PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland (L) and Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano speak during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After Babcock’s Departure, Detroit’s Focus Turns To Blashill

The Detroit Red Wings are ready to start searching for a new coach — and right now there’s only one clear candidate.

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Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland addresses the media about the departure of longtime head coach Mike Babcock. (Photo by Ashley Dunkak/CBS Detroit)

‘We Got 10 Great Years’ Says Red Wings General Manager Of Coach Babcock

“I’ve got mixed emotions because he is one of the greatest coaches in the league, if not the greatest coach in the league,” said Holland.

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Wings General Manager Ken Holland. (Credit/Sandra McNeill)

Term Of Contract Was Sticking Point Between Red Wings, Babcock

“I couldn’t justify going past five years,” Holland said Wednesday.

CBS Detroit–05/20/2015

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland addresses the media about the departure of longtime head coach Mike Babcock. (Photo by Ashley Dunkak/CBS Detroit)

Blashill Tops Short List Of Candidates To Replace Babcock

The search for the next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings will likely not take long, and the team will likely not need to look far.

CBS Detroit–05/20/2015

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Head coach Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins addresses the media after the game against the Ottawa Senators at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Who Replaces Mike Babcock Behind The Red Wings Bench?

Speculating on the next Red Wings head coach is a little like speculating on the next Democratic nominee for president.

97.1 The Ticket–05/20/2015

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings yells to his players in the final minute of the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs Hire Mike Babcock As New Head Coach

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach.

97.1 The Ticket–05/20/2015

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 25: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings complains to a referee against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 25, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Report: Babcock Leaving Detroit For Toronto

During the 2013 season, Babcock surpassed both Scotty Bowman and Jack Adams as the winningest coach in the storied franchise’s history.

CBS Detroit–05/20/2015

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 07:  Assistant coach Jim Hiller and 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)

Babcock Reportedly In Contract Talks With Buffalo Sabres Over $5M Per Season Offer

It’s being reported the Sabres are opening their wallet to Babcock, reportedly offering him in the range of $5 million per season.

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ANN ARBOR, MI - JANUARY 01: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings watches the action during the second period of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Red Wings Babcock Says Decision On Contract Coming As Soon As Wednesday

In an interview Friday with TSN, Babcock said the decision could come as early as Wednesday.

CBS Detroit–05/18/2015

Jarod Williams #11 of the Detroit Titans listens to head coach Ray McCallum during  game. FILE PHOTO (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Horizon League Tournament Will Make New Red Wings Arena Home For 3 Years

The Horizon League Men’s Basketball Tournament is going to be at Joe Louis Arena and the new Red Wings arena for a minimum of 5 years – beginning this year.

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