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Early December Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Maybe the most impossible question to answer is what Mike Babcock’s future will be. When he was fired, word was that at least two teams privately reached out to gauge his interest in coaching right away — only to be told that he preferred to take some time. I heard from people in Russia that there was KHL interest, either as a coach or a consultant. There were rumours he’d be offered a World Junior role (not as head coach, but in an advisory position) and/or the head job for the World Championships. Then came the avalanche, and now that’s all in doubt....

- Chris Chelios’s Spittin’ Chiclets interview about Babcock had some confusing timelines, because when the Johan Franzen incident occurred (as Nashville eliminated Detroit in Game 5 of the 2012 first round), Chelios was no longer on the Red Wings. He referenced a meeting Ken Holland had with the players, where the GM defended his coach. I think this has to do with Marty McSorley. McSorley worked on San Jose Sharks broadcasts, and once said none of the Red Wings liked playing for Babcock. Word got back to Detroit reporters, who asked Holland about it....

- Reminder of other situations to watch: Los Angeles with most of their veterans, with the exception of Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar; Buffalo with its defence; Carolina continues to look for a top-nine forward. Meanwhile, things have calmed in Minnesota as the Wild show a surge.

- And one GM predicts, “Watch St. Louis. They think they can repeat, and they will go for it.”

more on the first two topics plus additional Thoughts...

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- Chris Chelios’s Spittin’ Chiclets interview

This explanation in Friedman’s article paints a VERY different picture than “if you don’t like the coach you can be traded” description.

It’s too bad adults like Chris Chelios and Sean Avery need to lie in order to get some attention. What’s wrong, Chelly? A 67-year NHL career wasn’t enough? Maybe if your shitty chili restaurant didn’t close you’d be too busy to try and grab the spotlight.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 12/04/19 at 04:57 PM ET

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Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 12/04/19 at 03:57 PM ET

Wait, what?

Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 12/04/19 at 05:06 PM ET


After Franzen’s statement (and Zetterberg’s) it’s hard to believe Babcock or Holland.

Posted by pnwwing on 12/04/19 at 06:14 PM ET

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Not sure what Chelios heard or not, but he was still a Wings consultant during the Franzen incident, so he could still have first hand knowledge.  Not mention its been confirmed by Franzen himself.

As far as the Holland speech, he admitted pretty quickly after the interview that he was mistaken and the speech happened after a different incident.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 12/04/19 at 07:22 PM ET

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Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 12/04/19 at 04:06 PM ET

CharDee has been in a rage since his hero Babs was shown to be a neanderthal.

He will demand Don Cherry’s firing for his incident, but Babs’ incident is perfectly fine, because he did it to White people of European descent.

Don’t try to make sense of how things are in CharDeeWorld, just sit back and enjoy the show.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/04/19 at 08:30 PM ET


At this point I’m not going to get tangled up in the semantics and the timelines. We’ve got several credible witnesses confirming that Bab’s is an *#$%@&. There has been smoke for a while and after the Marner story broke and Bab’s got fired it’s become clear that it’s a blazing tire fire.

Posted by MZ2215 on 12/05/19 at 08:21 AM ET

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Don’t try to make sense of how things are in CharDeeWorld, just sit back and enjoy the show.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI

I get what you’re saying, RW, but watching someone rage about everyone and everything in an insulting manner is rarely an “enjoyable” thing.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/05/19 at 12:23 PM ET

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