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Red Wings hope to extend Mike Babcock's contract soon

Jun 27, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

mikebabcock2.jpgIt’s no secret that Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock does a great job wherever he goes. He took a low seeded Mighty Ducks of Anaheim team to the Stanley Cup finals in 2003, has made two finals appearances with the Red Wings and won a Stanley Cup in 2008. He also was head coach of the Olympic gold medal winning Team Canada in Vancouver this year. It’s no wonder then that one goal of the Red Wings this summer is to get a contract extension worked out with Babcock as the Freep’s Helene St. James tells us.

“I’d like to keep him, so we’re going to sit down and talk,” general manager Ken Holland said Saturday at the 2010 NHL entry draft at Staples Center. “He likes it in Detroit, and I enjoy working with him. I think he’s done a tremendous job since he came here in 2005. I anticipate this is going to take most of the summer, but hopefully by the time we get to training camp, we’ve got something in place.”

It shouldn’t be hard, given both want the same thing.

“I’m staying if they’d like to have me,” Babcock said. “But I haven’t really even thought about it — I just assumed I’m staying.”

This certainly doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a long, drawn out process for either side in these future negotiations and given how well Babcock has shown he can do both when the Red Wings are fully healthy and when they’re missing virtually half of the team, it’s probably in Detroit’s best interests to stick with what they know. I’m sure all Babcock will ask of Ken Holland is to make sure that mentions of former sources of frustration Ville Leino and Robert Lang are kept to a minimum. We’re pretty sure that Ken Holland would like to be spared the virtually patented Mike Babcock death stare.

  1. Runner67 - Jun 28, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    Let’ get it done, he’s the best coach in the NHL!!!!

  2. Neil C - Jun 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Extension thru 2011 at most. Babcock is a teaching coach with a system and is heavy handed on his discipline. The Red Wings appear to be robotic in their play with little opening for their personal strengths – at times the best players look the same as the reserves. They don’t look like they are really playing as if they enjoy themselves but more like concentrating on not making a mistake as if they will be admonished. In a nutshell, they look like they are being micro-managed. Babcock needs to adjust his style of coaching.

  3. Stuannive - Jun 28, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    The wings have always played a team “system’and that is what they do—play the system! Babcock is as close to Scotty as we will see in this league—maybee the wings would rather have Joel Quinville??? Another old NHL defencemen who took too many pucks to the head!

  4. Ar - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Hmmmm…Neil & I are not watching the same Red Wings. I see them enjoying the game play (and saying in interviews they do). Isn’t concentrating on the play part of playing well, not just trying not to make a mistake (which also seems like a good play strategy).
    As far as “system” goes, EVERY team has one–all players that are interviewed from every team say “we just have to stick to our plan”, or “our game.”
    In MY nutshell, I don’t see Babcock as micro-managing the team, but I do see him moving players around to see which players work the best together, and giving them all a chance to develop their personal strengths.
    Babcock is a great coach and the players seem to like him and his style of coaching. He is good for the team and Detroit. Hope he stays around a long time!

  5. midranger - Jul 2, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Neil….. are you sure you are watching the DETROIT Red Wings?

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