We actually moved out the beginning of the year. Funny thing was it was warmer in MI the day we left than it was the day we arrived in Phoenix. Heat hasnt been to bad. Doubt we will hate it more than 5 months if Michigan winter.
The good thing about Arizona is that you can always escape the brutal heat by driving north 90 minutes. Or enjoy some snow in winter and leave at the end of the day and go back to the Valley.
Anyway, the Coyotes saga is a mess. The only way this team can be saved is if they leave Glendale and move back downtown or to hatch a plan to share a new rink with the Sun Devils, who need to build one pretty soon anyway. The location doomed them from the start.
I'm excited for both the Wings and the Leafs. Honestly, guys...what is with all the Leafs hate? Nobody who claims to love this game would want Detroit's historic rival to languish in the league basement for decades. I personally look forward to Babcock coaching a team that actually is a challenge for the Wings to play.
This gets brought up a lot, and I don't think its fair to Bylsma. Their 'embarrassing effort and collapse' was a 1-0 loss to CANADA in the semi's, a hard fought match that could've gone either way. They were there to avenge a loss from four years ago, which is probably why they didn't care about bronze.
Not saying Bylsma is a great coach, not saying Bylsma over Blashill, nor am I denying that the talent he's had was a huge part of his success. All I'm saying is that his performance at the Olympics wasn't a complete disaster.
The bronze game is exactly what I'm talking about. Its the Olympics...you don't throw a baby tantrum and stop trying because you can only get a Bronze. THAT was the embarrassment and I partially blame Bylsma. It betrays character issues. Keep him away from this team.
Bylsma is madly overrated. Players like him, but a good coach will coach circles around the guy.
Since everyone is singing Babs' praises about his Olympic record, we should do well to remember Blysma preciding over the embarrassing effort and collapse of Team USA at the Olympics last year. That was a good roster.
Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin remembers when he first met Wuest.
"I was introduced to him my first month on the job, 10 years ago, by Jim Nill," Martin told the Free Press. Nill was the assistant GM in Detroit before becoming GM of the Dallas Stars. "He had a tremendous amount of passion for the Wings. His Red Wings Central site was incredibly thorough."
Shortly after launching CapGeek, which became a resource for NHL clubs and fans for detailed contract information about every team's players, Martin and Wuest again talked regularly.
"We had a little bit of a relationship," Martin said, "and he reached out to me in the process of doing due diligence, asked me about rules and issues regarding the salary cap.
"Over the years, and I told him this, he knew the ins and outs of the CBA better than some people who work for some of the teams. The amount of time he put into maintaining the site was second to none."
Honoring Wuest at the prospect tournament, an eight-team event that precedes Detroit's main training camp, made sense, given Wuest's passion for the next generation of NHLers. "He wrote a lot of articles about the tournament," Martin said, "and he tracked statistics before there was a more centralized system.
"It's a great honor to memorialize him and remember his impact on the Wings and the NHL community."
I love Don Cherry because he has a way of getting this board's panties in a bunch. Bless him lol
He's also bucking the typical pro-Canada bias (good ol Toronna) and praising the Wings organization and Mr. I. And rightly so...
Its good solid advice for Babs. But, is it the best option for the team? Maybe he and Holland can form a more cohesive vision for the years ahead, this time. If so...by all means, come on back. Otherwise...hello Blash.
And one player, former No. 1 pick Anthony Mantha, has not come close to meeting expectations.
"Very, very, very disappointing," said Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano, who saw the Griffins play their final three games, including Sunday's 3-1 win, over the Toronto Marlies. "And I say that with a lot of sadness. Coming out of junior, we had such high hopes for him."
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.
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.
Are you blind? There is no heir apparent for the level Dats is on; only potential with Mantha and Larkin achieving that status. We have already started to see that Mantha will project a little less than everyone hoped. Babs is unhappy with roster management and rightly so. We should all be concerned for what happens in 3 seasons.