Thursday, December 11, 2014

Report: Babcock Deal With Wings Likely to Happen Soon (Update: Babcock Denies)

Bob Duff of the Windsor Star is reporting that Mike Babcock is staying put in Detroit, and likely could ink a multi-year deal with the Red Wings by Christmas.

Here's what Duff had to say:

"Soon, he will be the NHL’s highest-paid coach. And he will continue to earn that pay behind the Wings’ bench. Expect a new contract between the Wings and Babcock to be announced sooner rather than later.... According to multiple NHL sources familiar with the negotiations, the announcement could be imminent, perhaps even a holiday gift for the man who’s guided Canada to the last two Olympic gold medals."

Babcock is in his tenth year behind the Red Wings bench, but when he didn't get a contract done prior to the start of 2014-2015, speculation became rampant that he might be headed for another city.

Babcock has guided the Wings to a Stanley Cup and another final, and they have not missed the playoffs during his tenure.

Update: According to the Hockey News, Mike Babcock denies Duff's report.

Here's part of TSN's report:

“Guys, that’s like a fantasy world or something like that,” Babcock told reporters after practice on Thursday. “Ken Holland and I talked before the year. We agreed we wouldn’t do this during the year. Our team is doing good, our team is playing good. I like the way we’re playing. We don’t need any distractions.”

Okay then, right back where we started...