MIKE BABCOCK NEWS

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
20 hours 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
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

‘Quick player takes’ from the second day of Red Wings training camp

Having spent the better part of the last two days on my feet, and having spent most of that time (waiting for interviews like today's excluded) watching Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and company (in addition to assistant coaches Jim Hiller, Tony Granato and Kevin Baker, the entire Grand Rapids Griffins' stafff [Jeff Blashill, Dave Noel-Bernier and Pat Ferschweiler], the Toledo...
Via Kukla's Korner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

One final plug for the Red Wings’ ‘Celebrity and Alumni Game’

I'm going to be spending thirteen hours at Centre Ice Arena today because I cannot in good conscience miss the, Red Wings' Alumni and Celebrity game, whose roster got a little bigger, per MLive's Brendan Savage... Hall of Fame defensemen Chris Chelios and Mark Howe, coach Mike Babcock and general manager Ken Holland headline the rosters for tonight's Detroit...
Via Kukla's Korner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings hoping for healthier 2014-15

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) While coach Mike Babcock focuses on systems and practice, the Detroit Red Wings just want to field a healthy team this season. Last season was derailed by injuries, although the team managed to extend its streak of 23rd consecutive seasons in the playoffs with a patchwork lineup featuring several young players on NHL ice well before the team's brass...
Via AP on Fox
2 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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wings’ Youngsters Have Equal Chance at Roster Spot as Veterans

Heading into the 2014 Red Wings training camp, Mike Babcock made the unexpected statement that, to him now, the kids on the team have just as much of a chance at roster spots heading into the season as the veterans on the team do, but they have to earn them. Everyone knows that the Red Wings’ philosophy on roster spots, especially under Mike Babcock, has been to value the vets...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

All That Has Transpired: Detroit Red Wings

We’re going to take a look at each NHL team, breaking down every new addition and subtraction, as well as promising prospects. Today, we take a look at the Detroit Red Wings. By:  Ken Will (@PensNation_K) 2014 Season: 39-28-15, 93  pts (4th Atlantic Division, 8th Eastern Conference) Additions: C Kevin Porter C Andy Miele Subtractions: C      Daniel Alfredsson (UFA) RW  Todd...
Via The PensNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report, part 2: reflecting on the Red Wings prospects’ 3rd place game win

I've watched the Red Wings' prospects play three games over the course of four nights and practice four times over the course of five days. I've watched Jeff Blashill--who will now assume a supporting role on Mike Babcock's staff when training camp begins on Friday--and a large cast of associate/assistant coaches take 24 players (8 of them free agent try-outs) into...
Via Kukla's Korner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

THN’s Ken Campbell speaks with Ken Holland regarding Mike Babcock’s contract

The Hockey News's Ken Campbell is a very nice man. So is Ryan Kennedy. I know, because I met them this evening. But I happen to disagree with Mr. Campbell's suggestion that it might--emphasis on might--be time to worry given that the Red Wings will not simply back up a Brinks truck to Mike Babcock's house: Babcock will almost certainly become the game’s highest...
Via Kukla's Korner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock On His Contract

from Craig Custance of ESPN, This summer, Holland signed a four-year contract extension with the Red Wings clearing another obstacle for a new deal with the coach. The Holland extension has done little to move along Babcock’s, which takes us to a question that hasn’t been raised all too often during these months of non-negotiations: What goes into Babcock’s decision?...
Via Kukla's Korner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A ramble: sometimes it’s all about body language

There's a reason I don't panic when I read these Tweets (and I'd like to try to speak to Babcock, but protocol is protocol): It's early but no contract talk yet up here between Mike Babcock and Ken Holland. Babcock seems to be completely unconcerned about it all. — Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) September 13, 2014 Here's what I know, and here...
Via Kukla's Korner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Babcock to discuss new contract

Mike Babcock expresses himself on the Detroit Red Wings bench. Courtesy of MLive.com By Rhys Richards (@RREsq) Earlier this summer, Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock created a stir when he made statements about signing an extension with the team. At the time, Babcock indicated that he might go year-to-year with Detroit or that he would consider coaching with Red Berenson...
Via The Hockey Guys
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Season Preview: @canescountry The Carolina Hurricanes

