One thing I noted though is that Mike Babcock finished 10th in Jack Adams voting with one 3rd place vote. Sure, this year wasn't the Wings best and I don't think he deserved to win, but one 3rd place vote? Come on.
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It is fairly commonly agreed that Babcock is one of the best coaches in the league. He's won an Olympic gold medal, a Stanley Cup and Nick Lidstrom's admiration. Yet he's never won a Jack Adams or even been that close.
Now this begs the question, what does he have to do to win this award? Usually it goes to a coach of a team who overachieves. Well Detroit's expectations have been high as hell for, oh, the last twenty years. Should Mike Babcock win if he's the best coach on the best team? I think so, but that's not how it's worked in the past.
This upcoming year, depending on the summer, might be the first time where Detroit isn't at least considered a contender by the media. Of course, if it goes the way as planned and we reload as I hope, this won't be the case. Yet it's a possiblity. So if the Wings end up being a contender despite losing Lidstrom (and I fully expect them to be), will that finally give him a chance to win?
I don't know, but I hope so. Babbles deserves a trophy to go along with that ring and gold medel of his.
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