San Jose joins list of potential destinations for Mike Babcock

Jared Clinton
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock

Add another team to the official Mike Babcock coaching sweepstakes.

According to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the San Jose Sharks have officially filed the necessary paperwork to compensate the Detroit Red Wings should they hire Babcock away from the Detroit Red Wings. The Sharks join the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs as clubs that have agreed to compensate the Red Wings.

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Coach Mike Babcock expected to make decision next week

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Mike Babcock (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Those tiring of the Mike Babcock saga won’t have to wait much longer for the highly-sought after coach to make the decision on where he will be next season.

In an interview with TSN’s Darren Dreger, Babcock, alongside Red Wings GM Ken Holland, sat down to discuss his future with Detroit and if he would be moving on to a new position. When asked about when, ultimately, he would make his decision, Babcock was up front about the supposed May 25 deadline.

“To be honest with you, that date to me is going to be moved up,” Babcock told Dreger. ”When I get home from here, sit down… enough time already. Let’s get on with it.”

Babcock added that he figures to have his decision made by May 20.

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Red Wings pay tribute to late CapGeek founder with prospect tournament trophy name

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Matthew Wuest (image via Metro Halifax)

Beginning next season, the team that wins the Traverse City NHL prospect tournament will be awarded with the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup.

Best known for his creation of CapGeek, the website that collected and made public comprehensive salary cap data, Wuest passed away in March 2015 at age 35 after a two-year battle with colon cancer. Wuest’s creation, CapGeek, became a major part of the hockey landscape and was utilized by fans, media and members of the hockey community at all levels. Read more

Howe family convinced controversial stem cell treatment has saved Gordie Howe’s life

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Gordie Howe  (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

It is rare, almost unheard of, for the Canadian government to name anything after anyone who is still alive. But when plans for the Gordie Howe International Bridge linking Windsor to Detroit were unveiled Thursday, it was a clear sign of the respect and admiration that Mr. Hockey still commands.

But according to Gordie’s son and fellow Hall of Famer Mark, nobody would have had to worry about the government bending that edict if the family hadn’t elected to have him undergo stem cell treatment in Mexico in December. A second round of treatments is scheduled for early June.

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Gordie Howe to be honored with international bridge named after him

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Detroit Red Wings v Philadelphia Flyers

In January, legendary Detroit Red Wing and hockey icon Gordie Howe was honored when a recreation center in his home province of Saskatchewan was renamed to the Gordie Howe Kinsmen Arena. But he’s about to have his name on something much, much bigger.

It was announced Thursday that the border-crossing bridge to be built from Windsor, Ont., to Detroit will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The bridge, which is expected to be complete by 2020, will bear Howe’s name and connect the city in which he played most of his career, Detroit, to the country that he calls home. Read more

Prospect Hot List: Travis Dermott the one to watch on Erie’s blueline

Travis Dermott (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Major junior playoffs have reached the final series, while the AHL post-season is well into the second round. An incredibly exciting 2014-15 campaign is nearing its end, so I’m opening up the Hot List a bit to younger prospects. Like those that came before them, they are the players you’ll want to know and that we’re excited to see in the NHL one day.

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Red Wings will lose Mike Babcock, and they’ll be just fine

Mike Babcock (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland knows his team will have a very good coach next season. He’s also pretty certain it won’t be Mike Babcock. That’s why after the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and a couple of other teams called about getting permission to speak with his soon-to-be-free-agent coach, Holland knew exactly what to do.

So last Sunday, he and Babcock took a drive to Grand Rapids to watch the Red Wings AHL team in the playoffs. Holland told Babcock teams had been calling and asked whether Babcock wanted to start negotiations on a new deal with the Wings or explore the market. And Babcock told Holland he wanted to see what was out there. Read more