If the Flyers Want Mike Babcock, They’ll Have to Show Him the Money
While the Stanley Cup playoffs are into the Conference Finals portion, the Flyers search for a head coach continues.
Some big fishes are on the market, no question, Todd McLellan, Mike Babcock and Claude Julien are among them.
The former Sharks coach in McLellan is expecting to stay west and be hired by Edmonton, who holds the first overall pick in next month's draft.
Julien could wind up staying with the Bruins, as reports have subsided on his firing, although he has not received any votes of confidence from the organization.
So that leaves Babcock.
The Red Wings gave Babcock permission to speak to other clubs about their head coaching vacancies and the Flyers are interested. But according to Craig Custance, the Flyers will need to show him the money.
Custance joined Mike Gill on 97.3 ESPN FM this week to discuss the chances Ron Hextall has in landing the big fish in the sea.
"Money is not the driving force for Babcock, he'd be in Toronto by now, but you better come with a high annual salary," Custance said.
A salary of $3.5 - $4 million per year is something that could get Hextall on the phone with Babcock.
Craig Custance is a senior NHL writer for ESPN The Magazine.