Mike Babcock aiming to make decision by Wednesday morning

Mike Babcock remained undecided about his future Tuesday night but said he was close to choosing where he would coach next season.

"I hope to make a decision by morning, but I'm still very much undecided," Babcock told ESPN.com.

Babcock continued to gather more information Tuesday, meeting once again with Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland.

Babcock declined to elaborate any further, saying that's all he had to say until his decision was made Wednesday.

A Sabres source told ESPN.com that Babcock spoke again briefly with Buffalo on Tuesday morning and also exchanged emails with general manager Tim Murray about the team's second offer to him.

The source said the Sabres made a second contract offer to Babcock over the past weekend.

But there are other teams in the mix, as well.

It's believed Babcock has spoken with six teams, including Toronto and San Jose. And of course he may decide to re-sign in Detroit.

Holland gave Babcock until May 25 to speak to other teams. The coach's contract with Detroit expires June 30.

Babcock, 52, is one of the NHL's most accomplished active coaches after spending the past 10 seasons in Detroit. The Red Wings have not missed the playoffs under Babcock, and they won the Stanley Cup championship in 2008.

Teams interested in interviewing Babcock had to agree to give up a third-round draft pick within the next three years as compensation to the Red Wings if they hire the coach.

In Buffalo, which is in the midst of a top-to-bottom overhaul after finishing last in each of the past two seasons, Babcock has a previous connection with Murray. The two worked in Anaheim together when Babcock served as the Ducks' coach from 2002 to 2004.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.