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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
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