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Still Thinking, Mike? If So, It’s Time To Go

Well, when winning is the mantra, when it's "the thing", when you're all about winning and winning won't wait?  Why not...


To be honest, if this is such a gut-wrenching decision, we'll catch you on the flip side, Mike.

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Apparently, in whatever province the World Juniors were held, Uncle Mike and Tick Tock drove and drove and drove. For hours. More likely, somebody was driving them because driving on roads you're not familiar with is scary.  A driver and probably some other guy in the passenger seat, TT and UM in the back, a foot or two apart.

That was probably really weird.

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The Latest Mike Babcock Talk

via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The contenders for Mike Babcock’s services are dwindling.

The Philadelphia Flyers have hired college coach Dave Hakstol to be their next bench boss. A source says the Edmonton Oilers’ hiring of Todd McLellan is a “done deal,” leaving the Sabres, San Jose and Toronto without a coach. St. Louis, which is weighing the fate of Ken Hitchcock, has reportedly reached out to interview Babcock.

The Detroit coach flew home from the world championships Sunday with Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland. Babcock said he expects to have a decision on his future by Wednesday, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if that’s a moveable target.

CSN Bay Area reports that Babcock initiated talks with the Sharks.

The Flyers were reportedly interested in Babcock, but they never interviewed the coach. They instead opted for Hakstol, who has led the University of North Dakota to the NCAA Tournament in all 11 of his seasons.

All I know is this will soon be over.

added 9:56am,


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Mike Babcock And Mushroom Farms


Read more of Gare Joyce's recent twitter comments on Mike Babcock.

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Video- Will Mike Babcock Do The Same As Bo Schembechler?

Remember when Bo Schembechler almost left Michigan for Texas A&M in 1982?

Will Mike Babcock do the same?


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Jimmy Devellano On Anthony Mantha

In case you missed this at The Malik Report today, this is Jimmy Devellano talking about Anthony Mantha to Keith Gave...

"Very, very, very disappointing," said Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano, who saw the Griffins play their final three games, including Sunday's 3-1 win, over the Toronto Marlies. "And I say that with a lot of sadness. Coming out of junior, we had such high hopes for him."

TMR has more from Jimmy D...

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Attention Turns To Mike Babcock

The question is, do you want Mike Babcock to stay or leave and if the answer is leave, who do you want to replace him?

added 9:42am, from John Vogle of the Buffalo News,

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Note to Gary: Go Get Your Shinebox

Before we get to the laughable, the ironic and the sick reality? Let's stick with the facts.

And the facts are the Wings shouldn't be here.  They shouldn't be here because this league, built by a bitter shrew hobbit of a Truman Capote clone of a commissioner, has been rebuilt and reborn as a playhouse for parity, an "everybody gets a trophy" for participating, a feel-good opportunity for teams to succeed just by existing. Gary Bettman built this league with the Detroit Red Wings  in mind. He looked at this organ-I-zation, held it up to a blinking neon light that flashed "Dynasty" every other second and proceeded to devise business rules that would water the Wings down.

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Videos- Ready?

via Sportsnet,



And maybe the theme song for the night...

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Game 7 Preview- Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 7 starts just after 7:30pm...

from Brian Hunter of NHL.com,


Best-of-7 series is tied 3-3

Home ice hasn't provided much of an advantage in the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings. But the Lightning get one more chance to show their NHL-best 32 home wins during the regular season weren't a mirage.

The Lightning host the Red Wings in Game 7 at Amalie Arena on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to play the Atlantic Division champion Montreal Canadiens.

Detroit will be without defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who was suspended one game Tuesday by the NHL Department of Player Safety for charging against Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov late in the second period of Game 6.
In avoiding elimination with a 5-2 win Monday at Joe Louis Arena, the Lightning continued a trend that has seen the road team win each of the past three games and four of six in the series.

"Our big victory in Game 6 means nothing if we don't pull out Game 7," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said after practice Tuesday.

The Lightning last played a Game 7 in the 2011 Eastern Conference Final, when they lost 1-0 to the Boston Bruins. Their most recent Game 7 on home ice was a 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames in the 2004 Stanley Cup Final for the franchise's lone championship.

The Red Wings played Game 7 on the road in back-to-back rounds in 2013, defeating the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals and losing 3-2 in overtime to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the conference semifinals.


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