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by Paul on 07/14/14 at 03:51 PM ET
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock wants an extension done by fall, or else he'll wait for spring. Winter is not a time to talk — which makes sense.
Babcock has been busy looking for assistants — he just got word that Tony Granato will be joining him with the Wings. There has been less work done regarding Babcock's own future in Detroit, as he enters the last year of his contract.
The 2014-15 season will be Babcock's 10th season behind the bench in Detroit. Such anniversaries usually are a cause to give something made of tin. Or in pro sports, a raise.
Babcock reiterated today that he doesn't anticipate talking about his own future, so long as general manager Ken Holland also is in the last year of his contract. (Holland, however, has one year plus an option year that, thought a club option, can become vested depending on what happens this season.)
Babcock also made one thing clear: "We get it done by fall, or I won't bother. I'm not doing it during the season."
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