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Friday, July 08, 2005

nhl- Red Wing Press Conference

Ken Holland stated that Dave Lewis would not be re-signed as head coach of the Wings. Thanked him for his service to the Wings organization. Holland met with Lewis yesterday and offered him a scouting position with the Wings, but he wants to coach and will pursue another job.
Assistant coaches were informed of decision yesterday, they will all be given strong consideration when a new coach is in place.
Has had conversation with Babcock and will talk with him again soon. Has a few other people in mind but has not spoken with anyone else besides Babcock.
Holland and Wings Asst. GM Jim Nill both know Babcock and that is why he is being pursued as the head coach.
Holland did not want to come back this year with same old, same old again this year. Ken felt making the transition for Lewis from asst. coach to coach was very hard. He was well liked and as Holland said, none of the players liked Bowman. It was an impossible challenge for Lewis to change his ways now.
Holland spoke with Yzerman yesterday and wants him back. Datsyuk and Zetterberg are two key players with the team and wants to compete for the Stanley Cup again.
Emphasis on the game will be skill, looking for a coach that has passion, organized and can establish an identity. Has discussed contract with Babcock. Holland said that Babcock is also talking with a few other teams.

I have found out that the Wings did not want to have this press conference but the story leaked out and therefore addressed it today. They did not want to take away any hoopla from the MLB All Star festivities which have started in Detroit today with the opening of Fan Fest.

update 1159am Babcock will become the coach of the Wings and it will be officially announced either Wed. or Thurs. next week. As I mentioned earlier, the Wings did not even want to have this pc, but the story leaked out so they addressed it. The Wings will wait until after the All Star game to make any more announcements.