Some Appreciation for Mike Babcock, Please

Yesterday, the Leafs fired their four-and-a-bit year head coach Mike Babcock. For all the negativity surrounding Toronto regarding their recent poor play (just 2 regulation wins in 16 games… yikes), there is always a way to look at things in a positive light. One could easily be happy for the future, with the rookie head coach Sheldon Keefe hopefully bringing ingenuity and modernization to the Leafs’ bench. However, it’s also important to shed a positive light on the past.
To do that, let’s look at some of our favourite Mike Babcock moments from his years leading the Maple Leafs.
In the Beginning
Babcock’s tenure began in Toronto on May 15th, 2015 when, shortly after his coaching contract expired from the shipwrecked Detroit Red Wings. The running for his services largely came down to two teams, the other one being the Buffalo Sabres.
What better way to begin your career in Toronto than with a gigantic ‘$#@% you’ to one of our historic rivals in Detroit by being one of the few coaches ever to choose not to return to a team. To follow that up with a second ‘$#@% you’ to another rival in the Buffalo Sabres was legendary.
The utter diaper-filling …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation