Funny coming from the franchise that has managed the cap better than any other, keeping Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Lidstrom, Franzen, Rafalski and the rest together. But Babcock's discourse showed the coach's sense of humor.
"I can’t wait," said Babcock. "They’ve got way too much skill. So the only way that we can eliminate their skill is by the salary cap getting involved here. So the more goals those young guys score. You may laugh, but that’s the truth. When you’re on the outside looking in, you’re just sitting there during the regular season hoping that No. 32 (Kris Versteeg) is going to snipe one more, get another one, get another one. Salaries just creep up and they can’t have all the players. The scary thing about this new world is you watch them walk out the door. They say, ‘Thanks for everything.’ And they go somewhere else for more money."
The picture of an opposing coach sitting in his living room rooting for young opponents to light up the scoreboard in the hopes that they'll price themselves out of the Central Division is priceless. Unfortunately, it goes over the humor cap and thus Babcock will have to be traded because he and Holmstrom and Datsyuk are too much funny for one NHL team.