Free agent coach Mike Babcock wasn’t expected to make his decision until the end of May, but he said Friday that he will make a choice regarding his future by next week. Babcock has spent the last 10 seasons as the coach of the Red Wings, leading them to two Stanley Cup finals and one Stanley Cup victory.
Those tiring of the Mike Babcock saga won’t have to wait much longer for the highly-sought after coach to make the decision on where he will be next season.
In an interview with TSN’s Darren Dreger, Babcock, alongside Red Wings GM Ken Holland, sat down to discuss his future with Detroit and if he would be moving on to a new position. When asked about when, ultimately, he would make his decision, Babcock was up front about the supposed May 25 deadline.
“To be honest with you, that date to me is going to be moved up,” Babcock told Dreger. “When I get home from here, sit down… enough time already. Let’s get on with it.”
Babcock added that he figures to have his decision made by May 20.
While he refused to get into specifics aside from admitting that, yes, he did have more than the offer from Detroit, Babcock said the whole process had taught him a lot about different organizations and the league itself. With vacancies in San Jose, Edmonton, Toronto and Buffalo, there’s little doubt that one, if not all, of the clubs with a coaching position open had at least made a call to Babcock about his future.
“To say it’s been fun — (my) head is spinning,” Babcock told Dreger. “When your situation has been as good as it is for me, in Detroit… there’s not a better job. There’s a different job. So, you’ve got to be careful.”
Babcock has been the coach in Detroit for the past ten seasons and is the winningest coach in the history of the team. In his third season patrolling the Red Wings’ bench, Babcock helped lead the Red Wings to a 54-21-7 record in the regular season and a Stanley Cup victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The following year, the Red Wings returned to the final and lost in seven games to the Penguins.
Before coming to the Red Wings, Babcock led the Anaheim Ducks to a Stanley Cup final in his first season as an NHL bench boss.
In 950 games regular season contests, Babcock has a career record of 527-285-19-119. In the post-season, his record is 82-62 with two finals appearances and one Stanley Cup.