Mike Babcock isn’t feeling complacent. That’s not a word, as he likes to say, that’s even in his vocabulary. But less than 72 hours after the Red Wings season ended with another first-round playoff exit, Babcock insisted he’s comfortable with his contractual situation. And if that makes his bosses uncomfortable, well, they certainly know where to find him. Babcock, who turned 51 on Tuesday, signed a four-year extension in October 2010 that made him the highest paid coach in the NHL. That means he’ll be entering the final year of his deal this fall, though he doesn’t seem at all worried about it. “No priority, whatsoever,” Babcock said when asked about the possibility of signing an extension this summer. “I’m real comfortable with the owner (Mike Ilitch), with the manager (Ken Holland), and that’s not a concern for me one bit. “One thing, when you’re at the stage I am, I’m real comfortable with whatever they want. I want them to be happy. And if they’re not happy, then I’m not happy.” He went on to joke he’ll either be coaching the Red Wings this fall or serving as an assistant at Michigan under Red Berenson, with whom he’s developed a close bond since coming to Detroit in 2005. But beyond that? “I haven’t thought about going anywhere else,” Babcock said. “I like it here. The owner’s great to me — actually, the owner’s better than great to me here — and they do things right, they treat people right. And the GM is a driven guy who can’t stand losing. And I like to be around ultracompetitive people.” In 2010, that general manager also signed an extension that runs through the 2014-15 season, though Holland confirmed Tuesday his contract carries a team option for 2015-16, with incentive clauses that could trigger it based on the team’s performance next season.
Red Wings coach Babcock hesitant to commit to contract extension
Detroit News | Apr 30