The Detroit Red Wings secured the future of their longtime general manager by signing Ken Holland to an extension last month.

Now Holland will focus on trying to get coach Mike Babcock signed beyond this season.

"If we get something done in September, great," Babcock said Wednesday, after watching players at an informal skate at Joe Louis Arena. "But if we don't -- and I've said this and no one believes me, I have a real good relationship with the general manager and I'm real confident in my own ability and confident in the ability he has to put together a team -- we'll find a way to work something out over time.

"But I'm not all wound up about this one bit. I'm real comfortable. I'm not selling my house or anything like that. Life's good for me."

Babcock won't negotiate during the season, so if a deal isn't in place by the opener on Oct. 9, talks will be tabled until after the season.