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Is Mike Babcock Making The Wrong Decisions?

from Jack Todd at Canada.com,

1) Why was P.K. Subban not out there?

2) And why, given the way both performed through the first two games of this tournament, was Chris Kunitz dressed while Martin St. Louis was not?

Babcock seems to fly by his pre-conceived notions. From the beginning, we’ve had the sense he didn’t want Subban on this team and nothing that has happened in Sochi has changed that perception.

But if Babcock doesn’t learn a little flexibility, he’s going to sink this ship. Babcock will go down with his jaw thrust out, motivational clichés dripping off him like rain from a leaky roof, his D-men locked into lefty-righty, players restricted to 34-second shifts — and Subban and St. Louis watching in street clothes.

One of Babcock’s preconceptions is that Pernell Karl is too high-risk. Another is that St. Louis is — well, we can’t imagine what he has against St. Louis, but if Babcock can point out any way in which Kunitz is a better player than the diminutive leader of the Lightning, we’d like to know what it is.

We all make mistakes. I didn’t think Jeff Carter belonged on this team. I could not have been more wrong. Carter has the wheels to go with his size and the play he made Sunday, flying up the middle to set up Doughty for the winner, was absolutely world-class. Thing is, my mistakes won’t affect Team Canada. Babcock’s will.

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Chet's avatar

those weren’t medal round games; babcock in my view has the right and responsibility to jumble his lineup to see who’s ideal for these last games. jack todd is a blowhard jack a$$.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 02/17/14 at 10:57 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Does Babcock give a flying f***? Nope. He tinkers, he sticks to his guns to a fault, then he tinkers some more, he drives fans and pundits crazy, and more often than not he figure out something that works.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/17/14 at 11:28 AM ET

wolverine's avatar

Full disclosure:  Jack Todd is also the president of the Pernell Karl Subban Fan Club.

Posted by wolverine on 02/17/14 at 02:18 PM ET


This is another stupid article by Jack Todd.

1) To a man, Canada’s defense has been outstanding without Subban. Nobody on defense has given Babcock a reason to change a thing, including Subban in his limited action.

2) While St Louis is certainly better than Kunitz and shouldn’t be scratched, these two players do not play the same position. What happens with one has nothing to do with what happens with another. Jack Todd may have made a life out of pretending he’s something he’s not, but in sports, you can’t bluff your way to victory.

Posted by larry on 02/17/14 at 02:55 PM ET

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