Wings call Wednesday press conference
Babcock, who guided the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in his third year with the organization, saw his first deal with the franchise expire at the end of the post-season. Babcock and general manager Ken Holland both said that the two sides were close to having a deal before the playoffs, but shelved their talks until after the post-season run.
Babcock has been an NHL head coach for five seasons, leading the Anaheim Ducks to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final in his first season (2002-03).
If Babcock's tenure lasts through this three-year contract, it will place him fifth on the franchise's list of longest uninterrupted coaching tenures behind Jack Adams (20 seasons), Sid Abel (11 seasons), Scotty Bowman (nine seasons) and Tommy Ivan (seven seasons).