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riggs
05-08-2015, 09:57 PM
Detroit Red Wings give coach Mike Babcock permission to talk to other teams



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RWGR
05-09-2015, 08:39 AM
As a Red Wings fan(atic), I have to say the Wings are in a win-win situation here. If Babcock stays, they get to keep the best coach in hockey. If he leaves, they get the most sought-after coach in hockey, Jeff Blashill (who, to this day, I remind got his hockey knowledge from playing street hockey with me and my brothers back in the day).

Babcock's family wants to stay in Detroit. His youngest kid will be a junior in high school next year, and she wants to finish school with the kids she grew up with. She was in first grade when the Babcock's arrived in Detroit, those are her friends, the ones she grew up with. Babcock is a family-first guy, so I believe it will be the desire of the daughter that will be the final piece of the puzzle. Money-wise, he's set. Detroit will probably offer a multi-year contract that averages 4.5 million per year. Other teams will offer a bit more, but I don't think he'd bite just because of a bump in money. Family first.

But, if he did leave...Edmonton.

Babs loves a challenge, and there is a challenge. But they have a lot going for them, too. Grossly mismanaged for years (but nowhere near the level the Laffs have been), the Oilers will be a very good team and organization soon. It all starts with getting serious with a GM and hiring Chiarelli. I think he and Babcock would work very well together. And the talent he'd have to work with there is off the charts - Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Yakupov, Schultz and eventually Nurse on D, that's a roster that'd make any hockey person drool with anticipation. The Oilers will never replicate the Gretzky-Messier days again, but with the right people in charge they could come as close as they ever will to mirroring those days in a sense.

Other teams will offer more cash up front than Detroit, but that's not because Detroit doesn't have the cash. Mike Illitch is worth 4.2 billion, money is no object, the Wings and Tigers are his playthings. But Illitch is old school, and he will go out of his way to make sure the Wings don't retain Babcock simply for the cash alone; he'll want Babcock to stay also because he wants to be a Red Wing, something beyond just the monetary reward.. That's how Illitch works.

It's old school, but, it works. You can hate the Red Wings all you want, but you can't argue with the fact they are one of the most successful franchises in sports the last quarter century.

That didn't happen by mistake.

Official Cat of Soonet
05-09-2015, 09:17 AM
Peter Chiarelli is finally a good move by Edmonton. He will teach McTavish what a "bold move" actually is.

riggs
05-11-2015, 09:30 AM
http://www.tsn.ca/babcock-shanahan-talk-coaching-position-1.279834

"We made a contract offer to Mike last June and couldn't find a solution. I went to him again in January and made another contract extension offer, and Mike felt, at that point in time, that he appreciated the offer but wanted to wait until the end of the year. That was the only conversation that we really had this winter.
"When we went to Grand Rapids (last weekend), spent four hours together in the car, we had a great talk. I told Mike that we'd like to re-sign him, we want him back. He would like the opportunity to explore any possibilities that are out there for him. Certainly, we are a possibility."

RWGR
05-16-2015, 09:48 AM
Ken Holland asked for a decision by May 25th, Babcock says he will announce by May 22nd.

Just get this over with, it's become a circus.

If you don't know if you want to stay in Detroit by this time then you probably don't want to stay in Detroit. Move on, and let the Wings get a new staff together that can have a few weeks to plan for the draft.

This isn't all about Mike Babcock, though I'm not sure his massive ego allows him to see that.

The Voice
05-16-2015, 07:50 PM
This is what Jeff Marik from Rogers Sportsnet threw out there yesterday "Babcock to Buffalo and Blashill to The LEAFS".

RWGR
05-17-2015, 08:59 AM
Blashill is not an idiot. No self-respecting human being would want to work in the Leafs organization

Barry Morris
05-17-2015, 09:05 AM
Blashill is not an idiot. No self-respecting human being would want to work in the Leafs organization

Any businessman would.

RWGR
05-17-2015, 09:15 AM
So Babcock, the coach of Team Canada, is a greedy businessman who only makes decisions on what he can get from a certain situation?

go figure

:) :) :)

Barry Morris
05-17-2015, 09:26 AM
So Babcock, the coach of Team Canada, is a greedy businessman who only makes decisions on what he can get from a certain situation?

go figure

:) :) :)

Maybe.

The american influence, ya know!!!

riggs
05-17-2015, 11:03 AM
So Babcock, the coach of Team Canada, is a greedy businessman who only makes decisions on what he can get from a certain situation?

go figure

:) :) :)

I'm in agreement with you. I can't see money topping his decision because he'll be paid quite well where ever he is. Like you said, he may stay in Detroit. He may just be taking the time to make sure there's nothing more appealing than his current status. It appears we'll know his answer this week so it'll be a short wait.

