The Sabres feel they’ve done everything they can to lure Mike Babcock to Buffalo. They hope it’s enough.
Buffalo is in position to land the future Hockey Hall of Famer, but his family still has the final say.
Babcock reportedly remains set to announce his coaching future by Wednesday, and a league source said Monday the Sabres had the best chance of making him leave Detroit. But since Day One, Babcock has said his family is in charge. They’re comfortable in Michigan, so the final hours of his coaching countdown could be swayed by in-house chats, the source said.
First, the 52-year-old was scheduled to meet with one more suitor and his longtime boss.
Babcock initiated an interview with San Jose, according to CSN Bay Area, and was set to talk with the Sharks about their opening. Coincidentally, the job became available because San Jose parted ways with Babcock’s former assistant, Todd McLellan.
Babcock is scheduled to talk with Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland on Tuesday, the coach told the Detroit Free Press. The duo flew home from Europe together following Sunday’s world championships, so it stands to reason there’s little new ground to cover. It could be a chat to finalize a contract extension or a bon voyage.
Babcock told ESPN.com he remains committed to deciding his future by Wednesday.
Babcock, who is still under contract with Detroit, has been given permission to interview with the Sabres, Toronto, St. Louis and San Jose, according to MLive.com. Babcock toured the Sabres’ facilities with team owner Terry Pegula on May 10. Babock enjoyed his visit to Buffalo, a league source said Monday, and was impressed by the people he met and the things he saw.
The Sabres will soon learn whether their wooing was enough to make him leave Detroit after 10 years. They're confident they've done everything they could, a team source said.