With the spate of Free Agents seemingly passing us by/the perceived inactivity by Holland RE: preparing for Lidstrom's departure, does anyone see Babcock walking? I doubt he does as he's been a big part of shaping this team and working with them to create pretty much HIS system here. But he's got to be pissed now. As far as I know from mainly rumour surrounding forums such as this one, he doesn't like it much when he says he needs a piece or two and the management say we're all good so can you see this, or another such situation soon, as being the final push towards the door?
He is probably the premier head coach in the league and could walk into any other team, so maybe he does soon?
Just what I happened to think of when I heard the Weber news, because if I'm pissed that we've once again missed out on a guy that was supposed to be at the top of our list, imagine how he feels having to coach...
Why would Babcock leave? Holland has given him or attempted to give him every single thing he asked for this offseason.
He wanted right handed shots, - he got 3 of them.
He wanted depth for the bottom 6 - he has depth in abundance.
he wanted to get bigger and faster. He got slightly bigger, but a ton faster
The only other thing he said they need was a winger for Pav, and the Wings are still waiting on both Doan and Semin.
Holland also attempted trades for Rick Nash (a favorite of Babcock's), and #1 defenceman in Yandle and Weber.
Babcock isn't some overreactive fan, he likely recognizes that you can't make everyone come to Detroit, or force teams to trade with you. I bet he's overly pleased with the effort Holland has put in to try and give him what he wants.