RWGR
05-17-2015, 12:32 PM
Maybe.

The american influence, ya know!!!

We even influence the coach of Team Canada

We win :) :) :)

RWGR
05-18-2015, 07:53 PM
Looks like Buffalo is the last serious contender. If they offer 5 mil per year there is no way Illitch matches, and he shouldn't.

buh bye, Babs

Official Cat of Soonet
05-18-2015, 08:18 PM
Detroit will be just fine without him.

RWGR
05-19-2015, 08:26 AM
Ten years is an eternity in sports. They had a very good run together, but it's probably time to move on.

riggs
05-19-2015, 03:25 PM
Looks like Buffalo is the last serious contender. If they offer 5 mil per year there is no way Illitch matches, and he shouldn't.

buh bye, Babs

I could be wrong, but I don't see him going to Buffalo. Their circumstances aren't much better than the Leafs. Both teams are basement dwellers and are years away from being an established contender. I'm thinking San Jose or even St Louis (even though Hitchcock is still there)...either way we should know no later than tomorrow.

RWGR
05-19-2015, 04:17 PM
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AP reporting they are already in contract talks


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RWGR
05-19-2015, 05:01 PM
Helene St. James ✔@HeleneStJames
Asked Mike Babcock if he is leaving Detroit? Babcock: "Not sure, know by morning." #RedWings
4:24 PM - 19 May 2015
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Official Cat of Soonet
05-19-2015, 06:08 PM
Well we know he isn't going to the Leafs. Does anyone have a clue what they are going? There is a draft coming up and they are focused on a coaching search and they don't even have a GM. What a dysfunctional setup they have going.

RWGR
05-19-2015, 06:55 PM
I guess Toronto was never really in the hunt. Not sure if it's because they didn't pursue him much, or he basically let it be known they may as well not bother.

Anyways, this is interesting:

Matthew Coller @MatthewWGR
A source close to the situation tells me the Sabres' offer is "in the range of $50 million dollars"
5:09 PM - 19 May 2015
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riggs
05-19-2015, 07:21 PM
It'll be interesting to see how many years that contract covers. If in deed it turns out to be Buffalo, I wonder if this move would keep his family close enough so not to move from the Detroit area?

The Voice
05-19-2015, 10:30 PM
Word on the Streets is Blashill to the Leafs and Keefe to the Marlies.

The Voice
05-19-2015, 10:31 PM
It'll be interesting to see how many years that contract covers. If in deed it turns out to be Buffalo, I wonder if this move would keep his family close enough so not to move from the Detroit area?


25 over 5 was supposed to be the asking price and what the Leafs where willing to pay.

RWGR
05-20-2015, 10:05 AM
Word on the Streets is Blashill to the Leafs and Keefe to the Marlies.

Never in a million years. Blashill is still under contract with the Wings. He is Bab's replacement.

RWGR
05-20-2015, 10:06 AM
25 over 5 was supposed to be the asking price and what the Leafs where willing to pay.

Buffalo's offer is probably 8-10 years, at 5-5.5 mil per year

RWGR
05-20-2015, 01:07 PM
Now Leafs, Blues, and Sharks are last teams in running

What a circus

RWGR
05-20-2015, 02:17 PM
Wow, and the Leafs win the Babcock sweepstakes

Good luck, Mike

Official Cat of Soonet
05-20-2015, 03:30 PM
I thought he had more sense than that but the money...WOW

riggs
05-20-2015, 03:39 PM
Now Leafs, Blues, and Sharks are last teams in running

What a circus

Well I had 2 of 3 correct. I didn't see the Leafs as a contender.

The Voice
05-20-2015, 09:04 PM
[QUOTE=Official Cat of Soonet;765184]Well we know he isn't going to the Leafs.QUOTE]

Wrong again kitty.

Official Cat of Soonet
05-20-2015, 09:18 PM
[QUOTE=Official Cat of Soonet;765184]Well we know he isn't going to the Leafs.QUOTE]

Wrong again kitty.

What do you mean again?

Official Cat of Soonet
05-20-2015, 09:32 PM
Just so you know Voice, his name is Mike Babcock and not Michel Babooshka

The Voice
05-21-2015, 09:17 PM
Just so you know Voice, his name is Mike Babcock and not Michel Babooshka


You my friend have been wrong before and you will be wrong again.


