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Wings Extend Babcock

via Jeff Marek tweet,

Detroit signs head coach Mike Babcock to 4-year contract extension.

added 9:33am,

DETROIT—Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has reached a four-year contract extension with Head Coach Mike Babcock. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Babcock, 47, is currently in his sixth season with the Red Wings. He first stepped behind the bench in Detroit at the start of the 2005-06 season and has since compiled a 259-101-52 regular-season record with the Red Wings. He is the first coach in NHL history to guide his team to four consecutive 50-win seasons in his first four seasons with a team, leading the Red Wings to 58 victories in 2005-06, 50 in 2006-07, 54 in 2007-08 and 51 in 2008-09. Under his watch, the Red Wings have twice captured the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season champion (2006, 2008). He was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in 2008 and was named the NHL’s coach of the decade by both the Sporting News and SportsIllustrated.com (2000-09). Last season, he guided the Red Wings to their 10th consecutive 100-point season, an NHL record, and their fifth consecutive 100-point season under his watch. His overall record through seven seasons as an NHL head coach is 326-163-85.
Babcock’s NHL postseason success is equally impressive. He holds a 48-33 playoff record through five postseasons with Detroit. After a first round loss in 2006, the Red Wings advanced to the conference finals in 2007, back-to-back Stanley Cup finals in 2008 and 2009, and the conference semifinals in 2010. Through his first seven seasons as an NHL head coach, Babcock’s teams have advanced to the Stanley Cup finals three times and the conference finals four times. He led Detroit to the 11th Stanley Cup championship in franchise history in 2008. His overall postseason record through seven NHL seasons is 63-39. Since his first year as an NHL head coach with Anaheim in 2002-03, he has coached in more postseason games (102) and has more postseason wins (63) than any other NHL head coach. He also holds the second-highest winning percentage (.618) during that span.
Babcock has also represented his native Canada at several international competitions. He helped Team Canada secure gold at the 1997 World Junior Championships, the 2004 World Championships and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver last February. He became first coach to win all three components of the Triple Gold Club (Stanley Cup, Olympics and World Championships).

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MOWingsfan19's avatar

Very nice.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 10/11/10 at 11:29 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar


Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 10/11/10 at 11:30 AM ET

Pharazon's avatar

4 more years of the death stare… BRING IT ON

Posted by Pharazon from England on 10/11/10 at 11:40 AM ET

Bhernhard Bhudznev's avatar

Go Babs!

Great for the Organ-I-zation

Stability following TPH’s retirement. 

Tradition, stability,personnel,  systems, Championships

I like it.

Posted by Bhernhard Bhudznev from Traverse City, MI on 10/11/10 at 11:51 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

WooHoo(!)  The most competent organization in the NHL continues keeps on rolling.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 10/11/10 at 12:16 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Also impressive, though it doesn’t read as nice on a resume, is that he’s done all this in the “shadow” of the greatest coach in professional sports history.

I know Dave Lewis was there to take the brunt of the change after Bowman retired, but I would argue that almost put more pressure on Babcock, as he was the hired gun to come in and do what Lewis couldn’t do—live up to Bowman’s record of success.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/11/10 at 12:25 PM ET

Pharazon's avatar

I know Dave Lewis was there to take the brunt of the change after Bowman retired

the 2002/03 red wings team was the 2001/02 team minus Hasek, plus Cujo and Zetterberg…

it should have won the cup easily, yet got swept by Babcock’s ducks…

there was no ‘change’ - Lewis just wasn’t head coach material..


but i do agree that Lewis’s failure put more pressure on Babs

Posted by Pharazon from England on 10/11/10 at 12:31 PM ET

Denver Wings's avatar

4 more years of the death stare…

Posted by Denver Wings on 10/11/10 at 03:18 PM ET

Denver Wings's avatar

... To quote Pharazon ...

Posted by Denver Wings on 10/11/10 at 03:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Excellent re-signing.  For all his accolades, Uncle Mike’s never going to win the Jack Adams…esp. this season if the Oilers (Renney) and the Lightning (Boucher)continue their great starts.  They never give it to the guy with the best lineup in the league.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 10/11/10 at 03:41 PM ET

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