just like Babcock consults people in his decisions. But their disagreeing on rosters has been well documented over the years.   And even if Babcock has Holland's ear and is lobbying for these things, it's still ultimately Holland's job to decide what's best for the team in those situations.  If giving too much weight to his coach's opinions is causing him to make bad decisions, it's still absolutely Holland's fault.  

 

And frankly if that's the case, that's even worse and Holland should probably go.  He's there to run the team, not be a patsy for his coach. 




#2608344 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 18 May 2015 - 01:05 PM

Here's a fun fact, Babs' last contract extension was in October, 2010.  By that time he'd already won an Olympic gold and gone to the finals twice.  And all those accomplishments could/should have been used in the negotiations for that contract.   

 

What's he done since 2010 that would nearly double his last contract?  Win one Olympic gold and two playoff series?

 

Earned Holland a 5-year contract extension by getting Kenny's mediocre rosters into the playoffs year after year?   :P




#2608313 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 18 May 2015 - 11:40 AM

 

I'd certainly agree that throwing money around can (initally) legitimize a franchise.  It's worked pretty well in Minnesota up to this point.  But eventually you're going to have to deliver on those expectations.  Suter and Parise flat out legitimized Minnesota's organization.  Buying those guys instantly made them a credible player in the league's "power structure" (my term).  But if that's all the signings ever accomplish, I think you'll have a hard time arguing that it was a success. 

 

Toronto is already as high profile as it can possibly get.  Everybody already knows they're willing to spend more money than anybody else to get what they want.  The only thing keeping Toronto from credibility is the fact that they can't seem to win when it matters.  If they give Babs 5+ million, they'll be expecting him to do exactly that.  If he doesn't, I don't see how they can consider the deal a good one. 

 

I don't disagree.  I wasn't so much arguing that teams throwing money around was a sound strategy from a hockey perspective, but that it can still be from an ownership perspective.  And they definitely have limited shelf life if the team still isn't winning, though that shelf life can still last several seasons.  I think the Suter and Parise signing has handicapped the Wild, but it's also gotten then them into the playoffs three years in a row, twice into the second round.  From an owner's perspective I'm guessing that's paying off financially. 

 

Basically I'm just saying  "win when it matters" doesn't necessarily mean you have to win the Stanley Cup for it to be a financial success.

 

As for Toronto, who the hell knows how that will go.  I'm still surprised they fired Carlyle.  I'm sure Babcock would be paid extremely well to go there, and I can kinda understand the dream of turning that franchise around, but you have to believe you'll have the support you need and will be put in a position to succeed.  I don't think you can say that about the Leafs organization, unless Shanny has some master plan he's not revealed yet. 




#2608279 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 18 May 2015 - 09:19 AM

I think there is a very high chance that Babcock stays in Detroit. I think the Wings are his best option (best chance to win now and in the future) of the teams on the board, and his family want to stay in Michigan. In saying that, I've had mixed feelings throughout this entire process and I still remain up in the air in what I would like to see happen. Part of me wants to keep Babcock and another part thinks it's time for both he and the team to move on, and promote Blashill as the new head coach. I don't see it being at all likely that we keep both, so if we do keep Babcock then we will most definitely lose Blashill. What if Babcock does decide to re-up for just one season at a time? We lose Blashill this year and Babcock next year? I think Kenny is smarter than to allow that to happen.

 

I do think Babcock is very over rated and I get sick of some of his strategies and line mash ups, so I am leaning toward wanting Blash to take over. He's a great coach, and I believe he will likely win another Calder Cup with the kids this season. That will be 2 Championships in 3 years. I know the American League isn't anything close to the same as the National League but I do believe he can translate that same success to the NHL. He knows all the kids just as well or better than anyone in the system and I think he would continue doing a great job developing these guys with the big club.

 

I understand he's "Canada's coach" or whatever but it's definitely been a bizarre process, particularly him and Kenny sitting side by side for the TSN interview (Though the tracking of the Sabre's owners plane is pretty insane too).  If he does stay in Detroit, I'm trying to figure out what piece of information Babcock needed to finalize this decision that he didn't already have, unless this really was about using other offers as leverage to get his offer to market value and the money being there from Holland was polite talk. 

 

It just puts an odd tone to things if he stays.  I guess the positive outlook is that he saw what was out there and decided the Red Wings were still the best, but the flipside is, why didn't you believe that all along?  

 

If it were about how the kids played this season, he already has that info.  And Holland can't make any promises about landing free agents. Or if he does they don't really mean much because it's something that isn't under his total control, and he hasn't had a great track record lately anyway.  

 

I guess there's the possibility Babcock wonders if he's losing the room, which he seemed to mention in the interview.  But again, going to other teams doesn't answer that. 

 

I don't really follow the Griffins but for those who want Blashill, isn't there a great chance it's very much the same style?  I thought part of the reasons the kids could come up to the Wings so seamlessly (other than over-ripeness) is the similarity of the systems.  




#2606339 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 May 2015 - 09:38 AM

Red Wings say something that is true.

 

Red Wings fans mad about this.

 

Got it.

 

Apparently you don't.

 

Most people in this thread aren't mad and aren't arguing that Devellano's comments are inaccurate.




#2606204 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 May 2015 - 08:39 PM

 

Babcock calls guys out all the time.  He's done so with Kindl and Weiss recently.  And justifiably do.  He's done so with White, Commodore, Smith, and even Hudler in the past.  Why is it no problem when Babs calls out a pro, but Jimmy D does so with a prospect? 

 

Again, I see no reason to poo poo the kid.  The league, and/or the world, don't give a s*** how sensitive this kid is treated.  You either get over the hump or you don't.  That's on him.  But I don't think the organization deserves praise and/or criticism for how delicately they treat an adult man. 

