Saturday, July 09, 2005

He got his ducks in a row and took off`

Meet the new boss, not the same as the old boss! Mike Babcock officially told Brian Burke that he could take his one year contract and ............................. offer it to somebody else. After two years in the Duck Pond, Babcock is off to swim in search of other frozen waters and the migration may take him to shores of the St. Clair river.

While Brian Burke was offering up a less than warm endorsement of Babcock's coaching skills with his one year offer, the Red Wings were making plans to replace Dave Lewis behind the Detroit bench and all the signs point to Babcock being a better fit with the Wings.

No official word has been issued from Hockeytown USA, but many suspect it's only a matter of a couple of days before Babcock is introduced to the Detroit media.

Burke expressed surprise at the topic of Babcock going to the Wings, Burke claiming that the Red Wings had not contacted him regarding his former coach and would consider it a breach of etiquette had they contacted Babcock without sharing the details with him. Big Brian who is back in the saddle after a year of hibernation in North Vancouver, seems to have forgotten that it's a dog eat dog world in the land of the NHL GM, breaches of etiquette may be the least of his worries as the new and improved? NHL gets back on it's skates.

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