Ask Barry, present company excepted there was but only one perfect person.


:) ;)

Official Cat of Soonet
05-21-2015, 09:21 PM
It was the first time ever on these boards I have been wrong. I had people look.

riggs
06-03-2015, 11:17 PM
Sault Ste. Marie, MI native Jeff Blashill may be the next coach of the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings.

MLive.com’s Ansar Khan is reporting that the team will make the 41-year-old the second youngest coach in the league as early as Tuesday of next week. New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes, hired by the team on Tuesday, is the NHL’s youngest current coach at age 40.

The report says Blashill is expected to reveice a three-year deal from the team and a press conference announcing the move is expected to come Tuesday



http://www.sootoday.com/content/sports/details.asp?c=92563

RWGR
06-06-2015, 11:27 AM
Playing street hockey with me has done wonders for the man

Barry Morris
06-06-2015, 03:03 PM
Playing street hockey with me has done wonders for the man

Heck of a recommendation.

RWGR
06-07-2015, 11:41 AM
Heck of a recommendation.

Thank you!

:) :) :)

RWGR
06-08-2015, 04:54 PM
press conference tomorrow at 11 AM to make the announcement.

RWGR
06-08-2015, 05:16 PM
Soo, Mich, obviously hasn't had the level of success in sending people to the NHL that Soo, Ontario, has, but I'll tell you what, this is sure creating a buzz around the area.

TV 9&10 News has even been doing a "Blashill watch" segment the last few weeks.

riggs
06-08-2015, 06:49 PM
Soo, Mich, obviously hasn't had the level of success in sending people to the NHL that Soo, Ontario, has, but I'll tell you what, this is sure creating a buzz around the area.

TV 9&10 News has even been doing a "Blashill watch" segment the last few weeks.

It's Michigan's team.....totally understandable.

RWGR
06-09-2015, 11:41 AM
https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/A9s4fBNkk9W3j-zYBo6kuMUTcz0s9zCtbBO_EhYCdoFRz8_EognTYHyNY4bhOaq5 EcSFJHM4ryD4eq_gqfqaggu7er27=s0-d-e1-ft#https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHEatJOW8AArXhp.jpg

Official Cat of Soonet
06-09-2015, 07:48 PM
I remember Trish O'Shea and John McGowan. Do they still work there?I used to watch them every morning. It would switch to The Early Show with Jane Robelot. I miss that station they don't carry it here.

RWGR
06-09-2015, 10:00 PM
I see McGowan on there once in a while, but not in thew way he used to. I think he is more front office material now.

As for O'shea, I don't think she's been around for a while, but not sure. I don't watch 9&10 News much, or any "local" news, because usually it's 98% Traverse City-themed.

Guess Who?
06-10-2015, 10:51 AM
I watched the Blashill interview last night on SportsNet. He made no mention of you mentoring him in his development years. What a fickle jerk, .... that is how people step on people to get to the top, ... you must be hurt.

RWGR
06-10-2015, 03:14 PM
I watched the Blashill interview last night on SportsNet. He made no mention of you mentoring him in his development years. What a fickle jerk, .... that is how people step on people to get to the top, ... you must be hurt.

I just watched it online.

Word on the street is the original interview was 22 minutes, but was edited down to 11. The 11 minutes edited out was basically him singing my praises. But, someone at Sportsnet took it out.

Why?

Let's just say some guys at Sportsnet don't like how their wives make googly-eyes at me.

But I'm not saying anymore...I've already said too much.

Official Cat of Soonet
06-10-2015, 03:39 PM
I just watched it online.

Word on the street is the original interview was 22 minutes, but was edited down to 11. The 11 minutes edited out was basically him singing my praises. But, someone at Sportsnet took it out.

Why?

Let's just say some guys at Sportsnet don't like how their wives make googly-eyes at me.

But I'm not saying anymore...I've already said too much.

You said way too much. I know you're talking about Nick Kypreos

RWGR
06-10-2015, 04:56 PM
You said way too much. I know you're talking about Nick Kypreos

Nick...Molson's...maid uniform









Damn it, I said too much again

riggs
06-23-2015, 09:17 PM
Chelios and Granato should be good additions


http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB4QqQIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nhl.com%2Fice%2Fnews.htm%3Fid %3D771739&ei=lASKVYTzLsiz-AHWyIKgAw&usg=AFQjCNFz7OMfyG7saHX8qkGLs7KwsYWC0g&bvm=bv.96339352,d.cWw

RWGR
06-24-2015, 10:25 AM
Granato came on board last year, and did a great job with the PP