A worse version of Babcock that can't get an even more talented team than the Wings out of the first round? Hitchcock wears on his players within a couple years everywhere he goes. Blashill already has a relationship with most of the roster in Detroit. I get the inexperience angle, but Hitchcock doesn't make sense to me given the situation here and the Red Wings plans to continue getting younger.
It's a much needed change, after a lot of first round playoff exits and the same formula being implemented year after year, something needs to give. A fresh coach is always a new beginning, new strategies, line combinations, and maybe a bit more logical use with our prospects. It's time to give some of the kids a shot on D all season and working towards our future.
Best wishes to Babcock, and all he did while he was here in Detroit. Toronto is a complete disaster, and I hope he knows what he's getting into there. No sour feelings on my end.
The guy needs to retire. Not because it helps us with the cap, not because he isnt the same player, not because he floats around. He needs to retire because enjoying the next 60 years of his life is more important then a game.
I wish him the best, nobody deserves this. Just sucks.