Originally posted on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 4/1/12

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? 
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