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Babcock receives tour of HarborCenter

Mike Babcock is busy exploring his options.

One of them is to join the Buffalo Sabres.

Babcock was spotted with owners Terry and Kim Pegula and general manager Tim Murray by a HarborCenter employee early Sunday night, as they toured the complex.

The Sabres issued a statement that said the team would have no comment on its search for a new coach until one of the candidates is hired.

Meanwhile, Babcock apparently won’t be joining the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported over the weekend that Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is not interested in pursuing perhaps the top head coaching target of the offseason.

“We are committed to our present coaching staff,” Rutherford told Mackey on Saturday.

That current coaching staff is led by Mike Johnston, coming off his first season as Penguins head coach after the team fired Grand Haven, Mich., native Dan Bylsma last year. Johnston’s team went 43-27-12, losing in the first round to the New York Rangers.

Though he says he likes being in Detroit, Babcock is expected to generate interest from many NHL teams this offseason, coming off his 10th season with the Detroit Red Wings. He won a Stanley Cup in 2008 and led Team Canada to gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

The idea of Babcock going to Pittsburgh would’ve been interesting for many Red Wings fans, given Detroit’s history with Pittsburgh.

The two teams clashed in the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup finals, with Babcock’s Red Wings winning in six games in ‘08 before Bylsma’s Penguins won in seven games in ‘09.