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Holland Finally Made The Right Move

from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,

Flash back to the spring of 2002. Mike Babcock is the head coach of the AHL’s Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, a shared farm club of both Anaheim and Detroit.

“I remember he had come up to watch us play in the first round against Vancouver,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland recalled Tuesday. “He was cocky. He told me he wanted to be the next coach of the Red Wings after Scotty Bowman. And I told him, ‘The Red Wings would never be his first [NHL] coaching stop. We don’t hire interns.’”

The truth is, Holland was already impressed with the young coach, having fostered a relationship with him through Detroit’s shared agreement in Cincinnati. At that time, however, Bowman’s replacement after another Cup in 2002 would be longtime assistant Dave Lewis. He was in-house, had bided his time and an outsider wouldn’t feel right after a Cup year.

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SYF's avatar

Nicklas Lidstrom is key in all of this. The captain and the coach have an excellent rapport.

Now there’s a big STFU to Andy Strickland and the jokers on Hockeybuzz.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 10/13/10 at 07:58 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Bowman’s replacement after another Cup in 2002 would be longtime assistant Dave Lewis. He was in-house, had bided his time and an outsider wouldn’t feel right after a Cup year.

Putting Mr. Moustache in charge is one of Tick Tock’s few big mistakes. He was a complete disaster. I’ve always thought Barry Smith was the “insider” who should have gotten the nod in 2002-2003. But if he had, Babs might not be here today, so I guess it all worked out for the best in the long run.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/13/10 at 08:41 PM ET

drimo's avatar

I’d like to see HBO do a 24/7 show on Babcock’s leadership.  I don’t say that as a Wings fan, but because the man exemplifies professionalism in every aspect and it would be intriguing to see his work behind-the-scenes.

I vow to someday shell out the big bucks to sit behind the Wings bench during a game just to watch the coaches operate.  The reality is that would only be a minor glimpse of how he operates on a day to day basis.

Posted by drimo from Cincinnati, OH on 10/13/10 at 11:08 PM ET

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