GDR wrote: Lt. Dish wrote:
cheesesteakwithegg wrote:I heard Dejan say it on DVE this morning (pretty emphatically too). I thought I saw Elliot Friedman say it on twitter as well this morning, but its not there anymore.
Id love Babcock, but I dont see it happening.
Those of you who know contracts of this nature: Is it possible that a guy of Babcock's level could've had an out-clause worked in to his last contract? If so, then Deadspin, get on this!
I'm checking out the McGill University bookstore for swag/gear to get if this were to happen.
If Babcock wants to come to the Penguins all he would have to do is resign and then sign with the Penguins. Brent Sutter did it with the Flames a few years ago.
Makes sense. Could the Wings have insisted on a noncompete to prevent that?
If Mario Lemieux wants Mike Babcock, and he and Burkle are willing to pay up, does anyone think Babcock would say no?
Also, Babcock has been in DET for 9 years. Maybe he wants a change in scenery.
Red Wings' fans have had bouts of frustration with him (notably, his allegiance to vets), but he knows how to manage elite skill in its prime. Zetterberg is still relatively young, at 33, but Datsyuk, as awesome as he is, is getting up there. Lidstrom is gone, and Nyquist is a work-in-progress, albeit an extremely promising one.
Babcock coming to the Pens would be a lovely twist to the rivalry dynamic in the East. Delicious, really. One super-sized hot buttered popcorn, coming up.