Only Shanahan can fire Babcock, and maybe that’s okay

If the Leafs continue to sputter over the next month or (they’re currently 12th in the conference standings by points-percentage), Mike Babcock is going to be fired. Before Christmas, after, it doesn’t really matter; If this Toronto team just claws along with two wins here, two losses there, Babcock is going to be replaced by Sheldon Keefe relatively soon.
And make no mistake, it definitely will be Keefe who takes over. No need to overthink it, that part of the writing has been on the wall forever.
How do we know all this? Well it’s pretty simple really: The Leafs, or Dubas rather, tried to fire Babcock this past spring when the team was knocked off in the first round again. Dave Feschuk reported it in The Star last month, and solidly-sourced outlets backed it up not long after, specifically the part about how the GM wanted to move on from the head coach but Brendan Shanahan stepped in to cool things down and block it.
Whether you believe all this or not (but you should because it’s true), a pretty common reaction either way might be “Well it should be Dubas’s call anyway, he …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

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