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from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,
“One of the best things that might have happened to this organization is us being so injured,” Babcock said. “What I mean is, we get to see these kids on the ice, so you know what’s in the cupboard. They’ve been way better than I thought. I’m optimistic now that we don’t have to fall off the map and go through misery for 10 years like others do. I see great things coming.”
With all he’s accomplished, Babcock reasonably could be hitting the age of entrenchment and entitlement. He’s the best coach in Detroit sports since Bowman, and he’ll guide Team Canada in the upcoming Sochi Olympics, hunting for a second gold medal.
But the transition here just might invigorate him. He’s trying to change as his team changes, a delicate process. He’s demanding in a high-pressure environment and some players don’t like it, but no coach survives on fear without being fair.
“If you walk in our dressing room today, a lot of guys are (ticked) off at me, and they’re probably different than the ones (ticked) off last week,” Babcock said. “Normally, they’re the ones that aren’t playing. One thing I can’t do is confuse the player with the person. I love the people, but they don’t pay me to evaluate that. They pay me to evaluate the player. I have to base my decisions on what I see, shift to shift, game to game.”
To be fair, perhaps that's asking too much...
Ken Holland was on Detroit Sports 105.1 today and discusses Franzen, Howard, the kids may be turning into men, Mike Babcock and the OIympics.
Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Franzen out... ready, set, vomit.
Brendan Savage of Mlive looks at a few options the Wings have in the coming days...
"What we're going to do is talk about it and the best guys are going to play," Babcock said after Sunday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers at Joe Louis Arena.
"It's not going to have anything to do with age, it's just going to be what have you done here lately. They're pushing real hard. Riley Sheahan, (Tomas Tatar), Jurco, that line was really good" against Florida.
To keep the youngsters around, the Red Wings could opt to expose some of their veterans to waivers, something they've already done this season with Cory Emmerton, Jordin Tootoo, Patrick Eaves and Mikael Samuelsson.
Potential candidates could include Daniel Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi, who have both struggled offensively this season.
Cleary, who was supposed to be a healthy scratch vs. Florida before Henrik Zetterberg missed the game with a back injury, has four goals and four assists in 51 games while Bertuzzi – who was a healthy scratch against the Panthers – has six goals and five assists in 44 games.
But the Red Wings might be reluctant to waive either.
Cleary and Bertuzzi are team leaders both in the dressing room and on the ice and the Red Wings might want their experience in the postseason if they can extend their playoff streak to 23 seasons.
The Wings start a stretch of 7 games in 14 days which means practice time will be tough to come by. It will be play, rest, play, rest, etc..
So let's start with a win tonight.
I sense a feeling of confidence starting to grow and there is only one way to continue that feeling, just win.
Hopefully Franzen comes out and plays the way we know he can and Gustavsson is strong in net tonight.
Score four more tonight and the Wings should head to Philadelphia for their game Tuesday night on a three game winning streak.
Hooray for matinee games.
My second favorite team in all of hockey is the Montreal Canadiens.
I was probably attracted to them because of the way Dann Gallivan called the game.
OK, enough memories, time for the big game tonight.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict a hockey game between two teams.
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press states...
It’s too early for panic with the Wings currently fighting for one of the two conference wild-card playoff berths in the new league realignment. But it isn’t too soon for genuine concern because their absurd rash of injuries doesn’t fully explain the unevenness of effort and execution.
Face it. The Wings are an average team. If they were fully healthy, they would remain an average team — incapable of advancing beyond the second round of the playoffs the past four years. They haven’t been a serious Stanley Cup contender since their Game 7 loss to Pittsburgh in the 2009 Stanley Cup final. But they still cling to the perception that they remain reasonably close to the hockey elite.
It’s especially frustrating for the Wings because Chicago is a reminder of what they once were — fast, deep, hoggish with the puck and shrewdly opportunistic in decisions made on and off the ice. But the roles have reversed.
Perhaps it’s time the Wings follow the Blackhawks’ blueprint and trust their youth more instead of thinking of them as merely a stopgap until many of the veterans return from their assorted aches and pains. Half of the roster has missed 20% of the games this season. Only Drew Miller and Kyle Quincey have played in every game. Nyquist, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco comprised half of their top-six forwards against the Blackhawks.
I question Sharp and wonder if he even know what the Blackhawks' blueprint is? Lose badly for at least five years, draft high and hope the picks work out.
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