11:16 AM EDT, Sun May 24, 2015

Mike Babcock: ‘It’s a career decision’

DETROIT >> In the end it came down to a new opportunity and a new challenge when Mike Babcock made his choice to leave from behind the bench he called home for the last 10 seasons. And it wasn’t an …

Mike Babcock praises Jeff Blashill, his certain successor as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings not expected to make Blashill's hiring official until after Griffins' AHL playoff run.

Desire for different challenge led to Mike Babcock's 'gut-wrenching' decision to leave Red Wings

Babcock said change is exciting, but it's also scary -- especially considering where he is going.

An emotional Mike Babcock thanks Detroit Red Wings during farewell address

Before starting a new chapter in his career as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Babcock reflected on his time in Detroit.
Grand Rapids Press May 22, 2015
Mike Babcock denies using Buffalo Sabres to secure better deal with Toronto Maple Leafs

Mike Babcock denies using Buffalo Sabres to secure better deal with Toronto Maple Leafs

The former Detroit Red Wings coach was believed to be on the verge of signing a contract with the Sabres when he instead signed an eight-year, $50-million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Grand Rapids Press May 21, 2015
Dylan Larkin jumps into mix with Griffins; 'We believe he can help right now'

Dylan Larkin jumps into mix with Griffins; 'We believe he can help right now'

Center will practice with the team in New York on Saturday and make debut Sunday against Utica Comets in Western Conference finals opener.
Grand Rapids Press May 21, 2015
Mike Babcock links: 'Crushing blow' leaves Sabres 'livid' over decision to go to Toronto

Mike Babcock links: 'Crushing blow' leaves Sabres 'livid' over decision to go to Toronto

A TV reporter in Buffalo said sources told him the Sabres offered a deal similar to what Babcock received in Toronto, suggesting that signing with the Maple Leafs wasn't all about big money.

Babcock pledges to build Cup contender in Toronto

DETROIT >> Mike Babcock has never minced words when it comes to his need to win. Now Babcock’s biggest desire will turn into what could be a very long process after he was officially named the next head coach of …
Mike Babcock embraces challenge of making Maple Leafs relevant, grateful for time with Red Wings

Mike Babcock embraces challenge of making Maple Leafs relevant, grateful for time with Red Wings

Babcock said final meeting with Ken Holland was emotional as he was poised to leave the organization after 10 years.
Grand Rapids Press May 21, 2015
Jeff Blashill 'determined' his interest in Red Wings job won't distract playoff run

Jeff Blashill 'determined' his interest in Red Wings job won't distract playoff run

"Ken (Holland) knows me and I know Ken and when we sit down, it will be good to talk. But, right now, my focus is on trying to get this team ready for Utica."
Grand Rapids Press May 21, 2015

Red Wings who played for Jeff Blashill in Grand Rapids speak highly of their former coach

Tomas Tatar, the Red WIngs' leading goal scorer last season, called Blashill "a great coach" and Landon Ferraro credited the Griffins' bench boss with helping him develop into somebody who was a regular in Detroit's playoff lineup this year.

Jeff Blashill 'wins wherever he goes' and is clearly the best fit as Detroit Red Wings next coach

The Red Wings have too much invested in Blashill to just let him walk away to another NHL team.

Red Wings' Ken Holland grateful for team's success under Mike Babcock as organization turns the page

Red Wings weren't prepared to offer Babcock more than five years in term or $4 million in salary.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland: Mike Babcock gave us '10 fabulous years' behind the bench

The Red Wings weren't prepared to commit to Babcock for more than five years or offer the kind of money he is getting from Toronto.
Grand Rapids Press May 20, 2015
Jeff Blashill will remain with Grand Rapids Griffins throughout AHL playoffs

Jeff Blashill will remain with Grand Rapids Griffins throughout AHL playoffs

No matter what happens with the Detroit Red Wings coaching situation following the departure of Mike Babcock, frontrunner Jeff Blashill will stay with the Grand Rapids Griffins for the duration of the playoffs.

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