After watching his goodbye to the media, I can say that Babcock is such a great person. Not only was he a great coach for us, for 10 years, but he was simply a good person. Everyone got so worked up about him taking too long, but if you were watching him, you could tell how upset he is to be leaving Detroit. He cared for these players, he acknowledged that players like Nick, Pav and Hank were a huge reason for his success. He talked about how the organization is set up for tons of backup plans, he talked about how he has been spoiled, about how his kids have grown up here and how they are now moving away for school. The guy is just good and any team in the league becomes better if he is the man in charge of the bench.
I have had the benefit of meeting Mike Babcock 3 separate times when the team I coached got to play at Joe Louis. Mike made it a point of his day to always come see the kids before their games (even while he was preparing for the Wings game). He would come in, introduce himself, talk to the kids about hockey, ask them what their favourite team was and so on. Just such a classy guy. Oddly enough, for the kids who said their favourite team was the Leafs, Mike joked around and said he was 'sorry to hear' haha.
I wish he was coming back, but at the same time I embrace change and I look forward to Blash and seeing what he can do to get our team going a step further.