I wonder what would happen if we had signed Schultz or Mike Green what Babcock would do with them. He seems to hate offensive defensemen
Mike Babcock would kill Mike Green. Literally. He would punch him in the head repeatedly until he died. That's a match made in hockey hell.
But, y'know, offensive defensemen are, by nature, frustrating for their coaches. Their job is to play defense, but their gift is...goal scoring, point production. Paul MacLean has, on more than one occasion, criticized Erik Karlsson for being a factor for both teams on the ice (the same thing Z said about Smith). Michele Therrien is not P. K. Subban's biggest fan. There's obvious tension between Adam Oates and Mike Green.
On the bright side, we have the 2nd fewest regulation losses in the East.........
I know everyone is weeping and wailing over our shoot-out record, but lets be honest if we were 6-0 in the SO people would just be bitching and moaning that our record is artificially inflated, we still suck, will lose in the playoffs etc etc etc.
That first point is not insignificant. It means we're really hard to beat in regulation. (And that's mostly without a totally healthy and humming lineup.) Which is encouraging.
As for the second point - you're probably right! But I'd rather be 6-0 than 0-6. We'd be first in the league if we didn't absolutely suck at shootouts. That's a sobering thought.
If there's one guy who wants Dan Girardi on the Wings, it's this guy. *points to himself* But it seems so exceedingly unlikely that I'm basically not even considering it an option. Same with Callahan. (Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Callahan would be the best line in hockey.) They'll both re-sign with the Rags, and Richards will almost certainly be bought out. Like I said earlier, I can see Holland kicking Richards' tires, especially if Weiss doesn't turn things around.
One more thing. This team lacks an identity. What are we supposed to be? We're not a puck possession team. We're not a physical grinding team. We're not a solid defensive team. We're not a speedy team. We're just kind of a mix of things that averages out into nothing.
Totally agree. This is one of my assorted dead horses that I try not to beat too often.
This current team is an end-of-the-line (RIP) team. I imagine all eyes in the organization are locked firmly on the future.