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Thursday, July 07, 2005

nhl- Babcock headed to Detroit

from TSN, The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have a head-coaching vacancy.
TSN has learned that Mike Babcock has officially turned down the Mighty Ducks' offer of a one-year contract extension and sources say now that Babcock has indicated he won't be returning to Anaheim, he is headed to the Detroit Red Wings as their new head coach.
Babcock had a deadline of Thursday to accept or reject new Ducks' GM Brian Burke's offer of a one-year extension. Babcock had asked for a week to test the open market and has apparently found a multi-year position with the Red Wings. Sources say Babcock informed the Ducks Wednesday night he would not be returning.
Dave Lewis, who has been the Red Wings' head coach, met with Detroit GM Ken Holland on Tuesday and was told his situation would be clarified by week's end. Lewis's contract with the Wings expired on June 30. Sources say Holland is likely to meet with Lewis on Thursday, at which time it's expected Lewis will be told his contract as head coach is not being renewed.
That would pave the way for the Red Wings to hire Babcock.