Mike Babcock is gone in Columbus. But there could be more fallout from the Babcock messiness still to come.
Captain Boone Jenner and veteran Johnny Gaudreau stood up for Babcock before the investigation into Babcock for looking at players’ cell phones began. Babcock eventually resigned. How will the Jenner support play in the Blue Jackets’ dressing room? Plus, Columbus ownership has to be questioning the original decision to hire Babcock.
Clearly, the Blue Jackets are embarrassed by the situation as they head into training camp. Also, new coach Pascal Vincent has work to do to make sure there are no lingering issues in the dressing room.
Elliotte Friedman addresses all of those issues in his 32 Thoughts column this week.
Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings’ first preseason game is Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m.).
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Former Red Wings player Henry Boucha dies at 72.
- Bob Duff discusses which Atlantic Division teams the Red Wings could beat to secure a playoff spot (+). This story is behind the paywall.
- The Red Wings have invited Artem Anisimov and Michael Hutchinson to training camp on a PTO.
- Where the Detroit prospects like Elmer Soderblom and Marco Kasper stand after the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City.
Hockey Now Network
Chicago: Nate Brown weighs in on the Chicago Blackhawks’ decision not to have a captain.
Colorado: Avalanche prospects go undefeated in rookie tournament. Colorado Avalanche.
Florida: Colby Guy offers four burning questions heading into the Florida Panthers training camp.
Montreal: The Montreal Canadiens acquired Tanner Pearson from the Vancouver Canucks. Are the Canadiens finally done dealing?
Nashville: DUI charges have been dropped against Nashville Predators coach Andrew Brunette.
Philadelphia: Sylvain Couturier and Cam Atkinson are healthy heading into the Philadelphia Flyers training camp.
Pittsburgh: Dave Molinari writes about why the Pittsburgh Penguins could fizzle, rather than sizzle.
Vegas: What’s more likely: Jack Eichel registering 75 points or 90 points? Chris Gawlik looks at a variety of different scenarios that will impact the Vegas Golden Knights this season.