So easy to go off-topic with Babcock or Holland, as it's hard to discuss one without discussing the other.
That said, I still think Babcock stays another year at least if not more, because I don't think for a second that he's BSing when he says that this is where he wants to be. And sure, he's giving himself enough wiggle room that I wouldn't be shocked if he left, but I really do think he'll stay, at least for now.
I do think at the very least making Holland wait, delaying talk of an extension, and dictating that he wants 1-year deals is definitely somewhat of a power play on Babcock's part, and I don't blame him for it at all. That he got the advice from Bowman is not surprising, and that he'll likely be able to pull it off without a hitch says a great deal about how much sway he does indeed have, because he knows he could get hired by just about any team yesterday, today, or tomorrow should he or the organization cut ties. I'm not saying that Babcock is on Bowman's level historically, but in the context of today's NHL, he easily has more power and leverage to dictate the terms of a deal than any other coach in the league.
And that does make me wonder if he is trying to force Holland's hand a bit more on certain issues. As I've said, I don't think Babcock is simply doing lip service when he says that he and Holland have a good relationship and that he values the fact that they have different opinions, I do think Babcock has grown a bit more tired with the way certain things have gone in terms of the roster, and perhaps he's going to try to scrape up a few more of those "votes" he made reference to each year by maintaining his ability to walk away at the end of any given season. It's pure speculation, but I sure wouldn't blame him if that was part of his game. After all, one difference between him and Scotty was the fact that Bowman was much older and was having his own health exams during each offseason here before he made up his mind to come back; Babcock wouldn't be leaving for retirement so as to maximize his quality of life in later years.
I do think Babs is sick of having to send people down to GR that should be in the NHL, and I think he's more than a bit tired of waiting for a right handed shot or two on D, though the former issue is likely the one where he'd press hardest as it's the easiest to address. If he can in any way buy himself more of a say when it comes to such decisions, he'd be wise to do so.
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