Mike Babcock is Not on the Pittsburgh Penguins Radar: 5 Other Possible Destinations

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Apr 9, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Boston Bruins left wing

Loui Eriksson

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Ryan Spooner

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Patrice Bergeron

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David Krejci

(46) skate off the ice after a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins

The Bruins, similar to the San Jose Sharks, are a team that could be a contender again with very little work.  Having missed the playoffs this season and struggling the way they did, changes were needed.  Mike Babcock could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

One large strength of Babcock’s is his player usage.  He puts guys in a position to succeed.  Consider his usage of a defensive forward like Pavel Datsyuk, and you can see the type of impact he could have on a team with Patrice Bergeron.  In their current state, the Bruins are possibly the best-built team for Mike Babcock’s coaching style and systems.

During Detroit’s dominating seasons and cup runs, he built around a veteran defenseman with immense leadership abilities, a defensive forward in the aforementioned Datsyuk, and a playmaker in Henrik Zetterberg.  With Zdeno Chara, Bergeron, and David Krejci, Boston may be a perfect fit.