The assistant coaches I think, are gone.Our PK and defensive structure have been lackluster so-to-speak. Letting Smith go and bringing in a more creative mind might just be the shakeup this team needs. Although Hiller's work with the PP has been ok, his lack of innovation killed a lot of potential goals from a group of immensely talented players and for that reason, it might be better to change things up there too.
Fortunately for Babcock, he has shown a willingness to work with management. That said, if he plans on remaining coach, he's going to have to iron out some wrinkles. He's going to have to be willing to adapt and adjust his gameplan. He's going to have to stop being so stubborn in his approach. He's going to have to evolve in order to keep up with today's NHL. Should things not work out with Babcock in the long run, Sheldon Keefe is a guy we might want to consider based on his successes with the Marlies. Here's the issue with that though. Despite his successes, he could turn out to be the next Dallas Eakins for all we know, so for Dubas to throw him right into the fire might not be a very wise move.
But, there is one thing we could look at. Appointing Keefe as an assistant. At least Keefe isn't thrown into the position right out of the gate, and at least it puts him into a role where he can test his coaching abilities at an NHL level. Maybe it works out, maybe it doesn't, but having Dubas' voice on the bench could perhaps help to bring some innovation and creativity to Babcock's more stubborn approach.