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Mike Babcock believes that Jeff Blashill will succeed him as the Wings’ next coach

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Take this for what you will, from Sportsnet's Jeff Marek and Mike Babcock's chat with The Fan 590's Bob McCown:

Babcock was talking about personnel who left the Wings as proof of a quality program and he mentioned Blashill, "Who's gonna be the coach."

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Buffalo GM Tim Murray Puts The Babcock Issue To Bed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

“People are looking for a smoking gun that doesn’t exist.”

That is how Sabres general manager Tim Murray describes the fallout in Buffalo, after the city’s coachless hockey club finished second in the Mike Babcock sweepstakes to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I’m not upset or anything,” Murray told WGR 550 Sports Radio in a lengthy interview Thursday afternoon. “It was a great process for me. This is my first real shot at doing interviews and hiring my coach.”

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Yes, Nicklas Lidstrom helped author a ‘scientific paper’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Nicklas Lidstrom actually did this a year ago, but it makes for interesting reading, per the Free Press's Steve Schrader:

It sounds like a plot on "The Big Bang Theory."

Two really smart science-type guys decided to study whether you can apply intelligence and learn to make up for physical limitations to excel in sports.

So Swedish researchers Jan Lennartsson and Carl Lindberg went to the man who seemed to be the smartest hockey player on the planet, former Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom.

Not that Lidstrom wasn't physically talented, but he always seemed to know what was going to happen before it did.

And it turned out he agreed with their theories, that he learned how to analyze situations and put himself in the best position to succeed, often not going by the book.

Lidstrom was so much help to the research, he was listed as a co-author on the paper that backed up the research, "Game Intelligence in Team Sports," published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

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The Latest On Ken Hitchcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

While he indicated Thursday he has been having discussions with current St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock since the season ended, General Manager Doug Armstrong refused to shed any light on the team’s coaching situation.

Hitchcock’s contract expires in June and the Blues reportedly explored the possibility of bringing in former Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. Media reports suggested that Babcock had talks with the Blues, Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres before deciding to sign a record-breaking eight-year, $50 million contract to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs.

During a conference call with reporters Thursday to discuss the hiring of new assistant general manager Martin Brodeur, Armstrong was asked specifically if he knew whether Hitchcock would be brought back as head coach of the Blues next season.

“You’re trying to put words in my mouth,” Armstrong said. “When I have something to communicate, I will.”

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It’s official; Larkin signs a 3-year entry-level deal with the Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 6:01 PM: TSN's Aaron Ward called it:

Here's the press release:

RED WINGS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DYLAN LARKIN ON ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
… Former First Round Pick Will Join Griffins for AHL’s Conference Finals   …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have agreed to terms with center Dylan Larkin on a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

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Ken Holland discusses Babcock’s departure on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ken Holland appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery show, discussing Mike Babcock's departure, and Holland revealed more of the timeline and the process by which he tried to keep up with the offers other teams made than he has in any previous interview. He also discussed Jeff Blashill's future, and it certainly sounds like Blashill will be #1 on Holland's list of Babcock replacements:

 
And here's the Free Press's Jeff Seidel speaking to Jeff Blashill about the possibility of becoming the Wings' next coach:

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Aaron Ward: Dylan Larkin to turn pro with the Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is a pleasant surprise:

Update:

ATO = Amateur Try-Out. Larkin will be able to play for the Griffins despite not being on their AHL playoff roster.

Update #2:

Update #3:

Update #4: Here's St. James in text form:

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Boston Hires GM Don Sweeney

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Boston Bruins missed the playoffs and fired their GM in Peter Chiarelli.  That quickly began to look like a mistake when he was almost immediately hired by the Edmonton Oilers to be their GM.  You have almost certainly made a bad move if you fire somebody who is immediately such a good candidate that another team races to hire him. 

Boston needed a new GM.  The problem is that it is hard to find a good GM.  They do not grow on trees.  Giving up Chiarelli with no plan one who to replace him is not smart.  Boston basically admitted it when they hired Don Sweeney to replace him,

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A Massive Challenge In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Mike Babcock took over as Toronto head coach Thursday, saying the Maple Leafs are Canada's team and they need to be put back on the map.

The 52-year-old Babcock, no stranger to coaching Team Canada, becomes the 30th head coach in Leafs' history.

Babcock said he was thrilled and excited to take the Toronto job. He cautioned the journey will be a long one, but promised it will be a lot of fun.

The former Detroit Red Wings coach takes over a 30-44-8 Leafs team that finished 27th in the league this season.

Babcock told the packed news conference in the foyer of the Air Canada Centre that he embraces the job ahead.

"I came here with my eyes wide open," he said.

Babcock made it clear that he is aware of the size of the task ahead and would have no problems operating in the fishbowl that surrounds the Leafs franchise.

"This is going to be a massive, massive challenge," he said.

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added 1:23pm, Watch the full Babcock press conference below...

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Mike Milbury On Corey Perry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Eric Stephens tweets,

Milbury was apparently asked how he would stop Corey Perry. "If I were playing against Corey Perry, I’d probably want to hurt him in (1/2)

(more) some painful and permanent way. And I think most of the rest of the league feels the same way." (2/2)

via Helene Elliott tweets,

Perry on Milbury comment last night: "it's not something that's been taken lightly. If somebody said something about his kid that way (more)

How would he feel?" Milbury had said if he played vs Perry he would " want to hurt him in a painful and permanent way."

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