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by George Malik on 05/16/14 at 11:25 AM ET
Given what's about to come out of Pittsburgh, ESPN's Craig Custance's sound and even-handed Insider-only entry discussed in the mid-day report, and especially given what Mark Madden had to say this morning, these Tweets from Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika are now probably the most reasonable and logical assessments of Red Wings coach Mike Babcock's future that you're going to read until...Well, until Babcock either signs a contract extension over the next calendar year, or he doesn't:
To be clear: Mike Babcock has one year left on his contract, and there is zero reason to think he is going anywhere right now. (1)
Fact: The Red Wings will sit down with Babcock at some point in the near future to discuss an extension. (2)
Opinion: I think Babcock will play out the last season of his contract and assess his options this time next year. (3)
Opinion: Babcock likes Detroit. He works fine with Holland. But he knows he will have great options. Why not leave options open? (4)
Last point. Fact: You cannot trade an NHL coach. (5)
OK, one more. Opinion: If Babcock leaves next year, he's going to go a team he thinks can win the Stanley Cup. Doesn't need $ or rebuild.
No, I don't think Babcock will coach at Michigan -- and I'm a U-M alum. He's going to make more than $2M coaching a Cup contender.
Update: Here's the non-insider version of Custance's reasoned take:
CUSTANCE: With Bylsma staying on, even temporarily, I absolutely agree that there could be a Trotz-Shero combo somewhere in the NHL soon. And that would be a heck of a team. I wonder how much the decision to keep Bylsma has to do with the reality that Mike Babcock has one more year left on his deal with the Red Wings? He'd be the perfect fit and his willingness to play out the final season of his contract in Detroit opens up the intrigue even more. I think he'd love the opportunity to coach Crosby in the NHL and not just internationally, but he's also a guy who has a strong working relationship with Red Wings GM Ken Holland, sincerely appreciates the ownership in Detroit and really likes the prospects coming for the Red Wings, so he might ultimately decide to stick around. I like the Ron Wilson suggestion and even though Shero is gone, I still think Trotz would have to consider Pittsburgh. If it becomes an opening, it's by far the best one available.
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