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by Paul on 10/13/10 at 06:57 PM ET
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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