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Babcock with Albom

Of interest to Wing fans, Mike Babcock was on Mitch Albom's Monday Sports show and said the Wings will be relying heavily on Fisher and Krowell. Said he expects Datsyuk to be back, if he wants to play against the best, this is the place to be, but mentioned he has to fit into a salary slot. A bunch of teams after Khabibulin and getting a player like him is like a marriage, you are in it for the long term and you have to ask yourself, are you ready for that. 7:54pm, Shanahan was just on with Mitch, Shanny said he signed for $17 million, Wings had to cut 17 players to afford him, but he is working extra hard to replace them. Also mentioned the players are happy to give up all the money they were used to earniing as long as it goes to the coaches and owners. Oh, that Shanahan sense of humor. Shanny said in the past, when a player got a raise, it helped the other players, but now there could be some bad feelings among players but it is up to coach and management to make sure the locker room is ok. He talked about his decision to come back, basically shut off his cell phone for a few days, called the Wings and said he was coming back, Wings said ok and that was it. He wanted to check with Holland to make sure he was a "fit" and was assured he was. Thinks Babcock will do well. Wings lacked a bit of discipline at times and thinks Babcock's demanding ways will be good, compared him to Bowman in that way. With Dave Lewis, team was run by committee, under Babcock, it will be his way. Mitch assumed Yzerman was coming back, Shanny thinks he will be back. Steve was not happy with the way things ended for the Wings and he still has hockey in him. If he felt his decision was bad for the team, he would not come back. He has made the decision that he can compete in the NHL and just because he doesn't score 60 goals, he can still do other things. He still has it in him, win a big faceoff, score a winning goal, etc. Shanny feels the future is good for the league. Players had to take a few steps back, we hurt the fans, there may be a period of time in cities to win the fans back. NHL must give them value for the dollar and a better product on the ice.

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