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Red Wings afternoon news and/or Griffins-Stars open post: on Tatar, Babcock and the Griffins

I'm rather aggravated at present, so exuse my bluntness:

Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar registered a goal and an assist as Sloakia defeated Norway 5-2 at the World Championships on Wendesday (he finished at +2 in 17:07 of ice time and was named Slovakia's best player; Jakub Kindl also played quite well for the Czechs in their 2-0 win over Italy).

It's very good to see Tatar earn huge minutes on the power play, penalty-kill and at even strength, but the Slovaks are a top-heavy team even when Marian Hossa, Zdeno Chara and Michal Handzus are on the team. While Tatar's playing the kind of go-to-the-front-of-the-net-and-stay-there game that he needs to harness in Detroit, with a thin defense and Jan Laco in the net, it's hard to believe that the Slovaks will make a dent come the quarterfinals.

Regarding the percolating talk regarding Mike Babcock's availability to Toronto, Pittsburgh, et. al., I only have one thing to say: either the coach has repeatedly and enthusiastically stated that he's quite happy in Metro Detroit for a reason, or if the scuttlebutt's true, he's repeatedly lied to Wings fans for the sake of holding his ambitions to himself, and the latter option would speak quite poorly of his character.

And finally, the Grand Rapids Griffins hope to even their second-round series with the Texas Stars tonight at 7 PM (Grand Rapids currently trails the series 2 games to 1). The game airs on WOOD Radio and the AHL Live, and if you wish to weigh in on the game, please do so in the comments section.

Jordin Tootoo and Martin Frk are returning to the lineup tonight, but Adam Almquist remains out.

Quick update: Jiri Fischer weighed in on Anthony Mantha's play given that his Val-d'Or Foreurs are Memorial Cup-bound, and Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji (via RedWingsFeed) posited a prospect update:

"If Anthony Mantha is ready to play in the National Hockey League next year and he beats somebody out, he'll play in the National Hockey League," Wings general manager Ken Holland said after the Wings' playoff run ended. "But if he can't beat anybody out, we're not just going to put him on the team because he had a great junior career. I don't believe in entitlement, I don't believe in handing people jobs. I believe you come in and you take somebody's job."

The Wings have always preferred to let their young players develop in the minors before promoting them to the NHL. Injuries changed that quite a bit this past season as the team was forced to recall Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening, Landon Ferraro, Mitch Callahan, Teemu Pulkkinen, Adam Almquist, Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul and Alexey Marchenko.

"If they get here too early, what happens is the coaches and the fans and the manager and the media, they'll suddenly start to make mistakes, they get down on him. That's what happens," Holland said. "That's why young players get traded to other organizations. I'm hoping to leave these players away from here as long as possible so that when they do get here, the growing pains are as short as possible."

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Glendening played in 56 regular-season games with the Wings, scoring one goal and seven assists. He also had one goal in five playoff games.

"It was a bit of a whirlwind," Glendening said after the playoffs ended for the Wings. "I had no idea that I would get any games here and to have the opportunity to play and play some of the games was really a blessing."

Although Glendening earned enough of coach Mike Babcock's trust to get ice time against other teams' top players, Glendening feels he has a lot to work on.

"I thought there were parts of my game that were OK this year," Glendening said. "I thought there were a lot of things I needed to be a lot better in. I think this year is huge for me. This summer is huge for me in just gaining confidence. I got to come back and be a better player, for sure."

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I don’t think it would speak poorly to Mike Babcock’s character in the slightest, if this is the case. If he was actively looking and/or interested in other coaching opportunities, he would be wise to keep his cards close to his chest. If he were an accountant or held any other everyday occupation, he would be doing the exact same thing. I would definitely be disappointed if he left the Wings under those suggested circumstances, but he has no obligation to be 100 percent honest with Wings fans about his personal career goals.

