Will Mike Babcock Find Greener Pastures Than the Detroit Red Wings?

May 8th, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

Mike Babcock doesn’t know how good he has it in Detroit.

That’s a literal statement, not a sarcastic one. Babcock has coached the Red Wings since 2005, and owner Mike Ilitch and general manager Ken Holland are all he knows about the inner workings of an NHL team's current front office. He coached in Anaheim from 2002-04, but that's not very helpful in 2015.

Babcock truly doesn’t know how good he has it in Detroit.

He’s going to find out. 

On Friday, the Red Wings granted permission for teams to speak with Babcock about their potential coaching openings, according Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. There are four teams with vacancies (Buffalo, Philadelphia, San Jose, Toronto) and a fifth one in Edmonton with an interim coach who will be placed in a rocket and fired to the moon if Babcock wants to ply his trade in Alberta next season.

"People can read it into it what they want," Babcock said. "There is no decision made at all. We really like it here. My family loves Detroit. It's way easier for my family to stay here, 100 ...

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