Is Firing Mike Babcock an Option for the Detroit Red Wings?

December 5th, 2009 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
I can think of few jobs in the world that are truly, undeniably, unequivocally safe.

At even the highest levels of power, one's position is seldom immune from removal or termination.

World history and the recent economic crisis has show us that, be you a king or a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, if you screw up bad enough, you may literally or figuratively lose your head.

Coaching changes in the NHL have become anything but rare.

In fact, they've become a popular last ditch panacea for curing the ills of a team.

Over the past 10 years, no team has been more successful than the Detroit Red Wings and no coach more capable of taking his team to a championship than Mike Babcock.

As we begin to close the book on that decade, it looks as if these twin stories of unbridled excellence may too, be coming to an end.

The Red Wings have not missed the playoffs in 18 years.

If they continue at their current pace, they'll finish somewhere between ninth and 12th in the West.

Since coming to Detroit, Mike Babcock has never finished with less than 50 wins.

This season, cracking the ...

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