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Pleiness: Red Wings’ coach, GM say they’ve audited training staff, are investigating groinfluenza

I'm not the only Red Wings fan who's suggested that the team's status as injury-plagued for the past three or four seasons should necessitate some sort of audit of the Wings' training, strength and conditioning and nutritional staffs, and many Wings fans have been calling not for Mike Babcock's head of late, but for Piet Van Zant's.

As such, it's at least comforting to hear the Red Wings' coach tell the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that the Wings have been there and done that already:

“We’ve been through all that, right through our medical room to our strength and training to how we condition our guys, the whole thing,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said when asked if they have been able to pinpoint why the rash of injuries this season. “The interesting thing is when we were old we never got hurt and now that we’re young we get hurt all the time. So why is that? Lots of things don’t add up in the short term.

“In the long term, when you try to be scientific and solution based, that’s how I try to coach and that’s how we try to run our team,” Babcock continued. “In the short term you can say we’re over-training our guys, spending too much time in the weight room, we don’t got it going in the medical room, I don’t buy any of that crap.”

Already this season the Wings’ man-games lost total is 202, which ranks seventh in the league according to mangameslost.com. Pittsburgh leads the league in man-games lost with 289.

“We got to get some guys back, no question about it,” Babcock said. “It’s great that we talk about these young guys and they’re good young players, but we’ve got a whole bunch of guys, we’ve got millions and millions of dollars that never seems to play. As much as the other guys are digging in, you need a certain amount of depth in the league to have success. One of the reasons you don’t score is you don’t have enough scoring depth.”

Pleiness also provides injury updates for each and every one of the Wings' seven absent players, and he spoke with Ken Holland about the odd prevalance of groin issues--which seem to be spreading like the flu:

“We expect groin injuries and hip flexors at the start of training camp,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We’re looking into why we’re having groin issues during this part of the season. I’m not sure what we can do about it this year but it’s something we’ll look at in the summer time.

“Fractured ribs, separated shoulders and concussions are just part of the game,” Holland added.

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duhduhduh's avatar

closing the barn door after the horses are gone.

Posted by duhduhduh on 01/18/14 at 07:38 PM ET


This comes as a tremendous surprise.  Who could have ever thought that an organization worth upwards of half a billion dollars wasn’t run by complete buffoons.

Audit the training staff.  Lord.  Perhaps the next round of ‘Wild Theory Jeopardy’ people can remind the training staff to make sure the skates are sharpened.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/18/14 at 08:05 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I’m not surprised but I’m glad that Babs made it public and made a grumble out of it.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/18/14 at 08:08 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Groinfluenza would be a good band name.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/19/14 at 01:55 AM ET

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Posted by RedMenace from The Luke Witkowski Fan Club on 01/19/14 at 06:26 AM ET

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Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 01/20/14 at 03:23 PM ET

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