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Red Wings coach Babcock not rushing into decision

by Paul Harris /

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he doesn't know where he'll be next season, but he does know it will be behind an NHL bench.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday he wants it to remain his team's bench.

Babcock, who coached this season in the final year of his contract, talked about his future as the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers two days after their season ended in a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference First Round series.

"In the next 10 days Ken and I will talk about it," Babcock said. " … And I'm going to talk to my wife to see how she feels about it."

In 10 seasons as Red Wings coach, Babcock is 458-223-105 in 786 games; he's 67-56 in 123 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He's won more games than any Red Wings coach and led them to the 2008 Stanley Cup and to the Cup Final in 2009. He's won two Olympic gold medals as coach of Canada.

Babcock said he is certain coaching -- only coaching -- is what his future holds.

"I have no skill set to be a general manager … I'm a coach," Babcock said.

Holland said, "I want Mike to stay. We'll express that to him, and money isn't going to be an object."

Holland said negotiations would begin during meetings next week.

"There's no odds on anything. I haven't even been thinking [about it]," Babcock said.

He and Holland agreed in September there would be no negotiations during the season.

"There's a lot of teams that want him," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said of Babcock.

He and Babcock have had their disagreements since Zetterberg succeeded Niklas Lidstrom as captain in 2013, but that hasn't changed Zetterberg's feelings.

"It's been battles but it's been good battles," Zetterberg said. "We both learned a lot."

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