Mike Babcock's mind meld
This photo ran in one of the latest issue of The Hockey News, and I deemed it worthy of a caption contest. It appears Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is doing a little Shang Tsung soul capturing maneovere here on Tomas Holmstrom — but that could be just me.
Whatever motivates your crew, I suppose.
Speaking of which, you hardly hear of the phenomenal job Babcock has done behind the bench of this team. Many are still taking for granted the season Detroit is having — on pace for 121 points — simply because they're, well, Detroit.
But it couldn't have been easy walking into that dressing room as a third-year coach and commanding a group of players that he helped upset as Ducks coach back in the first round of the '03 playoffs. (You have to know Red Wings management took note of how the then rookie bench boss fared with so little while then Detroit coach Dave Lewis struggled with so much.)
Then again, after watching Babcock command some pretty dominant Spokane Chiefs teams for years in the WHL, I'm hardly surprised.
I credit the mind meld. After all, it worked on Bryan McCabe back in the day.