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Tough decision ahead for Mike Babcock

Mike Babcock is entering the final year of his contract, having already won a Stanley Cup with Detroit. Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN -- For now, Mike Babcock is still patiently answering questions about his future. He understands how the fact that he’s entering the final year of his contract -- and is in no hurry to extend that contract -- is a fascinating subplot to the coming Detroit Red Wings training camp.

He’s fine saying that as of Saturday evening there had been no additional contract conversations between him and Detroit GM Ken Holland. He’s not concerned about it.

“If it wasn’t Ken Holland and myself and the relationship wasn’t the way it is, it might be different,” Babcock said when we sat down for a chat over the weekend. “If I was concerned about this, it would be different.”

He’s not.

“Not one bit,” he said. “Not one bit.”

In Detroit, he might be in the minority.