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Audio- Red Wings coach Mike Babcock On 105.1 Radio Today

Updated 2x with annotations at 3:17 PM: Mike Babcock joined Matt Dery of Detroit Sports 105.1 and touched on numerous topics such as his contract, team needs, Anthony Mantha and Petr Mrazek.

Gregg Krupa tweeted while the interview was going on so check his recent timeline and/or listen to the interview below...

Update: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan took note of Babcock's comments:

Babcock, appearing on Matt Dery's radio show Thursday on 105.1 FM, again denied he was interested in leaving the Red Wings.

"The reality is the grasser isn't greener on the other side," Babcock said. "It's just not. I know the people here and I like it here."

Babcock, 51, is comfortable with the direction of the organization, with a big group of prospects having already arrived on the Red Wings’ roster or still on the way.

"I like it here a lot," Babcock said. "We have a lot of kids coming. We're going in the right direction. We have a new building coming. I enjoy our general manager (Ken Holland), he's competitive and wants to be good. He's not comfortable with what has been going on of late.

"Our owner (Mike Ilitch) is very demanding and yet appreciative, he gives you an opportunity for success."

Babcock's youngest child is graduating from high school next spring. He said he was comfortable either signing an extension with the Red Wings, or a year-to-year contract similar to how Scotty Bowman worked the final years of his coaching career with the Red Wings.

"I'm not one bit concerned about it," Babcock said.

Update #2: Here are Krupa's Tweets:

babcock, 105.1 FM to me, we had a lot of fun coaching our team.. lot of players had excellent growth.


babcock 105.1 FM #RedWings we got a great uniform, ton of tradition. you've got to have a good run.


babcock. we're still in the building phase. we've got to get better if we're going to have success.

babcock. i'm comfortable. i like it here a lot. we got good kids coming, we got a new building coming...


babcock. it doesn't matter to me one way or the other, contract extension or one year at a time "i'll do it either way... get it done."


babcock my family's not living here anymore except for one, and she'll be moving on right away (daughter)


babcock i think you guys need to fill some air. (when asked about leafs job.)


babcock i'm doing now what i am doing every year. meetings on players. i'm not that concerned about my contract.


babcock 105.1 fm ken holland and i debate all the time, and i like it that way. we have hard meetings. i believe in bringing issues..


babcock to the table.


babcock #RedWings 105.1 FM live now. i believe our coaching staff has done a good job... i like what's going on here. i enjoy it a lot....


babcock i'm proud to be a red wing. we've talked about this (contract) way more than we need to. but whatever.


babcock. i'd really like us to be better moving the puck on the back end. we need to be better in goal.


babcock mantha? the best players play. for a while there, the tie went to the veteran. we don't have that many veterans, now.


babcock nyquist? we never got off to a slow start. i thought the veterans let the kids come up at the right time....


babcock ... continued to grow the product so the kids could come up at the right time. did we rush jurco? best player on ice last night AHL


babcock 105.1 FM live mrazek or howard? THAT'S WHY WE HAVE THREE OR FOR MORE WEEKS TO FIGURE IT OUT.


previous several tweets of babcock on 105.1 FM not direct quotes. typing as fast as i could from what he said. #RedWings remarkably candid!

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RWBill's avatar

This interview reveals so many things, primarily that any discussed coaching controversy or uncertainty has been ginned up out of thin air by media and fans goaded by media.  Speculation that Babcock is going to leverage and wait out Kenny to see what he does is pure unfounded trash.

When he says “I like it here” and “the grass isn’t greener, it just isn’t.” it’s not to sooth over journalists, it’s what he feels in his gut and his awareness of the business and the league. 

You have to love the straightforward, eye to eye answers Babcock always gives and he handles the typical media crap questions honestly without the typical stuff you get from players, “yeah, for sure ya know…” who just want to get through the stupid questions they’re obligated to answer, knowing that if they give anything other than bland generic feedback it will be poorly and partially quoted, tweeted, taken out of context and sensationalized.

We’re lucky to have Babcock.

Posted by RWBill on 05/01/14 at 07:40 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Babcock straight up corrected the interviewer in his misperception that was conjured up and misunderstood by many fans, that Detroit struggled and got off to a bad start, and things got better when Nyquist was brought up, and that was a firm sign of how badly the franchise was being managed by Holland.

Truth is Detroit started 9-4-2, an impressive .667 of possible points, tied for first, with no Nyquist.  When Nyquist came up Detroit had gone 0-2-5.  Nyquist scored a couple of goals early, then scored one goal in 18 games, Franzen-like.

Hopefully he’ll have a great future here, Tatar is a little more of a bulldog with stronger legs, but they are two important building blocks for this team.

Posted by RWBill on 05/01/14 at 07:51 PM ET

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