Posted by MotorCityHoff on 05/14/14 at 04:11 PM ET

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There better ways of avoiding/answering the question without giving the perception he had no desire to leave.  If he goes to pit…. That would sting

Posted by SlimChance on 05/14/14 at 04:20 PM ET

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Just sign Babcock to an extension and stop all the teams upset over losing or not making the playoffs rumour mongers.  One year at a time for coaches is not abnormal so if he doesn’t sign extend this summer the Wings will have to live with what what happens after next year.

If they want Babs long term offer him a longer deal before he takes off for his annual return to Saskatchewan Cabin at Emma Lake.

I agree, if Babs knows what he is going to do after his contract ends he should keep it internal or to himself.

Force his hand and offer an extension, that will answer all the speculation.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/14/14 at 04:26 PM ET

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The best thing here is Glendenning’s self-assessment.  He seems to be more inclined to see the negatives in his game than are the coaches.  He will improve because of his view of himself and his potential.

I also am expecting great things from Mantha.  There are few players in recent years who have had the impact he has had in juniors.  I suspect he may well go right on the the big team rather than stop in Grand Rapids for a year.  It all depends on his training camp, does it not?

I have the perfect coach for Pittsburgh and it is not Babcock.  How does a year or so of Mike Keenan sound?  That would make the wilting primadonna’s perk up or maybe Crosby would become the first player to kill his coach.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 05/14/14 at 04:56 PM ET

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he has not lied at all. he has repeatedly said he’s comfortable working on a year to year contract. he has repeatedly said he knows he has other options if he or the team chooses to go in a different direction after next season. just because you spout off on Twitter that he’ll be here for the next 10 season doesn’t mean he actually will be. one might even call you a rumor mongerer if they were so inclined

Posted by jkm2011 on 05/14/14 at 05:04 PM ET

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Why’s George aggravated?

Posted by SK77 on 05/14/14 at 05:36 PM ET

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Why’s George aggravated?
Posted by SK77 on 05/14/14 at 05:36 PM ET

I think because Tatar is playing awesome for his country but not the same for the Wings.  Sounds like he’s going to the dirty areas for the Slovaks.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 05/14/14 at 06:12 PM ET

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0-1 stars with a PP goal to start the 2nd

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 08:02 PM ET

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jurco off the ice & “done for the night” ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 08:04 PM ET

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tied

emmerton set up pulkinenn

1-1

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 08:09 PM ET

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hoggan with goal

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 08:10 PM ET

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George was aggravated because of familial issues.

According to Bob Kaser, Jurco’s done for the night, out with an upper-body injury and being held out for precautionary reasons.

Radio link:

http://www.iheart.com/live/WOOD-Radio-1069-FM-1300AM-1165/?autoplay=true

Box score:

http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1013423

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/14/14 at 08:14 PM ET

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JKM, I mean this as nicely as possible:

Go eat a dick.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/14/14 at 08:15 PM ET

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goal for GR but being discussed for high stick tip ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 08:22 PM ET

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good goal

GR 2-1

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 08:23 PM ET

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GR scores again, 3-1

6:02 to go in the 2nd

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 08:29 PM ET

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stars score in final minute of 2nd,

GR still up, 3-2

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 08:40 PM ET

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Derek Meech no less, off Nastasiuk’s skate.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/14/14 at 08:50 PM ET

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close but no cigar

sheahan to callahan

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 09:03 PM ET

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cheaters

got caught, huh?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 09:19 PM ET

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Griffins hung on by the skin of their teeth, no Jurco, lost Tootoo, win 3-2.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/14/14 at 09:29 PM ET

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frantic finish in GR

Griffs hang on

win 3-2

tie series at 2 a-piece

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 09:30 PM ET

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grin

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/14/14 at 09:31 PM ET

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For someone who always preaches, “Keep it civil,” to commenters, you’re being a bit aggressive there, George. JKM is absolutely right, Mike Babcock is probably the most hirable coach in the NHL. And if he does decide to move on, that’s OK. We will have had him for 10 years, an awful long shelf life for a coach, and Jeff Blashill is sitting out in Grand Rapids. We have options and none of them suck.

Posted by MotorCityHoff on 05/15/14 at 08:31 AM ET

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