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McCarty says Wings won 08 Cup 'in spite of' Babcock; blames him for losing the next year

7 décembre 2019
Former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty is echoing the sentiments of many others who played under Mike Babcock. He says the players in the dressing room played for each other, not for Babcock. He says Detroit won the Stanley Cup in 2008 in spite of him and lost the next year because of him.

"That's the key. In spite of him, right? In spite of him," McCarty told the Detroit Free Press in a recent interview. "And I learned that more getting into '09 because we won in '08 in spite of him and lost in '09 because of him. That’s exactly the thing because he misused (Pavel) Datsyuk, (Henrik) Zetterberg and just because he's stubborn and that was his way."


McCarty made it clear that Babcock's problem isn't his coaching ability, it's his treatment of the players.

"Preparation, Xs and Os, practice, just like the guys say, there's nobody better," McCarty said. "It's unbelievable. But then the ego and the disrespect for people. ... It doesn't matter who you are. It's a personal thing. So it could be the one who changes the garbage and he doesn't change it properly or whatever. … So all that stuff that happened with (Johan Franzen), it doesn't surprise me because I could see how he was as a person."

Franzen recently called Babcock the worst human being he ever met. While still recovering from a concussion, Franzen went through a nervous breakdown because of the way he was treated by Babcock. McCarty feels Babcock's actions should have been made public long before after he was recently fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"I can see how it got here because it was never handled," McCarty said. "And that's the sport."

At this point, if you're interested in NHL hockey at all, there's likely no need for a recap of the recent allegations against Babcock. They are numerous, and some of them quite surprising. Everything from the mistreatment of several players, constant verbal tirades and stories of manipulating and shaming rookies.

Source: Detroit Free Press
FEBRUARY 16, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
SEBASTIAN AHO
2 1 3
PATRIC HORNQVIST
2 1 3
LEON DRAISAITL
1 2 3
BRADY TKACHUK
1 2 3
JOSH ARCHIBALD
2 - 2
ADAM HENRIQUE
2 - 2
JOEY ANDERSON
1 1 2
MASON APPLETON
1 1 2
NATHAN BEAULIEU
1 1 2
SIDNEY CROSBY
1 1 2
DEREK GRANT
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
1 1 2
JOHAN LARSSON
1 1 2
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1 1 2
KYLE PALMIERI
1 1 2
MIRO HEISKANEN
- 2 2
DMITRY KULIKOV
- 2 2
COLIN MILLER
- 2 2
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
- 2 2
KEVIN ROONEY
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
59 95
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 82
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
NATHAN MACKINNON
57 80
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 78
BRAD MARCHAND
60 75
JACK EICHEL
58 74
PATRICK KANE
59 74
NIKITA KUCHEROV
57 72
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 71
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 42
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 42
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
57 40
LEON DRAISAITL
59 34
JACK EICHEL
58 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
59 61
JOHN CARLSON
58 54
BRAD MARCHAND
60 52
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 49
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
58 69
ROMAN JOSI
58 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
57 49
ALEX PIETRANGELO
59 47
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
CALE MAKAR
49 42
VICTOR OLOFSSON
44 38
NICK SUZUKI
61 38
DOMINIK KUBALIK
57 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
44 32
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 25
JORDAN BINNINGTON
42 24
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
44 24
CAREY PRICE
50 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
28 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
42 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 4
JAMES REIMER
24 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
27 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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