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Split ‘em Up, Mike…That Solves Every Woe

There is no problem in Mike Babcock's life that can't be cured by splitting up Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.  Hair, hunting, Fresca shortages: split them up because it always works.

Split them up because Franzen hasn't scored in five years. Weiss has zero assists. Charlie Buckets: one goal. Split them up because that's what we do. Every year. Several times. It's the solve-all.

Mike Babcock is a strong man and we love him in a way that doesn't involve any sort of physical contact. But, man, if that's the only solution...why are we paying assistant coaches? Why does Babcock even own a white board? If splitting them up is the best we've got in terms of creative solutions to a team that can't score? Shit, man.  Just play Words with Friends and call it a night.  Just pick names out of a hat and toss them out there. 

Ten games in and life is looking mediocre.  

I told you I was nervous at the beginning of the year because I'm not convinced the Weiss/Alfredsson thing is going to work. Oh, it probably will but not right away.  Some genius commented on an MLive story that he thinks it's a "chemistry issue", because all of us are so astute we can see a chemistry issue when it exists.  That's just dumb, but it does have a little credence when you consider that ten regular season games may not be enough time for the two new guys to get acclimated to the Wing Way.

So in march the Rangers with Nash and Richards and they can't score either.  

It's a Live Blog, bitches.  And it's Saturday.  Drink up and celebrate the New Plan to split up hockey's two best players.

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Mandingo's avatar

Whatever “system” coaching has in place isn’t working. The question is whether or not it’s bad coaching. I hope it is. If it isn’t, this team is well and truly f*cked.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 10/26/13 at 09:47 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Pathetic.  Fuching pathetic.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 10/26/13 at 09:48 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Whatever “system” coaching has in place isn’t working. The question is whether or not it’s bad coaching. I hope it is. If it isn’t, this team is well and truly f*cked.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 10/26/13 at 09:47 PM ET

The “system” has not worked for a number of years now. What’s the old saying? You’re only as good as your coach. There is a boatload of talent on this team. Babcock has had some of the best players of all time to work with.

This is all on him.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/26/13 at 09:56 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

One simple question: Why were Pavel, Z, Nik and DK not on the ice for the final 30 seconds of overtime? Even Mickey expected it.

Babcock’s “decision-making” becomes a greater and greater mystery with every passing (and losing) game.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/26/13 at 11:17 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

This is unacceptable. Changes need to be made.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 10/27/13 at 10:23 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

...Monday Morning…Great post by George…50% drivel in comments from old MLive users (oops…sorry newbies…not really…)

I’m no pharmacist but I guess I can’t say anything more ‘breakdown of performance’ other than Babs’ latest line changes (like his last ten) make no sense to me.

So uh…the Lions won yesterday. We have that going for us.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 10/28/13 at 01:36 PM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

so funny when they are losing and all the talk of how bad a coach Babs is,  then when they make the playoffs when we didn’t think they had a chance of doing it and when they are doing well Bab’s is a genius   ...  Us fans sure are funny

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 10/29/13 at 11:06 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

so funny when they are losing and all the talk of how bad a coach Babs is,  then when they make the playoffs when we didn’t think they had a chance of doing it and when they are doing well Bab’s is a genius   ...  Us fans sure are funny

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 10/29/13 at 11:06 PM ET

Then, there are some among us that have never cared for Babs, Win, lose, or draw.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/30/13 at 09:25 AM ET

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This is some awful hockey…the ice is partly to blame, but…ugh.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 11/04/13 at 11:12 PM ET

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