Detroit Red Wings Make Right Decision in Allowing Mike Babcock to Explore Market

May 8th, 2015 by Isaac Smith Leave a reply »

TSN's Bob McKenzie has reported that the Detroit Red Wings will permit other teams to talk with pending-free-agent coach Mike Babcock until "late May."

While this may seem as though Detroit is giving up on the Babcock sweepstakes for next season, this is not the case. Ken Holland pointed out his belief that Babcock's best interest is Detroit's best interest as well.

This is because the Red Wings actually need to figure out who will be coaching the team next season sooner rather than later.

Teams in the market for a new head coach could include more than just the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers.

While Babcock would be the hottest commodity on the free-agent market this summer (player or otherwise), the Wings made the right move in allowing Babcock to explore the market now, because there aren't many "home runs" in terms of current coaching vacancies. 

None of the above teams seem to be heading in the right direction soon enough for Babcock to continue winning. Back in February, after ...

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