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The View Of Detroit From Montreal

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Detroit is currently on a remarkable streak of 22 straight appearances that have yielded four Stanley Cups and two more unsuccessful bids in Cup finals — 2008-09 under Babcock, 1994-95 under Scotty Bowman.

That’s seven appearances shy of the record 29 consecutive of the Boston Bruins, from 1967-68 through 1995-96.

Should Babcock, in his ninth season as head coach, get his Red Wings into the playoffs to make it 23 in a row, he will do so with smoke and mirrors and Scotch tape and baling wire.

It might well be the greatest work the McGill graduate has ever done, Stanley Cup and double Olympic gold included, and surely his magic and his team’s refusal to roll over when it had every reason to will make him a strong contender for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s outstanding coach.


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MurrayChadwick's avatar

Very different than the View Of Babcock From Naive Wingsfans


Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 03/27/14 at 11:19 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Very different than the View Of Babcock From Naive Wingsfans

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 03/27/14 at 11:19 AM ET

Oh please, are you for real?  Why don’t you really look at the facts.

For two seasons now Babcock has been praised by some for efforts in pushing a team that has lost players both permanently and then temporarily (to injury).

The problem is…. in both seasons Babcock has only played the kids who have carried the load BECAUSE HE HAD TO.  Nyquist is playing right now because Babcock had to.  Tatar is playing because he had to.  Mrazek has come in and played because he had to.  Almqvist, Marchenko, Oullett…. all got looks because DET has needed looks from them.  Emmerton has been called up, Sheahan has been in, because they HAD to be.  Ferraro and Callahan have ogtten looks because DET *had* to call someone up to fill in.

It’s worth noting that Babcock was all for signing Cleary (and possibly even the primary impetus for it happening) which messed-up and already-too-old-and-too-many-ready-forwards roster.  Babcock thought Cleary was really important.

I don’t think it’s “naive” at all of Wings fans to realize Babcock has had success when he plays the kids because he HAD to play the kids, because the broken, old, useless vets he prefers broke down and *can’t* play.

Nor is it “naive” of Wings fans to see Babcock consider Quincey-Smith a legit pairing worth keeping together no matter what, and wonder just what exactly he’s smoking…

The only “naive” folks are those who worship at the Church of Babcock with blinders on.  Babcock seems to be very stubborn in his ways, and his ways often aren’t right.  As much as we complain about injuries, can you imagine ho bad this season would be if Cleary, Tootoo, and Samuelsson were playing every night instead?

Posted by Primis on 03/27/14 at 12:36 PM ET

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