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Babcock: ‘We weren’t a tough out at all’

Apr 26, 2014, 6:52 PM EDT

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Mike Babcock’s Detroit Red Wings had plenty of effort against the Boston Bruins but no results to match it after they bowed out in five games on Saturday afternoon.

Following the game, Babcock told reporters his team wasn’t good enough saying, “We weren’t a tough out at all.”

The Red Wings only won once in the series and ruined their chance at evening things up in Game 4 when they blew a 2-0 lead and ultimately the game in overtime 3-2.

Babcock’s take was a harsh but honest assessment but one Bruins captain Zdeno Chara disagreed with.

As for what the Red Wings need most over the summer to prepare for next season, Babcock summed up everything his team didn’t really have this season.

Health was clearly the Red Wings’ biggest issue this season and one that had a blessing in disguise. Injuries to Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and many others gave players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, and Tomas Jurco opportunities to play big minutes in important games.

That’ll help down the road, but it feels empty now after bowing out in the first round.

  1. hockeydon10 - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Detroit fan here. Aside the Lucic incident, the rest of the rough stuff was just normal NHL hockey.

    Iggy mirrored Zdeno’s comments in the post-game interview.

    Babcock’s comments seemed a little tougher than called for. Sure, they need to make improvements over the summer. A big part of that will come with having more cap room once they let Sammy, Bert and Cleary go.

  2. polegojim - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Proud of my Wings… But Babcock was right on…. Blunt but true.

    It was hard fought… Part of the time, but the Bruins had their way for just about the entire final game.

  3. snipedanglecelly13 - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Franzens big fat contract needs to go, he’s way overpaid for the contributions he makes for the team.

    • hockeydon10 - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:21 AM

      Not sure about that.

      He’s something like .61PPG career (and this season was way higher). Look at all the players around a $4M cap hit and his cap hit is exactly in the right area.

      He is very streaky, but that’s one of the reason’s his cap hit is only $3.95M. That streakiness translated into nothing for the end of the regular season and these five playoff games. That’s what happens with streaky players.

      Someone is going to pay Callahan around $6.5M for his .56PPG.

      • dtownbeatdown - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Franzen has and always will be a lazy player. You can count stats all you want. But if you just watch him on the Ice he is not agressive, he is lazy on the puck, and he has some piss poor passing. With Franzen is more about luck and being in the right place at the right time is where he gets his points. I would like to see his hits per game stats or take away stats. Still would much rather have kept hossa.

  4. muckleflugga - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    good result for a transition year … tough to reduce skill and intellect to the low-brow diving gutter play bruins exploit

    babcock tends to let principles and hockey ethics get in the way … the league is a zoo … you eant to compete, find some apes or

    deposit a chromosome or two entering the rink, then you’ll match-up nicely with bruins

    • edzo82270 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Funny thing is muckle, fans on both sides agreed that this was a well played, even bout between 2 very good teams. Now Marchand isn’t a Saint, but don’t confuse a team that plays 4 line, physical playoff hockey with the Bush League play you’re insinuating. I’ve heard fans whine about Chara, Lucic, Marchand, and Thornton. That leaves 15 players no one mentions. Sounds like sour grapes, or one too many pints.

  5. oldfatbaldguy - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Another complaint about Franzen’s cap hit? The one that is under $4 million?

  6. the8man - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Bruins were just better. No shame in losing to a better team. And the Wings didn’t quit. When you make the playoffs 23 years in a row you don’t win every series. Well done to Detroit.

    I think Tampa Bay has a lot more questions to ask themselves.

  7. muckleflugga - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    the8man

    bruins were not all that much better … they were certainly willing to dive when they needed an edge they couldn’t buy with skill

    the big bad bruins … don’t poke the bear … lmao

    don’t poke the puseé, she’s bound to flip flop fly and cry

  8. muckleflugga - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    edzo82270

    what, you think bruins were going to complain with a heavy dose of chicken-sh it officiating matching their diving output well-seasoned with a compliant and acquiescent bigger bunch of chicken sh it wings

    convince yourself that was good hockey, then watch blues v. hawks or sharks v. kings

    but forgive me, i forgot anyone who fails to follow a popular line, a line favouring bruins and their transformation into league joke from league power, is somehow drinking from a bitter cup

    the hockey was boring when better hockey was anticipated, and it was defensive and it was dull by any comparison with what’s happening in the west

    the fact of the matter is, bruins have been owned by wings anytime pure up-and-down skating hockey was allowed to flow … julien has the antidote … boring, grinding and diving hockey

    lap it up

    let me guess, your a watcher, not a player

    • uuatcher - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      thanks for breaking it down from the inside Much… can I get your autograph?

    • kendog1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:36 AM

      It’s true, face it, the NHL has become a dump and chase league. How many exciting end to end rushes with speed and skillful passing do you see in a game? Maybe a half dozen? Most of the game is spent mucking in the corners for the puck (boring as hell). The players are a lot bigger and the NHL needs to widen the ice a little so the players with skill can actually get a chance to use it. Right now it’s more about clogging the ice up and slowing the game down.

  9. pwshrugged - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    I don’t know what Babs’s point in saying something like that is, other than perhaps simply to vent his own frustration.

    The outcome was frustrating and disappointing for the Wings and their fans, but not all that surprising. The Red Wings are a fast, young team that basically changed on the fly this year as veterans fell apart and more and more youth was called up. Kudos to those kids like Glendening and Sheahan and Jurco who won permanent NHL jobs. But you can’t expect these guys to be able to compete with the same intensity as a physical Bruins team that lost in the Cup Final last year.

    Make no mistake – Boston’s goal this season is the win the Cup. They made adjustments after losing to Chicago to further that goal. The Red Wings’ goal this year, with all the injuries and whatnot, was simply to make the playoffs. Maybe if the Wings had finished as the 1st Wild Card and faced Pittsburgh first, they’d still be in it; maybe that would have given them experience to better prepare them for a determined team like Boston. Maybe not.

    But be realistic – Boston is a veteran team stinging from last year’s loss. They’re motivated, determined, and angry. They want their retribution this year, and I do think they’ll get it. As for the Wings? Come on. This was an injury-plagued transition year. We managed to make the playoffs and put on a better series than the 4-1 outcome makes it look like. With all the cap space the Wings are going to clear out this offseason, they’ll have plenty of money to augment the lineup accordingly, and the young blood got valuable experience. Detroit doesn’t have too much to be upset about here, ultimately, neither the team nor the fans. Yes, it stings today, but better days lie ahead.

  10. slaugin - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    With all that youth Detroit holds a lot of chips.they could easily make a move(s) to get some veteran presence like Kesler or a top line D man

  11. pastabelly - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    Babcock is correct. His team has issues and those relate to talent and depth. Detroit is a decent team, but not one ready to challenge the best teams.

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