Mike Babcock still doesn’t have a contract extension.

And he isn’t sure one will be worked out before the start of the regular season.

But, as his assistants were coming and going Monday, Babcock was adamant about one thing: He isn’t going to be talking about his future once the season begins.

“By that time (regular season), it’s hockey,” Babcock said. “It’s about the team. It’s not about Mike Babcock.”

Babcock doesn’t expect any extension until general manager Ken Holland, who also has one year left on his deal, works out his own contract.

“I’m not concerned,” Babcock said. “I’ve always been of the belief that if you do your job, do your job well, people want you.”

And that philosophy works with Babcock’s assistants, as well.

Tony Granato, recently an assistant with the Penguins, was added to Babcock’s staff, which lost associate head coach Tom Renney to Hockey Canada (president) and assistant Bill Peters to the Hurricanes (coach).

Granato’s hiring will not be official until he is granted his release from the Penguins.