In Red Wings Land
I don’t really feel like talking about the NHL trade deadline again or reliving the Red Wings 8-1 loss to the Canadiens, so let’s just check out this video and these pictures of Luke Witkowski visiting kids in elementary school.
.@thehollandnativ is at Pierce Elementary in Birmingham with 4th grader Abby, our first winner of @natlconeyisland‘s Take A Red Wing to School contest! pic.twitter.com/CDVOtCoF3c— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 27, 2019
Thanks for bringing us to school today, Abby! #forthekids #LGRW pic.twitter.com/caI8exzQNd— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 27, 2019
4th grader for the day. ✏️— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 27, 2019
Shoutout to Daniel for bringing us along to class at Emerson Elementary! #LGRW pic.twitter.com/EPBAvPn8bV
Also, don’t miss Peter’s latest power play update!
Around the League
Mike Babcock on John Tavares going back to Long Island vs his return to Detroit: “It’s way easier to go back when they fire you.”— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 28, 2019
(He clarified by saying, it's easier when they send you away. Which still wasn't quite the Detroit story.) https://t.co/bfpc8EMEUH— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 28, 2019
I think Mike Babcock misremembers just exactly how things went down. The Wings reportedly offered him a four year deal worth $3.25 million per season. Babcock decided to leave for the Maple Leafs and take their eight year contract worth $6.25 million each season. I don’t blame him for taking the money. That’s a lot to turn down.
Totally spitballing here... maybe he went to the Wings and told them he’d stay if they matched? We don’t know, but that could be a reason why he thinks he was sent away? Maybe the players wanted him gone?