Babcock says goodbye to Detroit in style

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Red Wings fans may feel jilted now that Mike Babcock chased the challenge and cash in Toronto, yet they’d be hard-pressed to deny that the scowling head coach accomplished a lot in the decade he spent in Detroit.

Babcock didn’t forget the fans, either, as he took out this full-page ad to say thank you … and goodbye.

The text reads:

Detroit Red Wings Fans,

Thank you for an amazing 10 years!

We’ll never forget the support you’ve provided us and will always cherish the memories we’ve shared together in Hockeytown.

– The Babcocks.

Nice.

Sarcasm is basically inevitable on social media, so of course there’s been a quip here and there, especially regarding Babcock’s big-money contract.

That’s a pretty good way of looking at it.

To some, it’s still a little bewildering to imagine someone else behind Detroit’s bench, but this another (classy) reminder that it’s all real.

OK, it’s still a little stunning: