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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wings call Wednesday press conference

The Detroit Red Wings are expected to announce the signing of coach Mike Babcock to a three-year contract at a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. The Associated Press cites an anonymous NHL source as confirming the signing.
Babcock, who guided the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in his third year with the organization, saw his first deal with the franchise expire at the end of the post-season. Babcock and general manager Ken Holland both said that the two sides were close to having a deal before the playoffs, but shelved their talks until after the post-season run.
Babcock has been an NHL head coach for five seasons, leading the Anaheim Ducks to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final in his first season (2002-03).
If Babcock's tenure lasts through this three-year contract, it will place him fifth on the franchise's list of longest uninterrupted coaching tenures behind Jack Adams (20 seasons), Sid Abel (11 seasons), Scotty Bowman (nine seasons) and Tommy Ivan (seven seasons).


Blogger Gregory said...

Bruce...Do you think the Stanley Cup Win had a big effect on the $$$ figure Holland/Babcock agreed to? And do you think if the Wings would have had a bad run in the Playoffs, would have shot himself in the foot for putting off contract talks?

June 11, 2008 at 9:31 AM 

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