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Red Wings set to play on FOX Sports Detroit

FOX Sports Detroit will televise 70 regular-season and three preseason games during its coverage of the 2015-16 Detroit Red Wings. Regular-season coverage begins Oct. 9 with the home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. We will kick off Opening Night with a special one-hour Red Wings Live, featuring Jeff Blashill's first game as Detroit's head coach against former Red Wings bench...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings' Kindl happy for a fresh start

Despite putting up a career high in goals last year with five, it was not a good year for Jakub Kindl. Kindl was rarely used last season by Mike Babcock, playing in only 35 games and was a frequent healthy scratch. "It was tough," Kindl said to Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News. "But I was trying to be a good teammate and support the guys at the rink. Some things you can't control,...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthias thrilled for opportunities with Babcock, Maple Leafs

Center Shawn Matthias grew up in the Toronto area, so when he had the chance to sign with his hometown team this summer, he jumped at it. Matthias ended up inking a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs worth a reported $2.3 million on July 6.Aside from returning home, Matthias said playing for coach Mike Babcock was big draw in favor of Toronto."This is where I wanted to go, and [Babcock...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Lemaire: Bond with Lamoriello, Babcock key reason to leave Devils

Jacques Lemaire stressed familiarity with both Lou Lamoriello and Mike Babcock has his primary reason to leave the New Jersey Devils.Hired as a special assignment coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, Lemaire told NJ Advance Media that his bonds with both men played a significant role in his decision to leave the Devils."Lou is a big part of it. And Babcock is the other part...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock puts Northville, MI home up for sale

Mike Babcock is cutting ties in Michigan and taking all of his faces north of the border to coach the Maple Leafs.  To help cut ties, Babcock recently put his Northville, Michigan home on the market. The modest 4,486 square-foot home could be yours for $799,999.00.  Maybe a bit less because when you sign an eight-year, $50 million deal like Babcock did, a couple thousand is considered...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Toronto Maple Leafs hire Jacques Lemaire as "special assignment" coach

The Toronto Maple Leafs coaching staff certainly won't lack NHL experience next season. The Leafs have hired Jacques Lemaire as a "special assignment coach." “Obviously Jacques Lemaire has a wealth of experience," Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said, via Toronto Maple Leafs P.R. department. "We had a great relationship from the 2010 Olympics and I’ve asked him to join our...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Lou Lamoriello and the Leafs

In a relatively quiet summer of NHL player news, Toronto’s administration has made perhaps some of the most buzz-worthy changes. While trading scorer Phil Kessel and hiring coach Mike Babcock have been been substantial moves, it is the hire of general manager Lou Lamoriello that should have the most impact on the direction of the franchise. Lamoriello’s successes during his...
Via The Sports Post
20 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Johan Franzen bought Mike Babcock bed sheets for Gustav Nyquist

Reuters When you’re a professional athlete, you can pretty much afford anything you need, within reason.  In theory, that should make it harder to hop for gifts for professional athletes.  That is, unless you’re Wings winger Johan Franzen looking to purchase a gift for teammate Gustav Nyquist. MIKE BABCOCK BED SHEETS, IT IS! Franzen posted a photo of his gift to his Instagram...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings: Johan Franzen gets Nyquist Babcock inspired bedsheets

It looks like Red Wings forward Johan Franzen isn’t going to have as hard of a time getting over Mike Babcock as Gustav Nyquist will. Or at least that’s how Franzen wants it to appear. Franzen, who missed almost all of last season with a concussion, posted this to his Instagram account for Nyquist in an attempt to help him (Nyquist) get over Babcock going to Toronto. ...
Via The Majors Detroit
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Two new signings could reflect savvy Toronto business strategy

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been spot-on in terms of offseason additions this summer, adding coveted coach Mike Babcock and long-time Devils GM Lou Lamoriello to their staff. They also dealt Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, a move which was seen as addition by subtraction in terms of clubhouse chemistry for the Leafs. But some of their more unheralded moves might reflect...
Via Fox Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Basement Teams Make A Comeback?

We're at that point in the off-season when fans start speculating how their team will perform in the upcoming regular season. With new prospects drafted and called up, new players added to the lineups, and new coaches taking over, many teams that under-performed last season get some new-found hope to improve next season. Only four teams last season earned less than 70 points...
Via The Sports Quotient
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Stanley Cup contenders?

A new era of Detroit Red Wings hockey is about to begin in Hockeytown, as the Red Wings are preparing for Jeff Blashill’s first season as the team’s newest head coach.  Blashill, 41, became the team’s 27th head coach when he replaced Mike Babcock, who left Detroit for Toronto, after signing an eight-year deal worth $50 million. Having spent time as an assistant coach for the...
Via isportsweb.com
29 days ago  |  Discuss

From Good To Bad To Babcock

There were nine teams that appeared in both the 2014 and 2015 postseasons: the Chicago Blackhawks, the Anaheim Ducks, the Minnesota Wild, the St. Louis Blues, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New York Rangers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Montreal Canadiens, and the Detroit Red Wings.As always, several teams made surprise appearances in the playoffs, while several others failed to...
Via The Sports Quotient
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

What Will Next Season Bring For the Maple Leafs?

