Babcock given permission to talk with other teams
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 07: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings on the bench during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 7, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have given headcoach Mike Babcock permission to talk to other teams while he searches for his coaching home for next season.

So begins the constant speculation and fervent analyzation of everything Babcock says and does from now until late May. Four teams have official head-coaching vacancies in the NHL — Buffalo, Philadelphia, Toronto, and San Jose. Edmonton is making interim coach Todd Nelson interview for the job, New Jersey more than likly won’t be going back to co-coaches, so add both of those teams to the list of potential interested parties.  Then there’s St. Louis and Boston, with both teams coaches firmly on the hot seat.

It’s safe to say at some point every one of these teams will be linked to Babcock, who could still look around and then decide it would better to stay home in Detroit.  This is one more reason this offseason will be one of the most fascinating in a long time.

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