Red Wings sign head coach Mike Babcock to four-year contract extension

mikebabcock3.jpgRed Wings head coach Mike Babcock will get to deliver his death stare in Detroit for four more years. The Wings announced they’ve signed Babcock to a four-year contract extension. Babcock has been instrumental to getting Detroit to stay on top of things in the Western Conference and brought Detroit their most recent Stanley Cup championship in 2008.

Helping to make sure that Babcock stays in Detroit is the sweet paycheck owner Mike Ilitch cuts for him each year. Babcock is the league’s highest-paid coaches making nearly $2 million a year. Babcock’s history as a head coach in the NHL has been a very successful one, coaching both the Wings and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to the Stanley Cup finals. He brought the Ducks there in 2003 and Detroit in back-to-back seasons in 2008 and 2009.

Babcock has been instrumental in getting Detroit to be a tough out in the playoffs once again. He took over in 2005-2006 after Dave Lewis caused Detroit fans to pull their hair out with the team’s inability to do much of anything in the playoffs under his leadership. It took Babcock a couple of seasons to make things work out in Detroit, but their patience paid off in 2008.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
Leave a comment

You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?