Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has mentioned that he wants an extension done by fall, as he refuses to talk about his contract during the season.
Babcock wants to stay with the franchise. There is no doubt about that. However it makes sense that when the season is in full progress, there is no time to focus on anything but the game. If nothing has been signed by fall, he’ll wait until spring to continue the conversation.
The 2014-15 season will be Babcock’s tenth year behind the bench in Detroit; making him one of the longest tenured coaches behind one bench in the league. Concentrating on the game is wise. If Babcock can manage to take the Red Wings to the playoffs yet again this coming season, it will be the 24th straight playoff appearance for the franchise.
General manager Ken Holland has stated that the two have talked briefly in regards to the extension and Babcock is aware that the team would like him to remain where he is. Holland also mentioned that he plans to sit down with Babcock during training camp in September when both will be located in Traverse City and their full mindset will be on hockey.
For the Red Wings franchise, it would be wise to cement the deal prior to the start of the season.
Babcock is one of the best coaches in the league and there is no doubt that he will be scooped up quickly if he cannot come to an agreement to remain in Detroit.