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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

nhl- Babcock to Wings?

from the Toronto Globe and Mail, The Detroit Red Wings are pursuing Mike Babcock as their new head coach, replacing Dave Lewis, according to two National Hockey League sources.
Babcock, 42, coached the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to the 2002-03 Stanley Cup in his rookie year behind the Ducks' bench.
His team slipped to 12th place in the Western Conference the next season, and the final year of his contract was wiped out by the lockout and expired last week...read on...

Also, Changes for the Wings, from the Detroit News, Hockey's deep freeze is about to thaw.
All indications are a new labor agreement could be days away, and the NHL will return this fall.
But will Hockeytown fans warm up to the new product?
The game will undergo modifications, but the Detroit Red Wings could face wholesale changes.
The captain, Steve Yzerman, could retire. Defensemen Chris Chelios and Derian Hatcher and goalie Curtis Joseph could be sacrificed to meet the new salary cap.
One position is certain, though. Brendan Shanahan has emerged as a power broker in the league.
Even while negotiations lagged, players and management were in agreement on one item: The game needs to be juiced....read more...