 

I turned 21 in Baghdad, Iraq.  Nobody worried about my feelings, or all the intangibles, when I got performance feedback.  If you sucked, they said you sucked, and you fixed it.  I don't know why this kid deserves more.  Because pro hockey is so hard?   Maybe, but I'm not buying it. 

 

For me it's not that it might have hurt Mantha's feelings.  When the coach does it, it's one thing.  It's usually a calculated move.  This just seems so random.   Especially because  he makes it sound like the Wings have already given up on the kid. 

 

I don't really follow the prospects that closely but has Mantha been benched, or even criticized publicly by anyone before this?  For the Senior VP of the NHL club to call out a minor league player is pretty much going nuclear.   And isn't something I can ever remember the Wings doing ever before.  It's just odd, which makes me think it was Devellano running his mouth more than a plan to light a fire under the kid. 




#2606116 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 May 2015 - 01:25 PM

Nice to see Mantha responding a lot more thoughtfully than Jimmy D did.  

 

I can imagine Holland facepalming when he heard Devellano's comments.




#2605934 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 May 2015 - 03:26 PM

 

What the fracking frack????

 

Devellano should shut the hell up and retire. Mantha is a struggling kid and he doesn't need to be embarrassed by the Wings front office. 

 

I guess they've given up on him already. Wow. Total BS. 

 

I highly doubt they've given up on him already, in spite of Devellano using past tense. 

 

I'm guessing this is his attempt at motivating Mantha.  Or it's Devellano just saying something stupid again.  Probably both. 

 

It should put the fear of god in Mantha though, hearing someone so high up in the Red Wings organization talk about you that way. 




#2605911 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 May 2015 - 11:48 AM

The funniest part was Stamkos tossing Prusts's elbow pad to a fan in the stands.  

 

http://www.sbnation....into-the-stands

 

There's a gif of it out there on the internets but I can't get it to work here.  Hopefully someone smarter than me will (there should be plenty of qualified candidates).




#2605886 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 May 2015 - 09:37 AM

 

It's it's true it's very unprofessional, and if it's true it doesn't surprise me.

 

Agreed. 

 

Prust is an idiot so it's not exactly coming from the best source.  But there are certain refs who seem to get amped up during a game and forget they're not one of the players.  McGeough was a prime example.

 

(watch about 1 min in)

 




#2605475 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 May 2015 - 05:57 PM

 

Did they also play superstar defense and kill penalties?  Then they weren't as good.

 

Edit:  None of the players you mentioned have been the best offensive AND defensive players at the same time.  None.  Only Lidstrom, Dats and Z.  Babs surely realizes this, and isn't hedging his bets on trying to find that type of situation again. 

 

I'd love for you to take that argument somewhere other than a Wings board and see how it goes.  No one is going to be the exact player as Datsyuk and Zetterberg, which is what seems to be only acceptable answer to you.  The reality is that Chicago, LA, Boston were all great teams.  

 

And it's kind of beside the point because Babcock got within one win of the  Cup without anyone in the same universe as a  Datsyuk or Zetterberg anyways.  He took Anaheim to game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals with the "star" player being Kariya with 81 points (which doesn't even crack the top 10 that year) and an assorted cast of Sykora, Oates, and Mike Leclerc. 




#2605463 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 May 2015 - 04:21 PM

 

If that's really the case, then Mike Babcock isn't as great as everyone makes him out to be.  Lots of teams win Cups without a Zetterberg or a Datsyuk.  Joel Quenneville never had a 90+ point, two way, superstar.  Neither did Darryl Sutter.  Neither of them had a Lidstrom either. 

 

I sure hope that Babcock has more faith in his coaching ability than that.  Because if he really thinks he can't win without a Datsyuk or Zetterberg, then he absolutely sucks. 

 

Lots of teams? Like who? 

 

The first one I can kind of think of is Carolina.  And they at least had Staal.

 

Quenneville had an 88 point player in Kane, a 68 point great two way forward in Toews, and a Norris winning defenseman in Keith.  And Hossa.  So he had three superstar forwards and a great #1 d-man.  Quenneville hadn't been to the Cup finals until he coached a team with that talent.

 

Sutter didn't win the Cup until he had Kopitar, Doughty, Quick, along with Brown, Richards and Carter.  Sutter had several great forwards, a great #1 d-man, and a great playoff goaltender.

 

Are you really saying those two teams won the Cup without players of the calibre of Datsyuk and Zetterberg?




#2605462 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 May 2015 - 04:10 PM

 

Exactly. No one knew  s***  about Datsyuk in 2002 other than he had great hands. If you had told me after the cup run in 02 that Datsyuk would go on to score almost 100 points in a season and win a bazillion Selkes I wouldn't have believed it.

 

Hell, Holland nearly traded him for Scott Gomez.

 

I may have been influenced by the number on the back of the sweater but initially I thought Datsyuk would be like Slava Kozlov.  A guy with great hands and some nifty moves who could be a great supporting piece but not one of the main guys.  Man was I wrong. 

 

That being said I don't think we have a Datsyuk or Zetterberg in Nyquist or Tatar, but I'd love to be wrong again. 




#2605375 Free agents this off season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 May 2015 - 01:36 PM

And that's why Joel ward should be our number 1 target kids

Mr playoff clutch

 

That title belongs to Justin Williams. 

 

He holds the record for most points in Game sevens (passing Doug Gilmour).  7 goals and 7 assists in 7 game 7's. 




#2605353 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 May 2015 - 12:35 PM

Am I the only person who doesn't want Mike green?

 

No, you're not alone.  

 

On paper he could help,  I've just never been a huge fan of the guy and he's injury prone.  If it were a playoff rental that would be different, but signing as a UFA I'm gunshy.