Babcock's hiring isn't the same thing as Blashill's. Using the "well Babcock was only in the minors for two years and ended up being successful" argument doesn't work for our situation. The Red Wings hired him AFTER he proved himself at the NHL level with Anaheim. He wasn't a gamble for us when we brought him in, he was an upgrade from Lewis. Ah, yes Dave Lewis, former assistant and a head coaching failure. Before that it was Bownman. A proven head coach. That's nearly 25 years of Red Wings history for you.
In short; in about 25 years the Red Wings have hired 4 coaches. Scotty Bowman who was a proven coach and led us to success. Mike Babcock who took his Anaheim Mighty Ducks to the Stanley cup finals shortly before coming here. And then two other coaches. Dave Lewis who was pretty bad in the playoffs and now Jeff Blashill a man with zero NHL coaching experience. Blashill is the biggest gamble we have seen in 25 years. Lewis, Babcock, and Bowman were not. These are facts. Do I hope the gamble works out for us? Yeah. Still a gamble though. Something we haven't seen in 25 years in this organization.
The only reason why hiring Blash is a gamble compared to hiring Bowman and Babcock is because hiring Bowman and Babcock were 100% not gambles.
Hiring anybody not Mike Babcock going into next season would have been some sort of a gamble.
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