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Reports: Red Wings allow Babcock to shop

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock (12/9/2014 in Detroit)
Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock (12/9/2014 in Detroit) (ClickOnDetroit.com)

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will not stand in the way of coach Mike Babcock if he is courted by or wants to talk to other teams in the league, according to several Friday morning reports.

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Babcock officially becomes a free agent when his contract expires on June 30. Red Wings GM Ken Holland has said he wants Babcock to be in Detroit if it's where the coach wants to be.

Babcock said last week he and Holland would have a plan within 10 days.

Read: If Babcock leaves the Red Wings

Babcock has been behind the Red Wings' bench the past 10 seasons. The team won the Stanley Cup under his leadership in 2008 and returned to the finals in 2009. He also won two consecutive gold medals with the Canadian Olympic team in 2010 and 2014.

Several NHL teams currently are without a head coach including the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres.

Whether he signs with Detroit or another team, Babcock is expected to become the highest paid coach in NHL history.


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