Update, 9:01pm MT: I was thinking when I posted this about setting up some sort of actual pool, with a real winner and everything, and Matt’s link today reminded me of that. So, put in your bets in the comments below. Whoever’s the closest will win a yet-to-be-determined but still awesome prize.
I posted a quick, very informal poll on Twitter yesterday, wondering: how long will it be until Mike Babcock’s patience finally runs out with Big E and nails his ass to the bench for Jakub Kindl?
that’s Babs saying, “If this doesn’t work NOTHING will.”
It absolutely screams that this is the desperate, last ditch effort to kickstart Ericsson into playing like the rookie defenseman we saw in the 2009 playoffs rather than the confused, lost kid we watched float around this pre-season so far. Seriously, if you can’t elevate your game while playing with the best defenseman in the game, well, you might really be a lost cause. It’s also somewhat of a safeguard, because Nick will be there to at least attempt to cover for the turnovers we can already expect.
Some other Over/Unders on how long Big Rig will last:
@jennyquarx: 2 periods
@onthewings: At this point, it should practically be 2 shifts. Kid needs a sit down talk if he doesn’t turn it back on
@mpetrella: By the second week. Bank on it.
@thetinnishflash: Like, a week. Seriously. Especially if he’s paired with Lidstrom. To me, that’s Babs saying, “If this doesn’t work NOTHING will.”
Personally, I’m giving Big E a month. I think he’s got until November to turn his game around or else get used to seeing #4 out there.
The second factor is that I do think Babcock is stubborn enough to try and force it to work, and to force Ericsson to show up for be shown the press box, but at the same time it sounds like he won’t have the patience to babysit Jonny for too long, either.
From Khan again:
“It’s at a time in his career he has to be an important player. He has the ability to do that,’’ Babcock said. “Mind drives the body, so he’s got to be mentally strong. The measure of being a good pro is every game, every year.’’
Babcock said he’s not sure how long the arrangement will last.
I feel like that last statement could be taken either of two ways: Babcock puts Ericsson back with Salei, or he just swaps him for Kindl.
Elliott Friedman reiterates the thought that Babcock might not waste time coddling Jonny this season with a quip from the most recent “30 Thoughts“:
Jakub Kindl won’t start the season in Detroit’s top six, but could finish there. Mike Babcock is running out of patience with Jonathan Ericsson. “He’s not a kid anymore,” the coach says. “He can’t make kid’s mistakes.” He’s 26.
What’s your Over/Under on how long Ericsson lasts until we see Big Rig taking up residence in the former Leino Lounge? Leave your guess in the comments, and I’ll be keeping a running tally of how many games it takes.