LOUIE LOVEFEST ENDS
Here is what you should know about former Red Wings Coach Dave Lewis.
He is a great guy. In fact, he is a hell of a guy. He can explain the game like no other and is extremely patient with the media.
They could even do a program called "Everybody Loves Louie". Maybe they loved him too much down at Joe Louis Arena.
Wings players always complained during the playoffs that they needed more fight. They needed more hunger and desire. It is odd to hear those kinds of statements during the playoffs, which is the only thing the Wings play for.
And in a dirty what have you done for me business Lewis was 1-2 in the playoffs despite coaching the most talented team in the league. That would be fine if he were coaching the Lions or Tigers, two organizations desperate for any type of post season party.
That is not acceptable in Hockeytown.
Despite all of this Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland admitted he almost kept Lewis because of the admiration for the man in the organization. However, he made the right move Friday by firing Lewis.
Let's applaude Holland for remaining aggressive. The playing field is about to be evened in the NHL because teams will now have salary caps. That means the Red Wings won't be able to pluck any player they want. There will be restrictions.
The move may have already worked. Red Wings players were "stunned" by the move.
The Wings needed a little shock and awe. They need more motivation. They need to hear a different voice.
Mike Babcock who is expected to be hired by the Wings will be that man.
I know you have also heard that Babcock is a grimy, clutch and grab type of guy. My people are telling me the Wings will remain a solid defensive team, but they will also show case their skills. Babcock was forced to coach nasty hockey because he lacked the weapons to do otherwise. And though the Wings will lose a number of solid players after the new Collective Bargaining agreement is signed, they should remain an elite team.
They simply need to hear a new voice to win another Stanley Cup.