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@ThroatShot Oh I'm sure he's satisfied working for them and not unhappy at all, but I'm sure there's a part of him that will always want to be here with us no matter where he works. I think if there comes a point where he and Holland are both off contracts at the same time, if Holland doesn't extend his with us, or is not offered it, Stevie might make the jump.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Time to Fire the Coach
@ThroatShot Well I will definitely hold you to your word once I do pass my verdict. And, correct me if I'm mistaken, but I think Holland was still under contract with the Wings organization when Yzerman made the decision to become a GM. And Stevie has already pretty much said that once he gets a few years of experience under his belt, he wants to come back and GM the Wings. But I do agree, Holland has been very complacent with our drafting and rosters over the last few seasons; no big moves made one way or another. (The biggest move in recent memory was our 1st round pick for Quincey, who definitely isn't living up to that level of hype). He needs to make a big splash with the roster pretty soon or his ass will be on the line as well.
@ThroatShot I get what you're saying, I really do. And I can relate. The past two years or so, watching their production steadily decline has been disheartening. I never really thought to put it on Babcock with so many players leaving the organization at once. (Lidstrom, Stuart, Rufalski, Chelios, Drapes, and Ozzy all within the last 4 years). It looks to me like the organization never anticipated/prepared for these holes to spring up at once, and for that I would lay more blame on Kenny Holland than Babs. KH decides which players play in GR and which ones stay up with us, and for that Babcock can only put together the pieces that he's given. But I will give it to you, some of the things he's done in the last 15 games haven't made much sense. (i.e., Abby on the 1st line, Cleary on the 1st/2nd line, or really playing at all before his eventual first goal, Eaves being scratched, Kindl being benched when he's finally showing progress). I guess in my mind I just can't squarely put the blame on his head until I've seen what the team can do at full potential (once we finally get all of our injured guys back). But my big judgment will definitely come next season, seeing which lines get put together at the beginning of the season. And I really hope to see Tatar as a full-time player by then, he's more than proved this season thus far that he can handle it. (I do remember seeing that same article about him, by the way. It was on MLive if I'm not mistaken). But over the offseason, I'd like to see them use their buyouts to at least get rid of Cleary, and maybe Sammy as well, if he continues to not produce for us. Let Eaves take Cleary's place, and move Bert to the 3rd line. I know Mule is basically the definition of inconsistent, but as long as we get him for the price that we do, it doesn't make sense to get rid of him without getting anything in return. It would be amazing to see a lineup of Franzen - Z - Brunner, Nyquist/Flip - Dats - Tatar, Eaves - Helm - Bert, Tootoo - Abby - Miller/Emmerton. Inject some of the youth into the mix so that the guys who are not producing/readying to retire can transition without leaving us with gaping holes to fill. Sorry for the rant, but basically my big judgment on Babcock won't be made until we have all healthy players. While he definitely needs to make better game-time decisions, he can only do as much with the roster as he's given/is available to him, unfortunately.
@ThroatShot Well like I just stated above, if Babs would put Eaves in Cleary's place, seeing as he more than deserves the minutes, I'd be satisfied for the time being. Let him try and build up some chemistry with the other guys.
@ThroatShot The big problem is that we can't determine what the "best team" is, because 1/3 of them are still off the roster with injuries. The only player not playing who I think does deserve minutes, especially with how long he was out and how much he busts his ass, is Eaves. If he would just scratch Cleary and play Eaves in his place, I'd be satisfied for the time being, till the injured guys get back.
@ThroatShot Well if today's practice is any indication, he might be starting the learning process. He's split Z and Pav up again; Z on the first line with Brunner and Fil, Dats on the second line with Sammy and Tatar. Which bumps Cleary back down to the third line.
@moorecha Oh I was just spreading that article around, is all. I just thought it was funny that two completely polar-opposite articles got posted on the same day.
And on the other side of the argument, we haaaave; http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2013/02/detroit_red_wings_mike_babcock.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
@JOHNxJOHN Lashoff plays perfectly well. Sure he makes a couple rookie mistakes, but they're very few and far between. Kronwall has just not looked great the last 5 or so games. I can remember a goal on Friday against the Ducks where his back was completely turned to the shooting player. You're doing defense very wrong in that case. I was rather upset that Kindl was benched too. I'd let Huskins have some minutes, sure, but bench Quincey and skate Kindl. Quincey may have a better +/-, but Kindl's play has been looking better and better, as much as I hate to say it, with how much sh*t I've talked about him. We just still have too many defensive breakdowns per game to pile up any wins.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Wings vs Wild Recap: 2.17.2013
@Reddy @OhBallsItsJebus Exactly! Every player is going to have a shaky game or two, no one is perfect. (Unless your name is Nick Lidstrom, of course). The team as a whole needs to play better. You can't skate for 10 minutes, then float for 50 and expect to win games.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Blues Wings Recap: 2.13.2013
The Howard haters are getting really irritating as of late. You look on any hockey blog after a Wings loss and all you find is a big flame-storm against Howard and how he needs to be traded. Losses, 90% of the time, are not a direct reflection upon your goaltender. Howard is a phenomenal player, but he can only carry us so far. The D needs to pick up, badly. We need to get Smith back on the ice and get our pairings set and solidified. Crying trade after every loss does no good for anyone. Yes, Mrazek had a good game. ONE good game. The game we put him in to play because our starter was going on 10 straight starts and was exhausted. Who then went to play back-to-back games less than 24 hours apart and stole both of them for us, with 60+ saves. I apologize for the rant. It's just irritating to see so many people jump on the Canucks-style bandwagon of hating on the goalie every time we lose. With that said, I hope to the gods that we get our top players back from injury soon. Pav's line is missing Bert's size and hands, the bottom six are missing Helm's speed, and the defense needs everything that Smith can bring to it. /rant