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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock dissatisfied with his team’s depth up front

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was anything but happy while speaking to the media after the Wings’ 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, speaking to the media and suggesting that the Wings couldn’t match Nashville’s four-line depth or scoring, and he’s particularly dissatisfied with his team’s trend of losing in lower rounds over the past three seasons:

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Good Evening-

Mr Babcock is a Type A.

He has a single tracked mind.

He is not the best of listeners.

However…he is the BEST COACH in the NHL. i would bet 75% + GM’s would be happy to have him as their coach. NOW that clown…. who just a few years ago was the THIRD ASSISTANT at MIami and was a head coach in the USHL…he needs to go…..

Blashill is a goalie coach….WHO was mainly a third assistant…did a great job in Indy….and shook the bushes at Western. Ask most CCHA coach’s and they will tell you that Culhane was a clown and Blashill just did what should have been done for years. A. Murray is proving that WMU is a hockey school….

If some of this does not make sense…do the research before you rip or condemn me…..Blashill was not even respected when he coached for Blasi at Miami….he was the travel coordinator and gopher….Indy was his best work…IN HIS ONE YEAR AT WMU HE WAS JUST OVER .500…but good for him…check the background….he has done well for himself….but he is out of his League.

As far as Mr Babcock…...best coach around…Holland is best GM…a little turmoil for those 2 isnt the worst thing….who is at fault? Yes Babcock brought up the “depth”...he was just frustrated he lost. As far as our GM and Head Coach we HAVE the 2 best in the business!

As for Bill Peters…he is a keeper…same mindset as Babcock…the players call him Babs Jr…but he is a good coach and here to stay…..stick with our coach and gm.


Posted by Stanley Wjotowich from Saginaw on 04/21/12 at 09:22 PM ET

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I do not care how great a coach you are, you wear out your welcome with any team in six years or less.  The one exception to that in the modern era would be Scotty Bowman who learned from the legendary Toe Blake. 

After a coach has been with a group of players, they start to ignore him.  Ask Ken Hitchcock, who is a much better coach in the long haul than is Babcock, and he will tell you what I just said above.  We all know it is true; we just choose to ignore it.

Babcock has every one of the faults that was mentioned in the post above from Duckworth in Brownstown, MI.  He also is responsible for the utterly inept assistant coaches he brought in this year.  That fact alone with many other teams would lead to him going away.  He also is more stubborn than a mule (or a dachshund, for that matter).  He gets a mindset and he cannot and will not consider anything else.

The only possible reason to keep him around is because the pool of good coaches who are available at the moment is very thin.  The two experienced guys who I would have wanted are both employed and doing well in the playoffs.  Uh, look at St. Louis and at Los Angeles.

Bring in a player or two and bring in a new coach and a fresh outlook.  The Red Wings looked stale all year even when winning.  That is the coach’s fault. 

I have seen coaches come and go and I have put up with the wonderful days of “darkness with Harkness”.  I am about ready to buy me a Hurricanes sweater and follow a team that is now showing signs of progress under a new coach and with a new outlook.


Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 04/21/12 at 10:46 PM ET

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