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Babcock isn't worried about his future

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings


DETROIT - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has one year left on his contract.

Babcock insists getting a new deal this off-season is not a priority, adding he would be comfortable signing one-year contracts in the future with the franchise.

He finished his ninth season as Detroit's coach on Saturday at Boston, where the Bruins eliminated the Red Wings in Game 5 of their first-round series. He has won a franchise-record 415 games, a Stanley Cup and a pair of conference championships.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says Babcock is on the "short list" of the NHL's best coaches. Holland says he has not begun talking to Babcock about negotiating a long-term deal. The Red Wings have Holland under contract for one more year with a team option for another year.

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