DETROIT -- Mike Babcock was focused on what was happening on the ice, not the fact this was his first game behind the visiting team's bench at Joe Louis Arena in 11 years.
"I didn't think much about that," he said after watching his former team, the Detroit Red Wings, defeat his new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2 on Friday in a preseason game.
"I was saying tonight when I got here it's been 12 years I guess since I was with another team when you think about the lockout," said Babcock, whose last time behind the visitors bench here was Jan. 3, 2004, during his second and last season as coach of the Anaheim Ducks.
Babcock coached the Red Wings for the past 10 seasons before signing an eight-year contract with the Maple Leafs on May 20.
"I talked to [Red Wings general manager] Kenny Holland before the game; he gets to deal with new people, that's energizing for him. I'm doing a bunch of new stuff that's energizing for me," Babcock said. "And as much as I loved it here, I think for me, in the end, it was probably time to go, and I think they're in a great situation."