View image | gettyimages.com Will the Toronto Maple Leafs be better in 2015? This is a very popular question during the dog days of summer. Will they be a bottom five team again? Will they make a playoff push? The 2015-2016 Toronto Maple Leafs will be one of the most unpredictable teams in recent years. Similar to the Oilers, nobody really knows how they will perform over the...
Via TopSportsReport
July 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Hakstol's star status by the numbers

The following is a guest post by Jaclyn Mason of Meet Me Behind the Net.     When the Flyers announced Dave Hakstol as the new head coach, many were blindsided. Since then, he’s been the subject of much speculation, which should come as no surprise given that he’s the first head coach to move directly from college hockey to the NHL in over three decades.    ...
Via Flyerdelphia
July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Defenseman Kindl looks for a second chance under new coach

Detroit defenseman Jakub Kindl didn't seem to have much of a chance to play under former Detroit coach Mike Babcock. Kindl played in just 35 games last season, and Babcock constantly lamented Kindl's lack of competitiveness. But a new coach means a new chance for Kindl, who has two years left on a four-year contract with the Wings. Jeff Blashill, the former AHL coach who will replace...
Via Fox Sports
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Gave: Wings buy out Weiss, turn to future by re-signing Smith

The Red Wings began the process of distancing themselves from the Mike Babcock era today, cutting loose center Stephen Weiss by buying out the final three years of one of the worst contracts they've ever entered with a player. Two years ago, against their better judgment but at Babcock's insistence, the Wings signed Weiss to a five-year, $24.5 million free-agent deal, hoping he would...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Babcock lays out plans to run a tight ship in Toronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs had quite a bit of off-ice drama last season, and new coach Mike Babcock apparently will not tolerate any of that when he is the man behind the bench in Toronto. "The number-one characteristic of a Toronto Maple Leaf is a good human being. Period,” Babcock told the media. “So if you don’t fit that, you’re not going to be here. Anything that’s been...
Via Fox Sports
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Wings get reflective in hunt for right-shot defenseman

Aside from the Mike Babcock talk, one of the most popular topics of conversation in Detroit all season was the hunt for a right-shot defenseman. At one point, rumors had the Wings in hot pursuit of Toronto's Dion Phaneuf, but that interest soon faded. Now, a report from Pro Hockey Talk claims the Red Wings will look within to find an answer for their right-handed blue line deficiencies...
Via Fox Sports
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Stanley Cup odds in 2016

With the recent hiring of former Grand Rapids head coach Jeff Blashill, the Detroit Red Wings are trying to make their way back to a place that seems lost without them, the Stanley Cup title picture.  This past season, the Wings advanced to the postseason for the 24th straight season, dating back to the 1989-1990 season.  Unfortunately for Red Wings’ fans, another trip to the...
Via isportsweb.com
June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Ducks granted permission to speak with MacLean

According to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, the Anaheim Ducks have been granted permission to speak with former Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean.The Senators had previously stated that no team had asked for permission to speak with the former coach.The Ducks will look to fill the assistant coach vacancy left after they fired Brad Lauer earlier this month. MacLean had served...
Via Fox Sports
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Recap: Jeff Blashill named the new head coach of the Red Wings

This morning, ‘the worst kept secret in Detroit sports’ was finally revealed as Jeff Blashill was named the new head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. The 41-year old Blashill becomes the 46th head coach in Red Wings history and is now the second youngest in the NHL behind newly appointed Devils head coach John Hynes. A Michigan native, and the first U.S. born head coach of...
Via The Majors Detroit
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Officially Name Jeff Blashill New Head Coach

DETROIT — The moment Mike Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings, Jeff Blashill was the obvious candidate to replace him. In fact, this coaching hire seemed more like a succession plan that was in place for about a year before Babcock’s departure. The 41-year-old Blashill was introduced Tuesday as Detroit’s new head coach. Blashill has coached Detroit’s minor league affiliate...
Via NESN.com
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Jeff Blashill announced as new head coach

A new era of Detroit Red Wings hockey has begun in Hockeytown, as the Red Wings have officially announced the hiring of Jeff Blashill as the team’s newest head coach.  Blashill, 41, becomes the team’s 27th head coach in team history.  He replaces Mike Babcock, who left Detroit for Toronto on May 20th, after signing an eight-year deal worth a reported $50 million. Blashill was...
Via isportsweb.com
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings sign Jeff Blashill as new head coach

The wait is over. The Detroit Red Wings have officially annouced the signing of Jeff Blashill, coach of the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate team, the Grand Rapids Griffins as the successor to Mike Babcock  after he left the Wings to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blashill was the favorite to get the job. It was the worst kept secret in the NHL. The  press conference was held at Joe...
Via isportsweb.com
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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