My fellow Wing-Nuts, by now you have heard the news that Coach Mike Babcock will NOT be coming back to coach the Red Wings - the Toronto Maple Leafs made him an offer he couldn't refuse and the Wings couldn't match (unlike players, there is NO salary cap for coaches and other "Front-Office Personnel"). The leading candidate to succeed Babsy is Grand Rapids Griffins' bench boss Jeff Blashil. How do you think Babcock will do in Toronto? Will he bring them the Cup for the first time since 1967? And Who is YOUR choice to be behind the guys in the 2015-16 season? Do you think this is a good thing for the team or a setback?
One big reason why Jeff Blashill is being tabbed by many as the heir apparent is that he has the Griffins in position to win their second Calder Cup in 3 years as they take on the Utica (NY) Comets (Vancouver Canucks) in the Western Conference Finals. Game 1 of the series is Tomorrow in Utica, NY @ 7:00 pm. Making His Professional Debut with the Griffins in Game One is none other than Waterford, MI native Dylan Larkin - who after his appearance with Team USA at the IIHF World Championships (in which they won the Bronze Medal) decided to leave the University of Michigan after his freshman year to begin his "Play-For-Pay" Career.
The Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of your Detroit Red Wings have just won the Calder Cup as champions of the American Hockey League tonight over the Syracuse Crunch 5-2 to win the series 4-2. Tomas Tatar was the MVP of the Playoffs.