This might be happening after all. In complete defiance of earlier reports that Mike Babcock was choosing between the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres, with the Leafs being a distant third, multiple reports have ruled out the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres.
According to @TSNAaronWard, DET is out on Babcock. BUF is out. That leaves TOR, STL and SJ.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 20, 2015
San Jose and St. Louis were in previous discussions with the (now former) Red Wings bench boss, but fell out of the public discussion in the past few days. The Sharks have been linked to Randy Carlyle and Adam Oates, while the Blues still have Ken Hitchcock in the organization.
MLSE’s private jet is scheduled to head to Detroit later today and depart within three minutes of arrival. http://t.co/zesztd4Fts
— Jeff Veillette (@Jeffler) May 20, 2015
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 20, 2015
It’s also worth noting that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s Gulfstream IV Private Jet is heading into Detroit at 5PM today, arriving at 5:42, and departing at 5:45. Not sure if you can make a concrete connection, but there’s something interesting there.
Deep breaths, folks. This is going to be a crazy couple of hours.