In Emotional Farewell, Babcock Says He Went Back And Forth A Hundred Times Before Choosing Toronto Over Detroit
“Is it about money? Sure it’s about money,” Babcock continued. “But there was enough money in every place it didn’t have a factor in the decision.”
The Detroit Red Wings are ready to start searching for a new coach — and right now there’s only one clear candidate.
“I’ve got mixed emotions because he is one of the greatest coaches in the league, if not the greatest coach in the league,” said Holland.
“I couldn’t justify going past five years,” Holland said Wednesday.
The search for the next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings will likely not take long, and the team will likely not need to look far.
Speculating on the next Red Wings head coach is a little like speculating on the next Democratic nominee for president.
“The worst day I’ve had in coaching in Detroit, period, in my 10 years here, was yesterday, bar none,” Babcock added.
“When you wake up today, you play the guy and the players that you think give you the best chance to win that night,” Holland said.
“We’re trying to continue to really develop our team going forward so that we don’t have to go into a massive rebuild,” Holland said.
Holland would not confirm the Red Wings had pursued Phaneuf, saying he could not talk about another team’s player.