Detroit — Will it be Hockeytown or will Mike Babcock shuffle off to Buffalo?
All indications were Babcock was deciding late Tuesday whether to remain coach of the Red Wings or end his 10-year run and accept a huge offer from the Sabres.
"I'll know in the morning," Babcock wrote in a text to The Detroit News.
Babcock told ESPN.com he'd make a decision this morning, "but I'm still very much undecided."
Several reports out of Buffalo had Sabres owner Terry Pegula offering Babcock a financial package worth more than $50 million ($5 million yearly salary).
The last offer from the Red Wings came in for a yearly salary of $3.25 million.
Babcock, 52, met with Pegula in Buffalo on May 10 — they toured the downtown redevelopment project — just before Babcock left for Prague and the World Championships.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland didn't return phone calls Tuesday or respond to text messages.
Babcock met with Holland on Tuesday and, according to ESPN.com, exchanged emails with Sabres general manager Tim Murray.
Murray and Babcock worked together in Anaheim from 2002-04 when Babcock coached the Ducks.
According to a report from the Associated Press, a person familiar with the discussions said Babcock and the Sabres were in negotiations for Babcock to become their next coach.
Babcock is under contract with the Red Wings until June 30. If he were to sign with another team before that, the Red Wings would be compensated a third-round pick within three years.
Officials from Toronto, San Jose and St. Louis also are believed to have spoken with Babcock, who led Detroit to the Stanley Cup in 2008.
If Babcock leaves for Buffalo, he joins an organization that doesn't have a roster expected to contend for a Stanley Cup immediately, but could soon — and for a long time.
The Sabres own the second overall pick in June's draft, and likely will select Jack Eichel, who starred at the World Championships with the United States.
Rated a shade behind expected top pick Connor McDavid, Eichel is expected to be a franchise cornerstone.
The Sabres took center Sam Reinhart second overall in 2014, and the Reinhart-Eichel combination could mirror what the Red Wings have with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.
If Babcock were to leave the Red Wings, his replacement likely would be Jeff Blashill, currently coach at Grand Rapids.
Blashill coached the Griffins to the Calder Cup in 2013 and has coached the majority of the present Red Wings roster.