Author: Joe Yerdon

Mike Babcock

Babcock’s theory for home team’s poor record in Winter Classic? Parties


Teams that host the Winter Classic are 1-3-1 and entering the sixth installment of the New Year’s Day event, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has an idea as to what might be holding the home teams down as he told the media this afternoon:

Partying with the family.

“Well let’s just go with what’s going to happen at my house,” Babcock said. “My wife’s maiden name is Dunham and my kids say, ‘No one parties like a Dunham.’ So you can just imagine at my house tonight. That’s why a couple blocks down the road I got myself a hotel room. Because when 11 comes, they’re not going to care that the Winter Classic is tomorrow, they’re still going to be on time.

“So the home team has won one game. We went through this with our players. They know there’s an opportunity in our schedule for you to have a heck of a New Year’s Eve party on New Year’s Day. Make a decision, but if you’re counting on your family to do it for you, I don’t like your chances. That’s my theory.”

So basically, if you don’t want to wind up in Babcock’s doghouse, you’d better not show up bleary-eyed to Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day. Also, if you really want to have a great party you have to hang out with the coach’s better half. Good to know.

Here’s video of the full presser from this afternoon:

Blue Jackets sign ’13 first-round pick Rychel


The Columbus Blue Jackets are making sure to take care of business with their recent draft picks.

The team announced they’ve signed 2013 first-round pick Kerby Rychel to his three-year entry-level contract.

Rychel was one of three first-round picks by the Blue Jackets in the 2013 draft. Forwards Alexander Wennberg (14th overall) and Marko Dano (27th overall) were the other two.

This season in the OHL with the Windsor Spitfires and Guelph Storm, the 6’1″ 205-pound winger¬†has a total of 17 goals and 28 assists in 30 combined games.

Red Wings recall Glendening, send down Jurco

Luke Glendening

Red Wings forward Luke Glendening might get to double down on playing outdoors in Michigan.

The team recalled Glendening from AHL Grand Rapids and sent down forward Tomas Jurco to make room for him.

Glendening played and had two goals in Monday night’s AHL Hockeytown Winter Festival in which the Toronto Marlies beat Grand Rapids 4-3 in a shootout. Now he’ll be set to potentially play in the 2014 Winter Classic on January 1.

Glendening has already had a turn with the Red Wings this season playing 16 games and earning one assist. Jurco had two goals and one assist in seven games with Detroit.