In Detroit’s uncertainty about Mike Babcock’s decision to stay or leave as coach of the Red Wings, one man had something to say about it. CBC’s Coaches Corner co-host Don Cherry made his opinion loud and clear that Coach Babcock should “stay put”.
Cherry, 81, made his move to speak up after speaking on Twitter about a time long ago when he was the most valuable coach to make any NHL team better. Cherry coached the Boston Bruins from 1974-1979 where he led the team to two Stanley Cup Finals losing to the Canadiens each time.
After his stint in Boston, Cherry was offered a head coaching position with Colorado (before the Avs). “I was promised to be the highest paid coach,” Cherry said. “I could have gone to three contending teams. But I thought It would be great fun to go to a team out of the playoffs and the GM and I could turn it into a playoff team.” Cherry was let go after a year where he then became the most popular five minutes in the NHL broadcasting community.
“My guess is you’ll stay in Detroit,” Cherry tweeted. The Red Wings have a near perfect team with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk as their top two players leading a team of young players that have been under the tutelage of Babcock for the last two seasons. With another year of playing hockey, Detroit will be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
“Take it from a guy who has been there Mike,” Cherry said. “Don’t take the money and run. Stay where you are. Believe me, the grass is not greener.”