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Red Wings overnight report: NHL.com’s ‘30 in 30,’ Sheahan’s ‘first’ and charitable news

I had this date marked on my calendar, so: NHL.com's "30 in 30" series discusses the Detroit Red Wings today, and the NHL dropped a hint as to what was coming via a YouTube video in which EJ Hradek and Dan Rosen posited a 2014-15 season overview: I disagree with Hradek and Rosen on one point: the Red Wings haven't exactly been a "destination"...
Via Kukla's Korner
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

What Happens If Mike Babcock Says No?

Most of us are aware Ken Holland will be talking to Mike Babcock about a contract extension once the Wings arrive in Traverse City for training camp. Babcock has one year left on his contract and will be considered a "lame-duck" coach if he enters the season without an extension. Babcock has stated he will not discuss an extension once the regular season starts which...
Via Kukla's Korner
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings afternoon news: Buckets for Babcock and ‘what it’s all about’

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock spends a signifcant portion of his "free time" advocating for pediatric cancer charities like the Jeffrey Thomas Hayden Foundation, he hosts a family battling cancer at every home game, and it's rumored that Babcock tends to show up unannounced at Children's Hospital in Detroit and the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor to...
Via Kukla's Korner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings Sign GM Ken Holland To Extension; Mike Babcock Could Be Next

The man primarily responsible for making the Detroit Red Wings one of the most consistent franchise in NHL history will be staying in Detroit for a few more seasons. The Red Wings announced Thursday that executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland has signed a four-year contract extension. The new contract will keep him in Detroit through the 2017-18 season. Holland...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Justin Abdelkader A Top-Six Forward For The Detroit Red Wings?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive, 2014-15 outlook: Abdelkader likely will start the season on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and possibly Henrik Zetterberg. Coach Mike Babcock likes having a "heavy body" on each line, someone to provide a physical presence, go to the net and retrieve pucks. Abdelkader has filled this role for Datsyuk much of the past two seasons as the guy...
Via Kukla's Korner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: Jim Hiller discusses role; Detroit’s ‘Franchise’ player and Tatar’s stats

The Red Wings confirmed the "little birdie's" report and hired Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer as assistant coaches today. The Wings' beat writers Tweeted out some Hiller conference call highlights (as and Brewer Tweeted, too)... Jim Hiller, new #RedWings assistant coach, says he'll be focused "on forwards & offensive stuff." That'd leave...
Via Kukla's Korner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Contract negotiations with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on hold

Negotiations on a new contract for Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock won't begin until he and general manager Ken Holland can sit down in the same room. That's not going to happen for at least a couple of weeks. Babcock's contract expires next year and he's already said he won't negotiate once the season starts. And Holland doesn't want to discuss a new...
Via Pro Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Savage: Ken Holland won’t talk contract turkey with Mike Babcock until training camp

The Red Wings have filled their assistant coaching and video coordinator's positions in Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer, respectively, but MLive's Brendan Savage (via RedWingsFeed) reports that we'll have to wait until the fall to find out whether Mike Babcock will ink a contract extension (before the start of the regular season): "I think face-to-face is best...
Via Kukla's Korner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings, Tomas Tatar agree on three-year deal

The Detroit Red Wings announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with left wing Tomas Tatar on a new three-year contract. According to the Detroit Free Press, the average annual value to be $2.75 million. Tatar, 23, completed his first full NHL season in 2013-14, ranking sixth on the team with 39 points (19-20-39) in 73 games. He also represented Slovakia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics...
Via Sports-Glory
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: Ryan Martin on ‘analytics’; ‘numbers,’ charitable talk and summer fun

Mike Babcock's "advanced stats"-related conversation with NHL.com's Dan Rosen ruffled quite a few feathers as some assumed that the Red Wings weren't employing "analytics" at all, but Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin sets the record straight via a conversation with the Free Press's George Sipple this morning: no, the Red Wings don't have a dedicated...
Via Kukla's Korner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny DeKeyser Says Contract Will Be Done Before Training Camp

from Steve Amorose of Fox 17 (western Michigan), DeKeyser, 24, just finished his first full season with the Detroit Red Wings, scoring four goals and adding 19 assists while being a plus-10 in 65 games. He played in all five of the Red Wings playoff games against the Boston Bruins. “Obviously wish we did a little bit better and made it a little bit further in the playoffs...
Via Kukla's Korner
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Shut out in free-agency, Detroit still seeks balance

A few days after their season ended, the Red Wings talked about the need of securing a right-handed shooting defenseman. The Red Wings played the majority of last season with all left-handed shots. In a perfect world, coach Mike Babcock likes one of each on his three pairings, creating balance and theoretically making for better passing and overall cleaner puck movement. There...
Via Pro Sports Daily
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings afternoon news: ‘All-time’ Wings, McKenzie on advanced stats and out-of-comfort-zone fun

This afternoon's Red Wings-related stories are "ecclectic"--not exactly Mike Babcock's "analytics"-based chat with NHL.com's Dan Rosen--but there's enough here to keep you occupied. Detroit is celebrating its 313rd birthday today, and as the Detroit Free Press led off its 53-image gallery of "Detroit's 10 Greatest Sports Figures"...
Via Kukla's Korner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

More From Mike Babcock On Analytics

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com, A basic element of the analytics movement happening in the NHL is possession-based stats featuring shot attempts-for versus shot attempts-against in 5-on-5 situations. Understanding the positive effects of possession and shooting the puck is not new to the hockey community, but stats found through possession metrics such as Corsi and Fenwick are relatively...
Via Kukla's Korner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock: 'If you don’t want to be coached, don’t come here'

So you don’t like the way Mike Babcock coaches? You don’t like his aggressiveness or grind it out practices? Well the Red Wings coach has two words for ya… Okay maybe he doesn’t but during an interview with 105.1′s Ryan and Rico Thursday morning, Babcock was pretty candid when addressing the rumors that it was his coaching style supposedly keeping top-notch free agents...
Via The Majors Detroit
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

One Line Notes From The Maven

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report, * Those who don't appreciate Mike Babcock annually predict a "Doomsday in Detroit." And it never happens because of Mike Babcock. And that, my fine, feathered friends, is not what you'd call a coincidence. * Some hockey players put on a good act for the media but I truly believe Mike Ribeiro will turn over a new...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings early overnight report: On Callahan’s future and Babs’ blame game

Thursday served as a superb, "There is no real off-season" reminder for me. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and new assistant coach Tony Granato gave superb radio interviews, as did Ted Lindsay; Pavel Datsyuk held a press conference at his hockey school, after playing against a team of media members that included Red Wings Grinder's Alexey Kovalevch, and more than a...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings afternoon news: a charitable challenge, prospect talk, RFA updates and bizarro fun

On a quieter day, I would've posted the triple interviews that Mike Babcock, Ted Lindsay and Tony Granato conducted today in a single "afternoon" post, but you've got to get that stuff out as soon as you find it, so: The first "story" of note comes  via Twitter, while I was writing this, and I'll put it simply: Herm to Hockeytown is now an every...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock speaks bluntly during interview on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Ryan and Rico show this moring, and he addressed the hot-button topics--his contract status and the return of Daniel Cleary--as well as many other issues over the course of nearly 13 minutes' worth of interview time: WXYZ's Brad Galli "live-Tweeted" the interview... Mike Babcock...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings afternoon news: a small goalie, large contracts, charitable news and addenda

This afternoon's selection of Red Wings-related news isn't as interesting as the Paul-posted, "Jimmy Devellano's first words to the media since the draft" article in which the Hockey News's Ken Campbell discussed Ken Holland and Mike Babcock's shelf lives, but I've found enough tidbits to cobble together a respectable mid-July entry. The first...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Some Ken Holland And Mike Babcock Talk

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, These are interesting times for the Detroit Red Wings. They’re coming off a season in which they just made the playoffs after moving to the far inferior Eastern Conference, went 0-for-everyone in free agency and have a mix of wobbly veterans and kids that could well see their run of 23 straight seasons in the playoffs come to an end. ...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock not worried about contract extension

Mike Babcock still doesn’t have a contract extension. And he isn’t sure one will be worked out before the start of the regular season. But, as his assistants were coming and going Monday, Babcock was adamant about one thing: He isn’t going to be talking about his future once the season begins. “By that time (regular season), it’s hockey,” Babcock said. “It’s about...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Here we go again…

This took about five minutes. Yesterday, Red Wings coach MIke Babcock discussed his contract status with the Free Press's Helene St. James and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, explaining that he neither wants to talk contract turkey during the regular season, nor does he want to sign until Ken Holland's inked, but less than 24 hours later, The Fan 590 poured fire on the...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Granato thrilled to join Wings as assistant coach

They once famously exchanged words, but now they'll be working together on the Red Wings bench. It was 2008 and Wings coach Mike Babcock and then-Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tony Granato had a little "debate" from bench to bench. Now Granato comes to Detroit to work with Babcock. The two have both seen the picture and laughed about it. "I've gotten a...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings morning news: Babcock discusses past/future assistant coaches, prospect talk & Brownov III

Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related news stories: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock made an eyebrow-raising comment to the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan regarding his contract status and his desire to either wrap up an extension prior to the regular season or to wait until the conclusion of the 2014-2015 campaign to talk contract turkey: "By that time (regular season...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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