It’s Over. The Babcock Circus is Over…..For Now

Welp guys, the unthinkable happened. For two years, now, the Toronto media has guaranteed that Babcock would coach the Maple Leafs when his contract with Detroit was over. Aaaaaaaaand here we all are….

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TSN confirms that Mike Babcock is the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I wonder how mu…

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WOAH. 50 million over 8 years. Around 8 million a season. That blows the next highest paid coach out of the water by SIX (6) million dollars. I don’t understand! This is an initial reaction post and I’ll post my full thoughts later. But OH MAN. See ya, Mike. Good Luck!

Edit: The 8 million a season is for the first half of his contract. It’ll be reduced after that.

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BABCOCK COACH WATCH UPDATE!

That was all caps but I promise I wasn’t yell….ok I was totally yelling.

 

Anyway. Here’s a quick update from Dreger on what’s going on with Mike Babcock’s coaching situation.

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So Mike is just sitting back with the Wings’ final offer while Toronto and Buffalo punch each other in the face. SWEET!

Whatever happens here, I’m pretty confident that Mike won’t be back in the Motor City next year.

What is going on with Mike Babcock?

Well, that’s a bit of a loaded question and I kind of feel like an ass writing this two days after his father passed away and the day of his father’s funeral. BUT! I’ve had a lot of thoughts about the “best coach in the NHL” which were further exacerbated by the hilarity that was the game last night. So we’ll dive right in and discuss my thoughts on Mr. Babcock

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Red Wings Rollin’

The Kids keep going

Well, it’s been a while. Since we’ve seen this level of  play from the Wings, since I’ve posted anything, and since I thought Babcock and Abdlekader should go somewhere else. How bout we take a quick look at how things have changed and what’s been happening.

Rewind to the off season, July thru…pre-pre-season? Is that a thing. It is now. There was a lot of distaste in my heart surrounding my beloved Wings. No real moves were made, Cleary was re-signed, everyone was talking about bringing Alfie back, fans screaming for Mantha to make yet-again over committed roster. Looking at our line-up at that time, I thought things looked bleak. Our defense was best described as “meh” and our forwards looked like there would be scoring issues, with Babcock making the lines.

However, then, my negative outlook started to get more positive, as Babcock allowed youth to flourish. Giving faith and opportunity to the young forwards, desiring young defensemen like Oullet and Sproul make the lineup. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the defensemen he wanted, but there was still hope that Babcock stopped his hatred of anyone under 33 years of age.

Fast forward 10 games into the season…

The Red Wings defense and goaltending was performing better than anyone expected. Looking solid. The penalty kill on fire, and things back there looked very good, promising more than most die-hard fans could have hoped for. However good the defense played, we couldn’t score enough to win a game. It felt like every game we went into overtime. Our forwards looked like how it was feared, unable to score consistently. Datsyuk and Helm were in injury trouble, and Nyquist was our only shining star. Franzen peeked his head out for a second there somewhere, but then disappeared again, as he does. Tatar, Sheahan, and Jurco were struggling not just to score, but to even make a difference. Our power play was laughable, and no one knew what the heck they were doing out there in the slightest. Then, in the midst of it all, something broke.

Looking at it now, over my plate of crow, I think it was…this is hard to admit for me…Abdlekader…that started it all. He started playing well. Very, very well, actually, far better than I thought he could. Tatar found the net and didn’t stop. Sheahan seemed to wake up. Helm and Datsyuk got healthy again, eventually. Then the Wings power play snapped and figured out what they are doing, and are now one of the best teams in the NHL on the power play.

When Datsyuk and Helm came back, they started scoring and improving everyone around them. Weiss finally paid someone in an alley for a new groin, and he immediately started lighting the lamp. Now, with our lines forwards scoring, our defense holding on, the Wings are in the top 5 of the NHL. We have 3 potent scoring lines, like our Cup years. The fourth line is chipping in offensively and smother teams defensively, and Babcock is able to, and actually does, trust them to play in every situation of every game. Just like our Cup years. I’m not making predictions here. I’m simply here to say that I have been proven wrong by Babcock this year. And I’m loving it.

I credit Babcock’s change of heart when it comes to youth, and Datsyuk’s ability to keep his youth, for our successes. Not to mention the continued good play of our defense.

Look at these lines and tell me they are not drool-worthy

Nyquist-Zetterberg-Jurco

Tatar-Datsyuk-Helm

Franzen-Sheahan-Weiss

Miller-Glendening-Andersson

Cleary/Abdelkader

In conclusion: Gatoraide cures hangovers.

Motown Decision 2013

Beat up Nyquist

This is definitely my own picture. But seriously. Stop beating up on my boy, Holland. let him play

BAM!

It’s that time of year again! What time of year, you ask? Well, if you followed @motownmayhem13 or @kpharkins on the twittweeter Twitter, you’d know it’s not Taco day, cuz Disciple doesn’t like it when we’re a little married.

 

NO, it’s preseason. And that means it’s Decision time. Roster decisions must be made, line-ups set, salary caps met, and hip flexors…flexed, properly. It’s no news to anyone that we have too many forwards signed, and we’re over the cap. Yawn, that is so old news, I swear if I read one more article about it, I may puke. So here you will be forced to read my opinions about what main stream media won’t speculate on, because…they’re mainstream and can’t.

 

Lots of kids are coming up, and veterans signed, and it’s created some interesting situations. I’m going to take salary (semi) out of this part here. First let’s look at the 1000 signed forwards we have now.

