I can tell this post is going to be universally loved. Shout out to everyone in the comment section who read the header and immediately dove in. You’re probably right to do so. I’m not looking to make much of a case for keeping Mike Babcock and if that’s what you want, we’re not going to see eye to eye on this.
I will make my usual positive Mike Babcock statements up front:
Mike Babcock was an important part of turning the Leafs around. He added important structure to the team and brought them back to the playoffs much sooner than anyone expected.
Mike Babcock runs one hell of a practice. I think that the conditioning and game readiness has improved significantly on his watch.
Mike Babcock seems to get a lot out of his players, and I don’t think you can accuse anyone of quitting on him. There’s certainly no shortage of 13th forwards and 7th defensemen who don’t think fondly of him over his career, but he’s generally good at making sure players are ready to play.
All of those things make Mike Babcock a good coach, but that doesn’ …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation