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Is Jeff Blashill Your Choice?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

I would think most of you would agree, Jeff Blashill will be Ken Holland's choice to replace Mike Babcock.

But do you want another coach?

Coaches who may be available are:

Dan Bylsma

John Tortorella

Guy Boucher

Paul MacLean

Randy Carlysle

Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien may be available.

Any others?

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Afternoon Line- Damien Cox On The Toronto Maple Leafs And Buffalo Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Both teams were among the NHL’s worst this season and have a lot of questions to be answered. Today, you can’t accurately say either is absolutely on the right track, and in Toronto, Babcock has predicted “pain” for the near future. Both teams have owners who appear to be committed, but don’t have a track record of winning.

How they build and develop their respective organizations will determine whether the pieces they already have turn into anything at all, and whether Babcock made the right choice or blew it by choosing not to shuffle off to Buffalo.

-Damien Cox of Sportsnet on the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.  Read more on this topic from Cox.

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Short strokes on the Griffins and Baby Z

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Because I'm swamped with Babcock stuff but don't want to sit on stories:

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Dear Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What can you expect from Mike Babcock...

  • Honesty, to the point that it may hurt at times.
  • Frustration, come on Mike, play someone else, he deserves the ice time.
  • Fantastic- One of his buzz words.
  • Compassion for the game and his team.
  • Won't disclose much, it stays in the room.
  • If he does disclose, there is a reason behind it.
  • If a player sits, it is because he does not give your team the best chance to win.
  • Bottom line, winning, in the end that is what counts most.

Below, the opening of Mike Babcock's presser with the Detroit media.

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Babcock farewell presser stories (in progress post)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 15x at 5:23 PM:

Mike Babcock was emotional to the point of holding back tears during his farewell presser to the Detroit media on Friday. Some stories from the event are already popping up, so here they are, starting with WXYZ's quips and quotes...

"It gives me great pride for what we were able to accomplish in my 10 years here," said Babcock. "My decision was mine totally, it was about a new opportunity and a new challenge."

During the press conference, Babcock became emotional as he thanked the fans for their support.

"I've been here a long fricken time, they're probably getting tired of me," he joked.

Continuing with the CBC...

"It's been real special to say the least," said Babcock, who fought back tears a few times at the start of the media scrum.

Babcock thanked everyone from Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch to general manager Ken Holland, to other executives, players, coaches and staffers for their support and friendship during his tenure in Detroit.

With his contract set to expire, Babcock on Wednesday agreed to become the Leafs' head coach, and he held his introductory news conference with his new team on Thursday in Toronto.

He said it was difficult to leave Detroit, but that he's eager to begin a new stage of his career.

"My decision was about a new opportunity and a new challenge," Babcock said.

And Michigan Hockey posted a 4-minute YouTube clip from the 12-minute presser:

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To be discussed later: Hakan Andersson discusses Swedish prospects, Ehn moves to Karlskoga

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In the, "I will get to this soon" category, several Wings fans have informed me that Christoffer Ehn has been transferred to Karlskoga IK of the Swedish Allsvenskan, and that Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson praised Hampus Melen in an interview with Visat Sport's Linus Hugosson. I'll get to both of these topics when I can as the Babcock stuff is taking precidence right now:

Andersson says that Axel Holmstrom needs another season in the SHL to round out his game...

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Mike Babcock farewell presser streams

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Mike Babcock will appear at Joe Louis Arena this morning at 11 AM to speak with the Detroit media for one last time, and Sportsnet will air the presser live:

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Ken Holland, Niklas Kronwall discuss Babcock and moving on w/ WDFN’s Matt Shepard

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 1:42 PM: Earlier this morning, WDFN's Matt Shepard spoke with both Red Wings GM Ken Holland and defenseman Niklas Kronwall regarding Mike Babcock's departure, Jeff Blashill's probable status as the Wings' next head coach and where the Wings go from here:

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
Anaheim 2, CHICAGO 1 – ANA leads series 2-1
Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots, including all 21 he faced after the first period, and Simon Despres scored the tiebreaking goal in the final minute of the middle frame to propel the Ducks to a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Final.

* The Ducks improved to 10-2 this postseason (w/ both losses in OT). Per Elias, they have won 10 of their first 12 playoff games for the second time in franchise history. The other instance: in 2003, when the Ducks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in club history. The 2012 Kings were the last team to accomplish that feat, going 11-1 in their first 12 games en route to winning the Stanley Cup.

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Strange stuff: Slava Fetisov calls for ban on young Russian players going to NHL

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Per the Associated Press, Slava Fetisov's becoming quite the curmudgeon:

Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.

Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.

The aim is to keep ''our most talented guys, the ones who the people come to see.''

Fetisov was one of the first players to benefit from the relaxation of Soviet-era rules which prevented any hockey players from leaving. He moved to the NHL in 1989 with the New Jersey Devils when he was 31, and went on to win two Stanley Cups with the Red Wings.

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