Report: Babcock granted permission to speak to other teams


And we’re off!

In case it wasn’t clear that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was at least considering a move, there’s the proof.

There are four official head-coaching vacancies in the NHL — Buffalo, Philadelphia, Toronto, and San Jose. You can count Edmonton as well, given interim coach Todd Nelson will reportedly interview for the full-time position. Meanwhile, questions remain about Ken Hitchcock’s future in St. Louis, Claude Julien’s in Boston, and the Devils probably won’t be going with co-coaches again next season.

Speculation has linked Babcock to the jobs in Buffalo, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Edmonton. We’ll see if any of those clubs can sell him convincingly enough to leave a team that hasn’t missed the playoffs since Steve Yzerman was a youngster.

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