Who is in play for the Red Wings Coaching Vacancy?

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Mike Babcock

Could the Red Wings and Mike Babcock have a reunion? This is a very interesting candidate for the role. Steve Yzerman did play under Babcock in one of his final seasons in Detroit. I think both parties are in lockstep with a no-nonsense attitude and expect greatness out of everyone. The Detroit Red Wings’ Hockeytown culture has dissipated in the last few seasons. Babcock knows Detroit and knows what is expected night in and night out.

He is also needing to get back into the coaching circuit. Coming back to Detroit would give him a perfect opportunity to prove he still knows how to coach and this level. Mike Babcock will not be the same coach that we heard and saw in Toronto. This version of Babcock would be similar to when he came to Detroit looking to prove he was capable of coaching in the NHL. A dark horse candidate that should be considered.

Pros: he knows what is expected, motivated to prove he is still capable of coaching, is a proven winner

Cons: his demanding nature has created difficult locker room atmospheres; has shown he may not be in touch with today’s player

Best Seasons:

2002-03 Anaheim Mighty Ducks- Lost in Finals
2007-08 Detroit Red Wings- Won Championship
2008-09 Detroit Red Wings- Lost in Finals
2017-18 Toronto Maple Leaf’s- Lost in round 1

Key Players Coached:

ANH: Paul Kariya, Petr Sykora, Adam Oates, Sergei Fedorov, Sandis Ozolinsh, JS Giguere
DET: Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Kronwall, Chris Osgood, Dominik Hasek
TOR: Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander, Morgan Reilly, Fredrick Anderson