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07:24 AM ET 05.21 | Even getting Detroit to the playoffs this season, the first in the post-Lidstrom era, was a bit of a high-wire act for Mike Babcock, but he's had a knack for pulling the most out of his teams. [After being threatened with a benching, Brendan Smith] improved markedly that night, and the Wings bounced back with a 3-2 victory, and that's more than just a funny story about Babs. That's a window into one of the best coaches in the NHL, if not the best, and one of the best coaching jobs of his career, if not the best. ... He won the Cup with the Wings and came within a game of winning another. He won the Olympic gold medal with Team Canada. But he has faced a different challenge with the Wings this season.

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May 21, 2013  08:24 AM ET

He's thoroughly outcoached two of the Jack Adams finalists in consecutive playoff series, yet he's not a finalist himself.

May 21, 2013  08:24 AM ET

As long as you have a team that still has Zetterberg and Datsyuk you'll be OK as a coach.

May 21, 2013  08:28 AM ET

Detriot looks so fast out there the past two games. Chicago is skating on quicksand it seems. Still ain't over yet but this is shaping up to be an awesome series.

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May 21, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If Paul Maclean doesn't win the award for what he did in Ottawa they should just stop giving it out.

You got that right!

May 21, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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If Paul Maclean doesn't win the award for what he did in Ottawa they should just stop giving it out.

I think they should nominate coaches who actually deserve the award, not the ones who had the best regular season records.

May 21, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Detriot looks so fast out there the past two games. Chicago is skating on quicksand it seems. Still ain't over yet but this is shaping up to be an awesome series.

Thought they were pretty even in the 1st period... then it just seemed like the Wings took it up a notch and the Hawks didn't respond to it.

As far as Babcock... RP-29 hit it on the head.

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May 21, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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Then that has to be Maclean. He didn't lead Ottawa to the best record, but they did have a terrific season despite losing their star players for most of the year.

I agree. In fact, last week before the finalists were announced I labeled MacLean and Babcock as the top two should-be finalists and briefly discussed this topic in one of these FN threads.

May 21, 2013  09:03 AM ET



GO WINGS GO

May 21, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Detriot looks so fast out there the past two games. Chicago is skating on quicksand it seems. Still ain't over yet but this is shaping up to be an awesome series.

If I was Chicago, I'd be more than a little worried

May 21, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's an award for regular season accomplishment, the playoffs have no (or aren't supposed to) bearing on it.

How much adversity did Babcock's team have to overcome?

- He lost one of the greatest defensemen in NHL history to retirement (and the team captain) and another solid defenseman in Stuart to free agency.
- His team endured the 3rd-most man games lost to injury in the league. The two teams who had more (Philly and Florida) folded early.
- Six rookies played significant time during the season (Brunner, Nyquist, Andersson, Smith, Lashoff, DeKeyser) and several others filled-in from Grand Rapids during the early-season injury plague.

... and he found a way to get his team into the playoffs.

May 21, 2013  09:32 AM ET

This is turnung into a great series. Good hockey!

May 21, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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How much adversity did Babcock's team have to overcome?- He lost one of the greatest defensemen in NHL history to retirement (and the team captain) and another solid defenseman in Stuart to free agency.- His team endured the 3rd-most man games lost to injury in the league. The two teams who had more (Philly and Florida) folded early.- Six rookies played significant time during the season (Brunner, Nyquist, Andersson, Smith, Lashoff, DeKeyser) and several others filled-in from Grand Rapids during the early-season injury plague.... and he found a way to get his team into the playoffs.

THIS!!!

I still agree that MacLean should get the award for what he did with the Sens though.

May 21, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Just adding as well that it was a bush league no class move by Quenneville to put Shaw and Bickell out there at the end of the game.

May 21, 2013  09:38 AM ET

How about coach of the decade?

May 21, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

How much adversity did Babcock's team have to overcome?- He lost one of the greatest defensemen in NHL history to retirement (and the team captain) and another solid defenseman in Stuart to free agency.- His team endured the 3rd-most man games lost to injury in the league. The two teams who had more (Philly and Florida) folded early.- Six rookies played significant time during the season (Brunner, Nyquist, Andersson, Smith, Lashoff, DeKeyser) and several others filled-in from Grand Rapids during the early-season injury plague.... and he found a way to get his team into the playoffs.

I knew there was a reason the Flyers didn't do well this year! :))

May 21, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Just adding as well that it was a bush league no class move by Quenneville to put Shaw and Bickell out there at the end of the game.

Michel Therrien School of Coaching?

 
May 21, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Just adding as well that it was a bush league no class move by Quenneville to put Shaw and Bickell out there at the end of the game.

He's certainly not going to be putting Toews, Hossa or Kane out there with the game in hand.

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