Babcock to start season without new contract: report

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock likely will enter the season without a contract extension, general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday. The newspaper reported that Holland and Babcock held contract negotiations Tuesday. Babcock, who is entering the final season of his contract, repeatedly has said he is not interested in negotiating an extension during...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Red Wings-Penguins preseason wrap-up and overnight report: loose ends remain, especially on defense

The Chief called 2009 "The Summer of Ken," and going into Friday's game against a Toronto Maple Leafs team that hasn't played since Monday's 3-0 Wings win (7:30 PM EDT on FSD, Sportsnet and 97.1 FM; fear not, the Leafs "went to cottage country"), as well as Saturday's exhibition finale against Boston (5:30 PM EDT on the NHL Network U.S.), I think...
Via Kukla's Korner
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2014-15 Detroit Red Wings Preview: Playoff Streak Will Extend To 24 Seasons

Making predictions in a difficult task at the beginning of every NHL season. But for the last two decades, the safest prediction has been picking the Detroit Red Wings to reach the playoffs. The Original Six franchise extended its postseason streak to a record 23 seasons in 2013-14 by earning a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. It was a remarkable feat considering all of...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Penguins preseason pre-game ramble: on Babcock, Alfredsson, Ericsson and Smith

So I had an awful afternoon, whose details of errand-running and dead batteries I will only allude to. As such, the Red Wings-Penguins "morning skate in progress" post is going to hit the wires sometime shortly before tonight's game (7:30 PM on FSD, ROOT Sports, the NHL Network U.S. and 97.1 FM)... And you and I are going to disagree about some stuff, starting now...
Via Kukla's Korner
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Detroit Red Wings season capsule

DETROIT RED WINGS LAST SEASON: 39-28-15, 93 points. Lost in first round of playoffs. COACH: Mike Babcock, 10th season with Red Wings, 415-198-91; 12th overall in NHL. ADDED: C Andy Miele, C Kevin Porter. LOST: RW Mikael Samuelsson, C Cory Emmerton, C David Legwand, RW Todd Bertuzzi. PLAYER TO WATCH: Gustav Nyquist. The 25-year-old Swede is coming off a breakout season in which he...
Via AP on Fox
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Red Wings hope to do more than just make playoffs

DETROIT (AP) The last two seasons have been full of drama for the Detroit Red Wings - just not in the way the franchise is accustomed to. Coach Mike Babcock's team has had to scramble to extend its streak to 23 consecutive postseason appearances, and although that's certainly a remarkable accomplishment, the Red Wings were hardly considered major contenders for the Stanley...
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The Season Of Mike Babcock Is About To Begin

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Never mind that he has fewer Stanley Cup titles than either Joel Quenneville or Darryl Sutter, neither of whom is considered a better coach than Babcock. He — like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Drew Doughty, the largest stars in hockey — has won two Olympic gold medals, under two vary different circumstances, the most recent...
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Babcock Extension Unlikely Before Season Opener, per Holland

After scheduled talks on Tuesday (September 30th) between General Manager Ken Holland and head coach Mike Babcock on the subject of a contract extension for the latter, it seems that a deal is not apparent in the immediate future. And according to Holland, it doesn’t appear that one will be hashed out before the season opener on Thursday, October 9th. After which Babcock has stated...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Expect A Babcock Contract Deal Before The Season Starts

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and head coach Mike Babcock met Tuesday regarding an extension for Babcock, but a deal doesn't appear imminent. In fact, it might not come to be before the Wings open Oct. 9, which is when Babcock has said he no longer wants to talk about his contract situation. A caveat...
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Red Wings early overnight report: on Smith, the Wings’ young defensemen, Alfredsson and Callahan

The Red Wings play the Pittsburgh Penguins in their final home exhibition game on Wednesday night (7:30 PM, FSD/97.1 FM), and according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Jason Mackey, we shouldn't expect to see Robert Bortuzzo, Evgeni Malkin or Olli Maata in tomorrow's game, but Sidney Crosby will play in the game after attending his grandmother's funeral in Nova...
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Could Mike Babcock be the next coach of the Maple Leafs?

The clock is ticking on Mike Babcock's future with the Detroit Red Wings. So cue the speculation he'll be the next coach of the Maple Leafs . Babcock has one year remaining on his contract to coach the Wings with speculation rampant that the Maple Leafs are the front-runners to sign him should he reach free-agent status. Babcock hopes to sign a long-term extension with the...
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Mike Babcock: 'I don't think this will be my last year'

Did Mike Babcock coach against his future employer tonight? Maybe, maybe not — he's too busy with the present to think about much about it. Babcock is in the last year of his contract, entering what will mark a decade behind the Red Wings' bench. If there is to be an 11th year and beyond, Babcock wants that settled either before the Oct. 9 start of the regular season...
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Red Wings News: Coach Babcock to stay in Hockeytown?

