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View from the bench

Posted on: May 28, 2009 1:40 am

Part of being a gracious winner is finding nice things to say about an opponent you've vanquished, so it wasn't surprising that Red Wings coach had several plaudits for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Babcock said he was particularly impressed with the pieces in place for Chicago, saying the organization has made great strides in a short time and has a nice blend of skill and grit. Babcock called Patrick Kane a great players and described defensemen Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith as a matchup pair as good as any in the league. But the Red Wings coach saved his highest praise for Blackhawks young captain Jonathan Toews, suggesting he is the kind of player that franchises are built around.

"He's a will machine, he just keeps coming and coming," Babcock said.

Babcock said the Blackhawks have a chance to become an elite team, but cautioned that their success in the future will be determined by how well they manage the salary cap when the star players start getting into their peak earning years.

"I don't think they've got tough decisions next year, it's the year after that," he said. "That's going to start getting ugly for them."

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