Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock won't be sitting in an airport at noon ET on Sunday, but he's packed and ready to go if needed to help with any free agent recruiting.
"I'm in a position to fly wherever they want me to fly," Babcock told the NHL Network on Thursday from his home in Saskatchewan. "We're a work in progress, so we're talking each and every day about the moves that we're trying to make, and we kind of have an A Plan, a B Plan, a C Plan, and we've probably got even a D Plan. I'm just going to be ready to go."
With the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom and the trade of Brad Stuart, the Red Wings are expected to be one of the top suitors for Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter. Or they could opt to add to their depth at forward from a group that includes the Devils' Zach Parise, the Coyotes' Shane Doan and Ray Whitney, the Capitals' Alexander Semin and the Flyers' Jaromir Jagr.
According to Capgeek.com, the Red Wings have more than $24 million in salary cap space.
"We're fortunate that there will be people on the market and we're going to have to improve our hockey club," Babcock said. "We were in a situation last year where we played $6 million under the cap on purpose to kind of be set up for going ahead and that's what we're trying to do to secure the best people that we can possibly secure and then go from there."