Quick Hits: The Beginning Of A New Era

Red Wings News

Leafs land Babcock with reported 8-year deal, estimated at $50 million | ProHockeyTalk
In case you have not heard.

Don't worry, Detroit Red Wings are fine without Mike Babcock | Detroit Free Press
I will miss Mike Babcock, I really will. But the Red Wings have a bright future ahead of them. On to a new era.

Jeff Blashill 'wins wherever he goes' and is clearly the best fit as Detroit Red Wings next coach | MLive.com
I fully expect Jeff Blashill to be the next Red Wings' coach, and would be very surprised if it ended up being someone else. That said, I would not rule out Dan Bylsma.

Holland: Wings prepared to move on | The Detroit News
Nothing else to do at this point but focus on the coming offseason.

NHL News

Martin Brodeur named assistant general manager of St. Louis Blues | Puck Daddy
This reminds me a bit of the Yzerman situation after he retired, but with Brodeur heading back to his "home" team in a few seasons, rather than leaving it.

Where does Babcock's game-changing salary rank? | Sportsnet.ca
If Mike Babcock were a player he would have the 45th highest cap hit in the league.

Top 10 coaches by points percentage: Where does Mike Babcock sit? | The Hockey News
Mike Babcock is #9 on this list, Todd McLellan #7, Scotty Bowman #4, and Tom Johnson of the Boston Bruins #1.

Reports: Sabres thought they had a deal with Babcock, aren’t happy | ProHockeyTalk
The Sabres were "livid" according to Tim Graham.

Flyers add to crowded blueline, sign veteran KHLer Medvedev (Update: one year, $3M) | ProHockeyTalk
In some non-coaching news.

Blackhawks vs. Ducks 2015 results: Chicago outlasts Anaheim in 3 OT, 3-2 - SBNation.com
The series is tied 1-1.

Bruins name Don Sweeney general manager | CBSSports.com
Sweeney has been the Bruins assistant GM for the last five seasons.

Blue Jackets tap Nick Foligno as first captain in three years | USA Today
The Blue Jackets have their first captain since trading Rick Nash in 2012.

David Letterman’s Top 5 hockey references in Top 10 lists | Puck Daddy
"For good luck, I lick the puck."

Sens sign G Hammond to three-year deal | TSN
The big question now becomes whether or not the Senators trade Robin Lehner or Craig Anderson.

Toronto CFL player rants about timing of Mike Babcock news | CBSSports.com
Ricky Foley did not seem too pleased.

Blackhawks would-be game-winning headbutt goal doesn’t count - SBNation.com
I wish this would have counted, but according to the rule book, this was a clear no goal.

Let's Go Red Wings!