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Report: Babcock would receive 6-year deal worth $5M annually from Sabres

Ron Chenoy / USA Today

Mike Babcock is about to become a rich man.

The questions that remain are how rich he'll be and who he'll collect his bounty from.

The Detroit Red Wings have made Babcock an offer of $4 million annually, but the Buffalo Sabres have reportedly raised the stakes and have the biggest ante on the table, which includes a long-term commitment.

If Dreger is hearing correctly, that would make Babcock the highest-paid coach in the NHL by a landslide, surpassing Chicago Blackhawks bench boss Joel Quenneville, who currently earns $2.95 million annually.

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