I totally agree, but when you hear KH talk about "not wanting to be a developmental team for league management" you've got to think there's more to it than just wanting to wait until after the rebuild. Then again, that's speculation, so what do I know? My whole point was just to say that if Babs getting extended was a done deal from both sides, then why isn't it a done deal?
Likely because it is not an important decision for any of them at this moment. Babcock has spelled it out pretty clearly:
1. If they are happy (which I would bet they are) then he is happy.
2. If he is happy then he is perfectly comfortable with the ownership and the management and the direction the team is heading.
3. If they are not happy, he will not be happy but he is also not worried because he would have another job within minute of that information becoming public.
4. Scotty Bowman went year to year.
Someone else also pointed out that if you are worried about your future you lock down the longest fattest deal you can as fast as you can. Babcock has way too much of a pedigree ( and a winning pedigree.. most winning pedigree in Detroit history if I am not mistaken) to sweat that kind of stuff
PS. Yes I know I am a Babock homer! Rightfully so. We don't want another "don't know what you got till it's gone" song to play out.... I'm looking at you mouthless David Lewis