á Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, as he is wont to do, succinctly summarized why his team had signed Brad May to a contract. ôWe had him for a few exhibition games and no one bothered our guys,ö Babcock said. ôThen we didnÆt have him and people started taking some liberties. ôI donÆt mind it when tough guys are tough guys. But when guys who arenÆt tough start playing tough, that drives me crazy. And weÆd seen enough of that.ö So the Red Wings found May, a 37-year-old notorious tough guy, on the scrap heap a couple weeks ago, gave him a tryout in the preseason, and signed him to a one-year deal the afternoon of the teamÆs home opener Thursday. ôMay provides something that no one else on the team does,ö Babcock continued, ever the pragmatist. ôSo heÆll always have a role.ö Toug ...
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