Babcock decision looms: ‘I’ve talked to all the teams I’m talking to’

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Plenty of teams have been said to show some interest in Mike Babcock, even if it sounds like it may come down to the Buffalo Sabres or Detroit Red Wings. Whatever the case may be, it sounds like #BabWatch won’t last a whole lot longer.

If nothing else, the lauded head coach told MLive.com that he’s close to making a decision, and his interviewing process is finished.

“Just going to re-visit everything one more time (with Red Wings GM Ken Holland),” Babcock said on Monday. “I’ve talked to all the teams I’m talking to.”

He noted that he expects to sit down with his family tonight and that he’ll probably announce his choice on Wednesday. Of course, with the nature of hockey news and these sensitive choices, it’s possible something will come up sooner (or perhaps even later).

Let’s hope for the former, because the scuttlebutt can get wild in times like these. Also, this Photoshop might be seared into a brain or two:

Suitors keep calling for Babcock (Update)

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The latest in the Mike Babcock coaching sweepstakes has the 52-year-old meeting with Red Wings GM Ken Holland on Monday. (Note: see the end of this post for a growing list of Babcock suitors …)

According to hockey insider Darren Dreger, Babcock and Holland flew home from the Czech Republic, where they were watching the World Hockey Championship, on Sunday.

Babcock and Holland were to discuss the coach’s future during the flight before meeting again tomorrow.

Dreger reports a decision on Babcock’s coaching future is expected midweek.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres are reportedly the only two teams, which filed paper work for permission to speak with Babcock.

Update: Apparently the San Jose Sharks will be in the running, too. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the Sharks are scheduled to speak with Babcock sometime this week. The clock appears to be ticking, too:

The Sharks aren’t shy about hiring from Detroit, as Todd McLellan was once a Babcock assistant.

Interesting side note: Babcock may have initiated this meeting.

Second update: Maybe throw the St. Louis Blues’ name in the hat, too?

What about Ken Hitchcock? It sounds like the Blues are evaluating whether to stick with him or not.

(Related) Report: Sharks want a second interview with DeBoer

Report: Sharks want a second interview with DeBoer

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While the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings appear front-runners in the Mike Babcock sweepstakes, the San Jose Sharks are interested in Pete DeBoer.

According to hockey insider Darren Dreger, the Sharks are hoping to give DeBoer a second interview.

The 46-year-old is also believed to be on the Edmonton Oilers radar.

DeBoer coached the New Jersey Devils to a 12-17-7 record before being fired in December. He is currently an assistant on former Sharks’ coach Todd McLellan’s staff with Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship.

Dreger reports that Dan Bylsma, Randy Carlyle and Dave Lowry are also in the mix for the San Jose vacancy.

Report: Leafs to speak with OHL coach Sheldon Keefe

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly just one of two teams, which filed paper work to interview Mike Babcock for their coaching vacancy.

They may also have a name in mind to potentially join Babcock behind the bench.

According to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox, the Leafs are expected to approach Sheldon Keefe for a coaching role with either the Leafs or their American Hockey League affiliate.

Keefe, who coached the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to a league-best 54-12-2 this season, has ties to Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas.

Dubas hired Keefe to coach the Greyhounds when he was named the team’s GM in 2012.

Toronto fired interim head coach Peter Horachek along with assistants Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and goaltending coach Rick St. Croix on April 12.

Prior to coaching Keefe appeared in 125 NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning scoring 12 goals and 12 assists.

PHT Morning Skate: Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin pranked by moms

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Jackie Seguin and Heather Benn got a measure of revenge on their sons Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn recently.

The pair played a little Mother’s Day prank on their sons as a payback for the Valentine’s Day joke the Stars’ forwards pulled off in February.

Mob informant: NY Rangers ‘left the Stanley Cup’ at strip club. (Puck Daddy)

How Paul Reinhart helped sons Sam, Griffin and Max become top prospects. (The Hockey News)

Mike Milbury and Keith Jones look ahead to Game 7 between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, which goes Wednesday night at MSG.

Mike Babcock visited with Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula on Sunday. (The Associated Press)

Elliotte Friedman’s 30 thoughts with news and information from around the league is always a must-read. (Sportsnet)

The Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks will meet for the first time in a Stanley Cup playoff series. Here’s a look ahead to the Western Conference final: