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Winning On Babcock’s Mind

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

As the Red Wings take the ice tonight for Game 3, down 2-0 to the unexpectedly confident Sharks, suddenly many things seem uncertain for the most successful franchise in the NHL for the past decade and a half. But there’s some assurance: Babcock is cocksure he knows the answers. He will be direct in telling players what they must do. And, while considerate of their points of view, his unqualified, singular concern is winning.

Since he began coaching 22 years ago, at Red Deer College in Alberta, Babcock has succeeded at every level. His consummate confidence and intensity are sometimes confused with arrogance, even conceit, according to some former colleagues.

But as players and others come to know him, they usually understand Babcock is fiercely knowledgeable of the game, intensely competitive and utterly fearless of difficult decisions or dire straits—like being down a couple games in a playoff series.

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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

“He’s not buddies with the players,” said Barry Melrose, a hockey analyst for ESPN who is a former NHL coach. “He would be the first to tell you that.

Babbles is up to the task. He had a great mentor(Scotty), but, since his first day behind the bench, he’s made it clear that it is his bench.  He is the boss.

I’m not about to get all bent out of shape. There is still a lot of hockey to be played.

It is the best of 7 not the best of 2.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/04/10 at 09:40 AM ET

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“Babcock is cocksure.”

Did his wife write this? Jesus.

Go Sharks.

Posted by mmaxcy from Portland on 05/04/10 at 02:27 PM ET

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