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by George Malik on 05/02/14 at 10:07 PM ET
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock spoke with Fox 17's Steve Amorose prior to tonight's Grand Rapids Griffins game (Babcock, Ken Holland and one Sergei Fedorov were in attendance), and he touched upon some very familiar topics. This is an auto-play clip (and you have to pause it afterward or it cycles on to the next video), so it's behind the jump:
Again,as the Windsor Star's Bob Duff notes, Babcock isn't going anywhere:
“I want him back behind the bench,” Holland said of Babcock. “I respect the job he does for us. I respect his work ethic. I respect the job he did in putting the young players into our system and sticking with them. I’m going to talk to him. I thought he did a tremendous job (this season). From the time a team gets eliminated from the playoffs until early August, these are the times for big decisions. I want to talk to Mike here in the next couple of months and we’ll see what comes of it.”
After he guided the injury-riddled Red Wings to their 23rd consecutive appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, there was strong support for Babcock as a contender for the Jack Adams Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s coach of the year.
During the season, Babcock, who has guided the Wings to a pair of Stanley Cup finals, winning it all in 2007-08, surpassed Adams (413) to become the winningest coach in franchise history.
He also led Canada to its second straight Olympic hockey title at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
Holland understands your unrest. An available Babcock would go to the top of any team’s want list.
“I think if you put down a list of the best coaches in the National Hockey League he’s on that short list,” Holland said. “I think many would have him on that list.”
“For sure, I’m staying in Detroit,” Babcock said. “I haven’t thought about going anywhere else. The owner is better than great to me. They do things right. They treat people right. The GM is a driven guy who can’t stand losing and I like to be around ultracompetitive people.”
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