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Penguins will not pursue Babcock to coach: report

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will not ask Mike Babcock to become their coach, general manager Jim Rutherford told the Tribune-Review on Saturday.

"We have our coaching staff in place," Rutherford told the newspaper. "We will not be pursuing him."

Coach Mike Johnston's first season with the Penguins ended with a Game 5 loss to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference First Round.

"We are committed to our present coaching staff," Rutherford said.

Babcock on Friday was given permission by the Detroit Red Wings to explore other NHL opportunities. His contract expires June 30, but the Red Wings want to have a resolution this month.

The Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs do not have a coach confirmed for next season.

"[General manager] Kenny Holland and ownership have given me this opportunity, and we'll see what is out there," Babcock told The Detroit News. "We have to get this done by May 25."

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