Babcock Not Surprised By Doughty’s Struggles, Despite Being Touched By God

Always a good interview, Detroit Red Wings coach, Mike Babcock had the following gems for Helene Elliott:

Regarding L.A. Kings defenseman, Drew Doughty (who he once called as being “touched by God”):

Well, if I didn’t know he wasn’t at training camp — wasn’t he not at training camp — that would surprise me. But this league’s too good not to be ready to go when everybody else is ready to go. Whether you’re a player here that got hurt and didn’t play in training camp, and you wonder why 15 games in you got no stats, all you’ve got to do is look around the league. It’s not by accident. Players are too good. They’re too ready. They come in early. It’s a short training camp but they’re there two weeks in advance skating 10 times just to be ready to start training camp and you can do that on your own, but you’re not as good by yourself. That’s the facts.

Regarding coaches and their firings:

It’s a hard business. Terry Murray did a great job here. There’s a lot of coaches that have done excellent jobs but everybody in today’s NHL — owners and management — thinks they have a team that can make the playoffs and win the Cup and I hate to break the news to them but for lots of teams it’s not true. Until you’ve been there and you know how good you have to be to win the Cup you don’t realize how far you are away. In saying that, there are a ton of teams that think they should be playoff teams and I don’t blame them. It’s so tight. This is what they do. One thing about it is, if you’re a coach, you get to move. You get a new house. You get a different place to live. It won’t be the end of the world for most of these guys. They’ll bounce back.



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7 replies

  1. Truer words were never said.

    Anyone watch the MHL 24/7 on HBO? This year you get a look at Tortarella and Laviolette. Coaching in the NHL must be a very difficult job. A whole team of players, trying to manipulate their psychology. Hard to know when to be a ballbuster and when to be empathetic.

    I think Babcock is just telling it like it is. I am grateful to Terry Murray and hope one day he can coach a team to a Cup, as long as the Kings were not on the path to it…

  2. “you can do that on your own, but you’re not as good by yourself. That’s the facts.”
    i.e. it’s hard to push yourself as hard as someone else can.

    “everybody in today’s NHL — owners and management — thinks they have a team that can make the playoffs and win the Cup and I hate to break the news to them but for lots of teams it’s not true”

    This applies to the Kings. We just couldn’t get it done at critical moments when we needed to the last 2 years in the playoffs. I think both of those series could have easily gone our way.

    • I don’t think that’s true. At the beginning of the season, there were a lot of analysts that had LA as a Stanley Cup finalist. Even now, everyone is scratching their heads. On paper, this team is awesome and full of talent and nobody has been able to come up with an explanation for why they aren’t scoring. This team definitely has the talent to make the playoffs and win the Cup but there is one critical piece missing. Is it passion? Desire? What the hell has gotten into the heads of these players and turned them into the robot version of their previous selves?

  3. Well its official now… Sutter hired; will join team on Tuesday. Done deal. Will this seal the coffin for DL?

    • If we miss the playoffs there is a good chance of that, if we make them then I can see Dean and Sutter put up to the test the next year, but we if don’t advance at all in the postseason, I would have to think that AEG doesn’t renew Dean and Sutter’s contract after next season should we make it to that point.

      • Ya I am of the same opinion Telos. I hope we’re wrong and the kings go far in the postseason this year…we’ll see.

  4. I couldn’t agree more with Babcock. Why take marital counseling from a person who’s never been married? Parenting classes from someone who’s never had kids? Unless you’ve gone down that road before it’s all theory.

    You can do all the research in the world but until you’ve actually won the cup, you are missing that piece of the puzzle to know what it takes to win it.

    At this level so much of it is mental. Like TM said you can line up a bunch of NHL guys on the goal line and sprint to the other goal line and the difference will be minor. Of course you’ll have your Gretzky’s, Ovechkin’s, Crosby’s, Kane’s, etc which will always be a step above the competition but skill wise it’s pretty similar. Maybe Sutter is the guy that can stimulate that mental part of the team’s game to get them to the next level. I sure hope so.

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