Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Red Wings look to replace
Dave Lewis with Mike Babcock

So reports today's Globe and Mail. Last week, new Mighty Ducks GM Brian Burke reportedly offered Mike Babcock a one-year extension heading into the 2005-06 season. Babcock had said he would need time to think it over, and it would seem that in the interim, he has been pursued by Detroit.

Babcock joined the NHL with quite a flourish, coaching the Ducks in his first season (2002-03) past Detroit in the first round and all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. He also garnered serious Jack Adams consideration that year. Not bad for a rookie bench boss.

Obviously, considering this latest development, his success had an impact on Detroit GM Ken Holland. Both Lewis' and Babcock's contracts with their respective clubs expired June 30.

In other personnel news, the same Globe story reports that the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes will name Trent Yawney and Wayne Gretzky as their respective head coaches.



At 12:42 p.m., July 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke will not be heartbroken at this development. He clearly didn't want Babcock as his coach that badly -- otherwise, he wouldn't have insulted him with a one year deal. Burke almost certainly has another candidate in mind for the job -- I wouldn't be at all surprised if it is Mike Johnston, current Canuck assistant.


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