Quote of the day II … Wings coach Mike Babcock

DETROIT >> Wings coach Mike Babcock’s response when asked if pride just kicks in eventually for the Buffalo Sabres and that’s why they’re nine points out of the final playoff spot heading into play Tuesday.

“For sure and the other thing that kicks in for them is every time you get on the ice, not only are you showcasing yourself for your coach and your team, but you’re showcasing yourself for the other 29 teams,” Babcock said. “That’s just the reality. And what you have as a player is it’s all about the team, but you’ve got to do your part to help the team.

“Your brand is your name,” Babcock continued. “So if you do good things every single day around the rink, no matter whether your team wins or loses, somebody out there wants you. Your ideal is to play with one team as long as you can, but if you’re to play in the league, you move and you play in the league.”

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