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Here's Ken Holland's presser from the Wings' locker room, via WXYZ:
Ken Holland is holding a press conference with the media at 4 PM today, and Mickey Redmond will appear on WDIV Local 4's 4 PM broadcast to discuss Mike Babcock's departure to Toronto, but Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels was the first one "out of the box" in speaking with The Fan 590's Brady and Walker about Babcock's departure:
Updated 6x at 3:07 PM:
Jeff Veillette broke the news...
From TSN's Bob McKenzie:
Update: And then things change:
While the hockey world waits for Mike Babcock's decision-making, Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill spoke with Fox 17's Mitch Fick...
And the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner about his situation:
Blashill also said, "I don't expect to hear anything" today as the organization waited to learn what current coach Mike Babcock would decide. He said he would make a decision Wednesday. Most reports had him deciding between Detroit, Buffalo and possibly Toronto.
Blashill also said he has not spoken with Babcock, which is unusual. They usually talk regularly, he said.
"I stayed away from talking to Mike," he said. "I usually talk to Mike on a pretty regular basis but I know he's real busy trying to work through his professional and personal situation."
Well, here you go...
Update: Meanwhile, in Grand Rapids...
Two experts, one more connected to the Wings than the other, discussed Mike Babcock's situation this morning, with Nick Kypreos going for the "Toronto angle" on The Fan 590....
TSN's Darren Dreger appeared on TSN 1050 in Toronto to give his take:
Update: And Nicholas J. Costonika:
Ansar Khan of Mlive was just on TSN radio in Toronto...
Khan says Buffalo is his guess for Babock. When the offer is that much more than Detroit's, it is too good to pass up.
Money is a huge factor, a wild amount people did not expect.
The Sabres have some young talent, an aggressive owner who is willing to spend.
Khan was asked if Ilitch would bump the offer of $3.25M for 4 years, he says no, not getting into a bidding war. Wings want him back but know they are comfortable with Blashill if Babcock does leave.
Khan says no question Blashill will be the next coach but no announcement until the Griffins complete their playoff run. It is an ideal fit.
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