Originally written on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 11/18/14

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 22: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 22, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Holy crap, what crazy news to start the month.  In a move reminiscent of the New Jersey Devils, Mike Babcock has been fired by the Wings just a week before the playoffs with Jeff Blashill taking the reins.  Here's Ken Holland explaining the move: 

We certainly appreciate what Mike has done for our program over the past six years, but we weren't very comfortable with the direction of the team and decided a change was needed.  We like our team this year and think that under Jeff's guidance, we have a great chance to go far into the playoffs. 

Wow. Just wow.  I'm not even sure where to start.  There clearly has been some conflict in the past between Babcock and Holland, particularly over the handling of some players such as Lieno and Hudler, but I didn't think it would come to this. 

Hit the jump for more.

A bigger reason for the change has to be the team's lack of performance lately.  Detroit's March was horrific and nothing Babcock did seemed to chance it.  

I guess even more surprising is the timing of this.  Only a week before the playoffs?  Holland again on this point: 

This move was not in our plans, but with the recent results, it had to be done.  We held a meeting with our entire management and coaching staff and, after a lot of discussion and perusing of blog posts, we came to the conclusion that this was the right move.  


Never to let a topic go untouched, Jim Devellano gave us a bit more: 

Really, we weren't going to make any move until we read a fan's opinion on a blog roundtable regarding Mike's performance.  This fan, who goes by the strange name of Twig, went through all sorts of issues that Mike has mishandled over the past few years.  Needless to say, he as convincing.  I bet you don't know this Helene, but we get almost all of our ideas from fan blogs.  Modano? Blog. Quincey?  Blog.  Hell, even drafting Brenden Smith was done because a buddy of mine suggested it.  

Interesting.  Even after all these discussion, I don't know what I think about this.   Your thoughts? 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to win in OT thriller

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court

WATCH: LeBron throws down ferocious dunk in traffic

WATCH: Al Horford ejected for elbowing Matthew Dellavedova

Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe for Russell Wilson's contract

Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans with full-page ad

WATCH: Daniel Cormier gets into it with Ryan Bader

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

WATCH: LeBron's ferocious dunk in traffic

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.