For the Leafs, Babcock’s high salary is not a reason to keep him around

We obviously need to keep prefacing these types of articles by pointing out that there is no evidence of the Leafs’ management group leaning one way or the other with Mike Babcock’s return to the bench next season. It’s been covered in detail to this point that GM Kyle Dubas didn’t give the coach a ringing endorsement in the locker clear-out day, and instead chose to put the spotlight on himself, saying everything is up for evaluation. So as of now things seem pretty wide open, even if you or I believe the actual chances of Babcock getting fired are slim to none.
With that out of the way, let’s revisit the ‘what if they do’ side of this whole thing, even if that ‘do’ is only seriously considering pulling this trigger without actually doing it.
A big problem people have continually pointed out about the Leafs replacing Babcock is the sheer magnitude of the move. And with that comes the obvious factor of his salary, believed to be in the range of 6-million dollars annually and among the top of the league — at the time of signing it set the records and created a new …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation