“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.
“I couldn’t justify going past five years,” Holland said Wednesday.
Speculating on the next Red Wings head coach is a little like speculating on the next Democratic nominee for president.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach.
During the 2013 season, Babcock surpassed both Scotty Bowman and Jack Adams as the winningest coach in the storied franchise’s history.
It’s being reported the Sabres are opening their wallet to Babcock, reportedly offering him in the range of $5 million per season.
In an interview Friday with TSN, Babcock said the decision could come as early as Wednesday.
Babcock has been linked to numerous teams and reportedly has met with several, and the process is expected to continue in Prague.
Detroit held exclusive negotiating rights with Babcock through June, but Holland said he and Babcock will not let the process drag out.
“The worst day I’ve had in coaching in Detroit, period, in my 10 years here, was yesterday, bar none,” Babcock added.