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.