The Detroit Red Wings know Mike Babcock is a terrific coach and are prepared to lock him up for the foreseeable future.#481119483 / gettyimages.comDarren Dreger of TSN tweeted Tuesday morning that the Red Wings were moving forward on trying to sign Babcock,Expectation in Detroit is Holland and Babcock will meet later this week or early next...latest. Offer will be presented at that...
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Dreger: Red Wings’ Holland, Babcock to talk contract turkey shortly

When I tried to make a joke about analytics at training camp, I got an, "I'm sick of talking about it; you're done" from Mike Babcock, and given his most recent comments to the press, I'm guessing that he's going to cut off questions about his contract that way quite shortly. Thankfully TSN's Darren Dreger reports that there's a reason he and Ken...
Via Kukla's Korner
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Mike Babcock On His Future

Helene St. James tweets, Mike Babcock on his future with #RedWings: "I don't think it's going to be my final year here. If it is, it is." Mike Babcock on his future with #RedWings: "My relationship with my general manager is such that the grass isn't greener on the other side."
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock On The Defense

from Ansar Khan of Mlive, Brian Lashoff won't be the odd-man out, however. His job is safe. "Lash isn't in any trouble," coach Mike Babcock said before Saturday's preseason game against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena. "Lash trained like crazy," Babcock said. "Lash is smart. Lash does a good job penalty killing. Lash is what...
Via Kukla's Korner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock On A Few Players After Three Preseason Games

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News, ... how much can you tell after three preseason games, especially because it means some guys have played only one? “It’s been good,” Mike Babcock said. “We’ve got one team that’s won both games and another team that’s lost in overtime. So, they’ve got to hold serve tomorrow.” He ran through a list, using some nicknames...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nosek, Nestrasil Shine in 3-2 Red Wings’ Win

Tomas Nosek, after being held off the score sheet on Tuesday, and Andrej Nestrasil, not appearing in an exhibition game in his pro career, both put up a goal and an assist in the Red Wings’ 3-2 win over Chicago Thursday night. Babcock had some encouraging words about the pair Thursday night. Via Brendan Savage of MLive: “Nosek was really good, and Nestrasil is getting better...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock On The Play Of Tomas Nosek And Andrej Nestrasil

from Brendan Savage of Mlive, Forwards Tomas Nosek and Andrej Nestrasil were two of the Detroit Red Wings unknown commodities entering the preseason. Nosek is new to North America after playing in the Czech Elite League the last three seasons while Nestrasil hadn't appeared in an NHL exhibition game during his first three pro seasons in the Red Wings' organization...
Via Kukla's Korner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportsnet Previews The Wings

from Jordan Heath-Rawlings of Sportsnet, Biggest story line to watch: Can the kids grow up quickly enough to keep Mike Babcock around? The best coach in the business is in the final year of his contract, and while he’s said all the right things about staying (and GM Ken Holland has echoed him), if the team can’t improve on last season’s just-scraping-into-the-playoffs...
Via Kukla's Korner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pavel Datsyuk’s New Line to Debut in Detroit Red Wings’ Preseason Opener at Pittsburgh

Believe it or not, hockey season is upon us. The Detroit Red Wings will open their preseason schedule on Monday night in Pittsburgh. They then travel to Chicago on Tuesday before the exhibition home opener Thursday night vs. those same Blackhawks. Several projected lineup regulars will be on the ice against the Penguins, highlighted by the first in-game action for Mike Babcock...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings morning news: on Babcock, the ‘young guns’ on defense, etc.

Ahead of today's expanded training camp activities and what will probably be a Team Howe vs. Team Lindsay Red vs. White game: It's been a wee bit frustrating to get answers from Mike Babcock that don't involve, "There are 8 exhibition games to watch and I'm going to find out then" regarding any of the Wings' young players competing for jobs on the...
Via Kukla's Korner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Celebrity and Alumni Game Tweetcap

I wish that Pointstreak had kept  a box score of the Red Wings Celebrity and Alumni game, but you're going to have to count the word of myself and all of the hockey types in attendance that the red team, a.k.a. Mike Babcock's team, won 12-10, and this guy played one of the two 25-minute halves... Check out this stud D-Man from tonight's alumni game #Babs #ATTExtCov...
Via Kukla's Korner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Takes From Red Wings Training Camp Day 2

Franzen Changes Up Off-Season Training, Energized for New Season Johan Franzen stated during training camp that he’s switched up his normal off-season training routine, opting for shorter high-intensity training sessions. He says he’s never felt better, and can’t wait to take the ice to start the 2014-2015 season, and it was evident on the ice during camp. Other players quickly...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Audio from the first day of Red Wings training camp: Tatar, Helm, Babcock, Kronwall, Zetterberg, etc

The Red Wings' players engaged in a set of drills mostly involving puck retrieval and transition play at the first day of training camp, working with an emphatic Mike Babcock and new assistant coaches Tony Granato and Jim Hiller on all sorts of "soft dump and retrieval" drills with a heavy emphasis on proper positioning and folding players into drills using outlet passes...
Via Kukla's Korner
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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