“Source: ~90% of the Leafs were relieved to see Mike Babcock go” is what James Mirtle of The Athletic tweeted out on Thursday morning before the Leafs got ready for their first game under new coach Sheldon Keefe. If that doesn’t tell you that things were much worse under the hood of this team than was let on, I don’t know what does.
The thing is, I’m at least a little surprised. Not so much that players were getting frustrated by Babcock – because I did think it was clear they were quitting on him – but that so many of them seem outwardly glad to see him go now that the team has moved on. We knew Dubas wanted to fire Babcock in the spring and that things weren’t lining up between the two, but even that seemed like it was maybe patch-uppable. Not even close.
Source: ~90% of the Leafs were relieved to see Mike Babcock go.
The GM obviously was ready for it, too. Now the heat is on them with their season on the line.
On the end, why it happened and what comes next @TheAthleticTO https://t.co/mcWBmPwFyG
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) November 21, 2019
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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation