Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/20/05 at 09:40 AM ET
It's not just the fans who aren't sure what to expect from the National Hockey League this season. Coaches are in the same boat. They have some ideas and some expectations. And each one hints that he has noticed something that may have escaped the attention of others -- which he's keeping quiet, of course. But in Detroit, Mike Babcock has an added burden. As the new coach of the Detroit Red Wings, he not only has to adjust to an unfamiliar situation, he also has to adjust to an unfamiliar position -- players he doesn't know in a city he doesn't know in a franchise he doesn't know. He had thought, for instance, that Sunday would be an ideal time to give his players a rest day after a rigorous week of training camp in Traverse City, Mich. But the people at Little Caesar's Pizza, who also happen to be the people who own the Red Wings, had a different idea. They thought a promotional intrasquad game at the State Fairgrounds would be a better idea. Guess what the Wings did on Sunday?
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