Right, but all that proves is that Babcock is better than Lewis. I wouldn't argue that. I'm just saying he's done a good amount of winning with a freakishly talented lineup. Show me a guy that wins almost as much, with FAR less talented lineups and I'll show you a better coach. Babs is good, Tippett is better.
He has won at every level he's coached. This isn't some guy who was an average junior or minor league coach or spent 15 years as an assistant somewhere and got a job because the team's he was an assistant on were winning. I think the real issue here is that he's been in Detroit for 9 years. Babcock has said it himself, after awhile the coach starts sounding like Charlie Brown's teacher. Wah wah, wah waaah wah wah. Trotz is the only coach who has been with their team longer, and with all the turnover the Preds have had, the players don't get time to tune him out. the next longest is Julien, who started in Boston 2 years after Babcock was hired.