Detroit Red Wings Playoff Fate, Babcock Contract Fate and more…


Detroit Jock City Morning Drive:

Detroit Red Wings Fate Edition

Now that the NHL season is underway and writers have had a chance to see how their teams look on the ice, the fate of each team (and their staff) is coming into focus.  The question for the Detroit Red Wings is whether or not they will make the playoffs.  The beat writers at MLive read  the tea leaves and predicted the Red Wings playoff fate.

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Another fateful topic to start the season is the state of Mike Babcock’s contract.  Babcock is in the last year of his deal making it quite likely that 2014 will be his last as the Detroit Red Wings bench boss.

The Detroit Jock City morning drive brings you all these links and more in Wednesday’s Detroit Red Wings links: fate edition.

From MLive: Beat Writers Agree On Detroit Red Wings Playoff Fate

"Red Wings writers Ansar Khan and Brendan Savage offer their predictions for how the Red Wings will fare in the regular season, what their playoff fate will be and who will win the Stanley Cup next June."

From USA Today: Mike Babcock Deal Anything But Done

"Coaching is a bottom-line profession. Performance reviews come in the form of win-loss records in the final standings.A coach must continue to win in the regular season and sometimes the playoffs to have any measure of job security. Unemployed Dan Bylsma, who has a Stanley Cup championship ring in his possession, can testify that’s how the system works. Coaches win and they get a contract extension. Coaches lose and they get fired. Everyone who accepts an NHL coaching job knows how it works."

From MLive: Desparate Bruins Invade Detroit For Second time

"The best team in the NHL during the 2013-14 regular season might be the most desperate team in the league one week into 2014-15. The Boston Bruins (1-3-0) have lost three in a row and have scored only four goals in four games. They’ll try to right the ship Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings, in their second trip to Joe Louis Arena in six days (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network)."

From Winging It In Motown: Detroit Red Wings Week Ahead

"This week, though, is huge to determine early season Atlantic positioning for playoff spots later in the season. Heavier emphasis on division matchups directly impacts playoff chances, so getting points out of this week’s games will go a long way toward helping the Red Wings clinch a spot before the last week of the season."