Mike Babcock is done talking to other teams. He’ll speak with Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland one more time on Tuesday and said he likely will make a decision about his future on Wednesday.
“Just going to re-visit everything one more time (with Holland),” Babcock told MLive.com on Monday, a day after he and Holland returned from the World Championships in the Czech Republic. “I’ve talked to all the teams I’m talking to.”
Babcock said he went through this process, which began about 10 days ago when the Red Wings granted his request to speak with other clubs, to see what is out there and what it is the best situation for him.
“I learned a lot. I talked to lots of good people,” Babcock said. “I kept Kenny abreast the whole time. We’ll talk one more time (Tuesday) and then I’ll sit down with my family one more time (Tuesday) night and make a decision.”
Babcock declined to reveal how many teams he spoke with but Buffalo, Toronto, San Jose and St. Louis asked for permission from the Red Wings to talk to him. Interested teams were required to sign a letter of compensation agreeing to give the Red Wings one third-round pick in any one of the next three entry drafts if they hire Babcock.
The HockeyFanLand Insight:
It sounds like the Edmonton Oilers have selected their new head coach. In a press conference slated for early this afternoon, it is expected they will name Todd McLellan the new bench boss. McLellan worked under Babcock when he first entered the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings as an assistant coach. I am happy to have an experienced guy on board for once but still has a lot to offer to the position. In terms of Babcock himself. I think he is likely to stay in Detroit. However, Buffalo has made a huge pitch. So the hockey world will have to wait and see….