The biggest NHL free agent only puts on skates for practice.
The resume is real impressive. He has a Stanley Cup championship, a pair of gold medal Olympic triumphs, a world junior hockey championship title and a CIS university championship at the University of Lethbridge.
Mike Babcock turned 52 last week and the hockey world is his oyster.
He has spent a full decade in Detroit rock city and his contract run outs with the Red Wings at the end of June.
There is no salary cap for coaches. They commonly don’t haul in the mega bucks like the gents they oversee on the ice, but Mike Babcock will.
The owner of the red and white Mike Illitch wants his coach to stay, while GM Ken Holland says money is not going to be an object.
Mike Babcock only wants to coach. He does not want to be a general manager or have a fancy vice president title.
Mike Babcock is a wanted man.
All season we have heard the Maple Leafs covet the career coach. So does Buffalo. There is an opening in Philly.
A new possible landing spot came up last week. It was Edmonton. They have a new rink coming soon, a franchise player arriving in June in Connor McDavid. Babcock and the head of all Oiler hockey Bob Nicholson have history with Hockey Canada as does new prez Peter Chiarelli.
But it’s in Edmonton.
Babcock says his wife Maureen is the boss.
Northern California and the Sharks might be a nice fit.
By the way, Babcock coached in Ducks organization at the turn of the century. Imagine if Anaheim fails to win the Cup and Bruce Boudreau gets fired. It seems like it would be a no brainer.
We might have to wake for awhile. For teams that are interested, the coaching carousel may not move until Mike and Maureen hit the switch.