Compare the teams that Scotty had to the teams that Babs had and this is mighty impressive.
Babs also did it in less time with less games played (lockout).
Sure he makes some questionable decisions at times, but seeing as how he's been so dominant I'm willing to (mostly) overlook them.
We've got a great coach who I'd like to see stay as long as he wants and be able to walk away on his own terms. The guys deserves that much at the very least.
Edit: you beat me to it
Not to take anything away from Babcock who has been a fantastic coach but I don't think his win total is more impressive than Bowmans.
He definitely did it with less talent than Scotty, and in 5 fewer games (same amount of time though 9 years) but he had the advantage of the shootout.
Bowman's NHL had ties to contend with for all his tenure as Wings coach. Using his win % over his time here he'd have another 52 wins with shootouts.
Either way though I think Babcock passes even that number next season or the one after that and I wouldn't be opposed to extending him for another couple years. Something I didn't think I'd be saying last season.
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