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Babcock calls Detroit landing Alfredsson ‘unbelievable’

Aug 17, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT

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While Ottawa Senators grapple with Daniel Alfredsson‘s departure, the Detroit Red Wings seem delighted. Just ask head coach Mike Babcock.

Babcock described the “unbelievable” coup to Detroit Sports 105.1 FM last week, which the Detroit Free Press transcribed.

“We are so lucky and thrilled to have him, it’s not even funny,” Babcock said.

He detailed three things that stand out about the 40-year-old winger:

1. He’s an “ultra-competitive guy … an elite competitor.”

2. Babcock raved about Alfredsson’s hockey IQ, comparing it to Pavel Datsyuk‘s hockey mind.

3. Maybe most interestingly, Babcock raved about the Swede’s right-handed shot:

“We haven’t had a bomb like that on the power play since (Brendan) Shanahan left, from the right side,” Babcock said.

So, yes, Babcock is excited about the Red Wings’ shocking free agent acquisition.

  1. dueman - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:39 PM


  2. cheliostwin - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    When Alfredsson first signed with the Red Wings, the Free Press reported that he had talked to Zetterberg while they were both in Sweden, and reported that he told Zetterberg that he wanted to be part of the great locker-room vibe that the Red Wings have. I think this is an example of what he was looking for. Most people that have commented on the signing have been focused on Alfredsson’s past, about what he has done in his career so far. But Babcock only looks to the future, trying to figure out how he can get the most possible use out of every one of his players. It still amazes me how Babcock never seems to be considered for the Jack Adams Award.

    • mizbinboston - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Babcock approached Ken Holland back in the day and told him he wanted to coach the Wings. Holland’s response was “We don’t hire interns.” And then Babcock proceeded to beat the *^$%&*@$ out of us in the play-offs as head of the Ducks. Point taken.
      He’s never considered for the Jack Adams because he doesn’t have to be. He is the best coach. Stevie Y knows it, as does every other Canadian (and every Detroit fan).

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        Best Coach, I would not be quite so quick with that label, and he’s clearly one of the best. No Jack Adams last year due to the team he had. Playing 13 post season teams, going up against the teams with the 3rd most and most teams in the NHL I’m sure surprised a lot of folks.

        If you look beyond the total wins, but look at the % of points and playoff W/L %, he looks very solid. No surprise team Cannda said “we want you”.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        Hope it’s obvious I meant 13 games. Many did not expect them to make the playoffs.

      • dueman - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        mizbinboston – As much as you would like to think that you do, you don’t speak for every Canadian.

      • clefty1 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        Babcock should of won coach of the year with the team he had last season. How does Quinville get nominated with the team he has.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Reason Quenville was nominated likely was the difference in results last year vs 2011-12 with basically the same guys. The thre teams represernted by the three cominees all exceeded expectations, likely to a greater perceived degree than Babcock and the Wings. And the votes were taken before the beginning of the playoffs. If after then end, he may have gootten a finalist nomination.

      • mizbinboston - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        You make some good points, enduser. To clarify–I think Babs is the current best among active coaches and what he did with the team he had to work with last year was great. It was interesting to see how he changed his coaching style to better deal with Detroit’s younger players. Who’d you pick as current best?

        dueman–if a minorly snarky little Masshole like me is the voice of Canada, then we are ALL in serious trouble.

  3. blackhawks2010 - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Good move to sign Alfie, main question is if there is any gas left in the tank of this 40 year old with mileage.

  4. michigander61 - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Look, this guy is FORTY years old. Enough already signing these old retreads Detroit! The game today needs young legs, Alfreddson won’t be enough to get you to the next level so what’s the point, so Alfie can have a good locker room experience and make millions? Dumb move Wings.

  5. buffbry - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Signing old retards huh? so this year helm, abdelkator, dekeyser, nyquist, tatar, andersson, smith, kindl, quincey, lashoff will all be on the roster and then they have about 5 guys in minors who will be on team in a year. get your facts straight everyone always says det is old, last playoffs they were actually one of the youngest teams in the league. It’s been the same thing since 1997, Det is to old they need to rebuild time to get a new line or learn hockey people it’s 15 years of the same line. Let me know when your team is “to old” but consistently a good team. I’m pretty sure that the wings with their old ass players were the only team to take the Stanley cup champions to 7 games, Holding a 3-1 lead on them at 1 point if I’m not mistaken. I hardly ever comment on this but it’s super frustrating that the average fan says the same thing over and over again, get a new line. Wings are being picked as a top 3 or 4 team in the east this year. Alfredsson, Bertuzzi, Samuelsson, Eaves will all be gone after this year and replaced with youth. That will Leave Datsyuk, Zetterberg Franzen and Kronwall really as the only “old guys” figure it out people this team is not old and hasn’t been since like 2003. good post though NOT

    They are a top 8 ranked team for prospects, pretty good for not picking under 19 in the last almost 18 years. Get a clue because the we are to old thing is actually getting older then the team is itself. I get they added Alfredsson who is a million but that will be a 1 year thing and oh yeah he will be playing with Weiss and Franzen on the 2nd line. Oh my god what a terrible team they have, they better trade everyone and get “younger legs” immediately. Michigander your a retard for that comment.

    • bullwinkle60061 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Detoilet is bankrupt. Who in God’s name has the money to go to a Detoilet game??

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        Probably living in the Det METRO area;)

      • clefty1 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        What does the city have to do with people paying for tickets DUMB FU*K!

      • michigander61 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        Probably the 5 million or so that live in the affluent suburbs of Detroit, that’s who.

      • cheliostwin - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:21 AM

        I live in Kalamazoo, about 125 miles from Joe Louis Arena, and I make it to a game every now and then. Also whenever a Canadian team plays there, several thousand Canadians come across the border to attend the game. The Wings have sold out the last 90 or so home games, thats going back a couple of seasons of every game sold out.

      • stinkpretty1 - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        They still have one of the highest percentages of arena capacity in the league!

    • michigander61 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      Uh, get your eyes examined douche, I say ‘retread’ – a player who has bounced around the league and only wants to play with Detroit because, well, we are Detroit.

  6. thailer35 - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    He said retread, not retard.

    • buffbry - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      ok either way replace retard with retread same post

      • dueman - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        Your comment here proves who the retard is now, don’t it?

    • lrak76 - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      You can imagine if they really did though, right?

  7. broncosfan29 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Oh Yeah because i just love when my favorite team signs 40 year olds. I think this move was STUPID

    • polegojim - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Bronco’s fan… two words… Peyton Manning. Go screw your head back on and your mouth shut.

      It was a GREAT pick up for the Red Wings

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