The Detroit Red Wings have granted coach Mike Babcock permission to talk to other NHL teams.
The window for teams to talk to Babcock began at 12 p.m. Friday and is expected to remain open until late May, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. The Red Wings want to bring back Babcock and are aiming for a resolution by May 25.
"People can read it into it what they want," Babcock told the Detroit Free Press. "There is no decision made at all. We really like it here. My family loves Detroit. It's way easier for my family to stay here, 100 percent easier. My kids are all going away, but they still want to come back to Detroit on Thanksgiving. They want to come back to Detroit in the summer to work out. So it's way easier for them."
Babcock's contract with the Red Wings expires June 30.
"I want Mike here if Mike wants to be here," general manager Ken Holland said, according to Red Wings beat writer Bill Roose. "That's always been my attitude with players and with personnel. If there's a better opportunity for you elsewhere then you probably should pursue it.
"I want Mike to be here because he thinks this is the best situation for him, for his family, for his career."