My new friend Bob Wage from CanesCountry.com answered these questions from myself on behald of PensInitiative.com. If you wanted to learn anything and everything about the Carolina Hurricanes this is the place to go. Please make sure you are following them on Twitter dot com @canescountry they do it all. I asked them how Ron Francis' hair felt like and if he likes smooth jazz...
Via PensInitiative
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportsnet’s Fox annotates Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s interview on The Fan 590

So Red Wings coach Mike Babcock spoke with The Fan 590's Brady and Walker Show this morning... And as you might imagine, Sportsnet's Luke Fox annotated the interview, including a quote that pour napalm on the whole, "Babcock might leave Detroit!" rumor mill: Continue reading "Sportsnet’s Fox annotates Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s interview on The Fan 590"
Via Kukla's Korner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings ‘Captain’s Practice’ post in progress: Datsyuk joins; Nyquist in NYC, Babcock interview

While the Red Wings resume their "Captain's Practices" at Joe Louis Arena today, ESPN's NHL reporters are speaking to players at the NHL's front office in New York, NY today, and they started by having a conversation with one Gustav Nyquist... Detroit Red Wings star Gustav Nyquist got a big smile on his face when asked if Daniel Alfredsson would return...
Via Kukla's Korner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Helm ready for promotion with Wings

With the Detroit Red Wings deep at the center position middle man Darren Helm has spent the offseason preparing to move to the wing along side Pavel Datsyuk. Mike Babcock alerted Helm of his plans at the end of the 2013-14 season allowing the 27-year-old plenty of time to adjust. “Babs told me to be prepared for that at the end of last year,” Helm told the Red Wings website...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings' Mike Babcock 'comfortable' as contract talks approach

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he expects to meet with general manager Ken Holland and discuss a new contract this month. “If we get something done in September, great,” said Babcock, who is entering the final year of his contract. “But if we don’t. ... We’ll find a way to work something out over time, but I’m not all wound up about this one bit. I’m real comfortable...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: Even more Babcock; Raphael Diaz tryout rumor, prospect news, etc.

By now you and I are more than a little bit familiar with the "Mike Babcock contract" narrative, and there's not much that can be said that we haven't heard before. This morning, however, the Detroit Free Press's George Sipple snagged a surprising admission from Babcock regarding the snowball effect that his end-of-season comments (i.e. his willingness to go...
Via Kukla's Korner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: on Babcockian rumors, Zetterberg, the Wings’ handbag policy & spun yarns

My hope is that Mike Babcock is either media-savvy enough or has hired someone to relentlessly monitor the media who's savvy enough to afford him the chuckle, because every time the man's insisted that his contract status is no big deal, the person to whom he's stated as much goes and makes a VERY BIG DEAL out of it. And everyone outside of Detroit seems to think that...
Via Kukla's Korner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock thinks contract will get 'worked out' with Red Wings

Mike Babcock is in a position most NHL head coaches would envy. With one year remaining on his contract with the Detroit Red Wings, he is coming off of his second gold medal as Team Canada's head coach at the Olympics and was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award last season. With the threat of losing him, the Red Wings' backs are against the wall a bit on getting a new contract...
Via Pro Sports Daily
17 days ago  |  Discuss

LeBrun discusses Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s contract status, Blashill’s options and Alfredsson

The Red Wings' coach was quite emphatic about his desire to remain in Detroit yesterday, but the Sports Talk Radio and "Insider" types seem to believe that no one could possibly find themselves in Babcock's position--as a coach with a Stanley Cup and two Olympic gold medals to his credit--and not test the market as an "unrestricted free agent." ESPN...
Via Kukla's Korner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings Office and Babcock to Talk Extension This Month

With the October 9th season opener rapidly approaching, the Red Wings organization have turn their attention to head coach Mike Babcock, who is entering the last year of his current coaching contract with the team. The team recently signed general manager Ken Holland to an extension, locking up the spot for the foreseeable future, and now are reportedly ready to do the same with...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings, coach Mike Babcock will talk extension this month; no concerns about distractions

The Detroit Red Wings secured the future of their longtime general manager by signing Ken Holland to an extension last month. Now Holland will focus on trying to get coach Mike Babcock signed beyond this season. "If we get something done in September, great," Babcock said Wednesday, after watching players at an informal skate at Joe Louis Arena. "But if we don'...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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