BULLET POINTS

  • Datsyuk
  • Zetterberg
  • Abdlekader
  • Franzen
  • Weiss
  • Alfredsson
  • Bertuzzi
  • Cleary
  • Samuelsson
  • Andersson
  • Emmerton
  • Tatar
  • Miller
  • Eaves
  • Tootoo
  • Nyquist
  • Helm

Those are the “NHL Ready” players we have to major league contracts. We can carry 14. Here is my top 14 that (in a perfect world, injuries aside at this point) I would put on my team.

A) Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Abdelkader (I hate Abby)

B) Alfie, Weiss, Franzen

C) Nyquist, Helm, Tatar

D) Eaves, Andersson, Samuelsson

E) Miller, Cleary

Here is why

A) Duh. Except Abdlekader. I still don’t believe he’s top 6 material. But he’s another center to help with injuries.

B) “Franzen coasts” duh. Get over it. 25 goals is still good, and I think we’d have traded him by this point if we got any good offers for him.

C) Young, promising forwards, good speed, hands, vision. Nice mix of skill and checking here. Perfect for developing players

D) Eaves and Miller are the same player. Eaves has one of the sickest wristers on the team, and has shown when you give him top minutes he produces. Babcock hates him, but I’m a big fan of Eaves. Lots of heart, but Eaves/Miller are interchangeable, I just prefer Eave’s offensive upside. Sammy is my surprise make here. I like him. I see the upside here, very good for helping out top line injuries, PP, and mixed minutes. Andersson is sexy

E) Eaves/Miller already discussed. I’d take Cleary again because he’s an “anywhere” player, but he doesn’t make the top 12. A good fill piece.

Bertuzzi has hockey left in him, but not here. We can’t hold back young players anymore. Tootoo is a FANTASTIC energy player, but he just doesn’t fit here. ‘Nuff said (I forgot Emmerton here. Caught it proof-reading. ‘Nuff said again ((That means he’s forgettable)))

So there is that. Bored yet? I am. here the fun begins. This is my prediction of what will ACTUALLY happen due to salary, injuries, ect.

Helm starts LTIR, saving a decision on who gets cut later. Because, why not procrastinate. I mean “give other players time to grab a piece of their pie/cake/cheese/whatever.”

We keep Emmerton because he’s a center, and Helm is hurt. Because Franzen didn’t actually play well as a center last year. And Miller definitely can’t do that. Or put Abby where he belongs on the 4th line center position. So we definitely need that guy because he’s a center.

Tootoo gets traded (How, I don’t know. Holland hasn’t figured out how to successfully trade players away since…I don’t even remember). Somehow we get rid of him.

Eaves get’s waived, picked up by the likes of Winnipeg, Florida, or Phoenix.

If Tootoo/Eaves isn’t able to be unloaded, Nyquist will start in Grand Rapids, which is a huge mistake. Why did Clearygate have to happen? Sigh. I’ve been up all night working, so I’m cutting this discussion short.

 

Those are my predictions as to what is going to happen with this logjam of stuff. However Babcock hasn’t had the best player management history the last couple seasons, and Holland is an amazing GM, but will go with Babcock’s recommendations.

Speaking of Babcock…how many pie/cheese/cake analogies are we going to get out of him? Why can’t you just say “earn” or something? Or stick to normal person analogies? Or come up with something new? We all know the way to get minutes in your lineup. It does involve grabbing something, but it’s not cheese. I’m looking at you, Abdelkader. It’s time to let go.

 

[Something clever and witty about Disciple]

 

Post-Game Roundup: Senators v Wings 10/7/11

Welcome all, to the first edition of WingsCowboy’s post game Roundup!

No, tonight I didn’t bother with watchign the post game interviews, info, or anything like that. Everything below is based on my game watching. Which between beer and waitresses at Hooters where I took in the sexy goodness which is the Wings, may be a little vague. As I mentioned on Twitter, Red Wings faithful be aware…Hooters may not be the best place to watch Wings games. Apparently if you go there, decked in your favorite Wings jersey (Zetterberg, with a couple blood stains from more intense games don’t ask), hat, wristband, and choose a seat that sets you infront of 3 seperate TV’s playing the game…you obviously just want to chat with every waitress in the joint. Not that I’m complaining of several girls of varying attractiveness and…endowment chatting me up, but I’m unhealthily obsessed with the Red and White machine. Following true hockey superstition, when my waitress was sitting talking to me during the 2nd period and we scored 2 quick goals, I had just gotten done describing the superstitions of hockey when she tread dangerously close to saying “Shutout” but thankfully she wasn’t suave in hockey terminology. So therefore she had to sit with us and not leave because she was obviously good luck. I digress, but I felt this warning may be needed. It could also be the during game beer. And post game beer. And then a couple more just to make sure…

Okay now…Roundup.

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No Funny Business. Todd Bertuzzi

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Seriously, no funny business, or he’ll murder someone, probably me? Who knows. He’s a Bobblehead now. But he’s had many nicknames over the years. Like Todd Beardtuzzi during playoff’s.

This is Mr. Bertuzzi’s second stint with the Red Wings, he was brought in a few years ago at the deadline to help us in the playoff’s, left, and came back to us. His career and name was hated on for quite a while after an unfortunate incident in Vancouver. However, over the last couple season’s he’s become loved by the Red Wings faithful, and has returned our love with much gratitude on and off the ice. His game is not what it was when he was the league’s premier power forward in yucky Vancooter. But it is still amazing, just differently. Continue reading