September 7, 2014

Thomas Drance

2014-09-07

Thoughts on Babcock and using shot volume and shooting percentage together to find value in fantasy.

 

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Pick up the Fantasy Guide here – last update was Thursday!

 

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Mike Babcock regrets starting up the whole “is Babcock going to be the most heavily sought after free agent this offseason?” thing with some ham-fisted comments earlier this summer. Here’s the thing: the speculation isn’t necessarily raging because of Babcock’s comments, it’s raging because of his expiring contract. 

 

If the consensus best coach in the NHL wanted to stay in Detroit, I mean really wanted to, wouldn’t he have just signed that extension already? What’s the possible hold up?

 

Babcock could’ve said nothing on this, except “I love the Red Wings and want to stay here for my entire career” and even that wouldn’t be enough to quell speculation. The only that will is his dry signature on a shiny new contract.

 

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Hey it’s tryout season so get your hot Raphael Diaz news here (Detroit is interested)! And your fresh take on Ryan Malone’s chances of cracking the Pittsburgh Penguins Roster here! How about a bit on Todd Bertuzzi wanting to continue his NHL career, fresh off the (word)presses?!

 

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Diaz would legitimately help a team like the Red Wings or the Dallas Stars. He’s actually a pretty capable possession defender, who can definitely do Alec Martinez-type things in a bottom pairing role with the right (more defensive minded) partner.