Sorry Kip but I said that he's the best and in my opinion it's the case. He's the winner and he has won on all possible levels. There will be 29 other teams interested in him this summer. He has done great job considering that our star players are aging and injured most of the time. Beside of Dats, Zetterberg and Kronwall... Who do we have? Nyquist, Tatar, She, Jurco, Pulks will need time to develop but all those players are similar... They will need to add some size and toughness and a true Defensive Defensemen... Not Errorson/Quincey type of player.
Babs has won on every level. Only guy that comes in my mind as replacement is Tippet. Blashill is a good AHL but that doesn't mean that we will win with him... Again, there is a Boucher who was highly regarded and he lost his job to a layer...
2011 - 2nd round loss to San Jose
2012 - 1st round loss to Nashville
2013 - 2nd round loss to Chi
2014 - 1st round loss to Bos
Babs is a good coach but he is not anywhere near the best coach 'period'. Sutter and Quennville might be the best coaches in the last 5 years. Yes, I know there will be teams lining up for him but personally, I think Babs is overrated. He is good but certainly not the best. When was the last time he won a Cup?
Why throw $5m/yr to have him take you to round 1 or 2 ... plenty of coaches can do that for you. Bylsma got fired for that.
Quennville is coaching a young loaded team with Toews, Kane, Seabrook, Keith... Then you have Saad, Sharp, Hossa... and Bowman isn't afraid of making some trades. Imagine Dats, Zetterberg 6-7 years younger. Babs is coaching a small/weak group of players. Season is 82 games long and we need some beef and less fashion models.