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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Mike Babcock had to coach better. It really is that simple.

And Kyle Dubas had to manage better. And the Maple Leafs players — especially the high-priced help — had to play better.

This has been a collective collapse, this dismal Maple Leafs s

eason so far. A collapse that wound up costing Babcock his job in his fifth year as the highest-paid coach in hockey. The firing wasn’t really a surprise. The surprise was it didn’t happen last June when it probably should have.


Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

If Mike Babcock had an idea he was about to be fired, he hid it well.

Babcock was upbeat after the Maple Leafs practised on Wednesday, making jokes with reporters at Coyotes Ice Den. And there was enthusiasm from the players during the on-ice workout — casual observers wouldn’t have known the club had lost six in a row.

About an hour after Babcock’s scrum ended, he was told by team president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Kyle Dubas his services were no longer required.


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from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

It was clear when the Leafs lost to the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs that Babcock was on the hot seat. Dubas didn’t give Babcock a clear vote of confidence in the days that followed the team’s elimination, saying he wanted to more time to review and reflect. Eventually, the vote of confidence came, but it was also clear that Babcock’s coaching style was under the microscope.

The players said the right things about taking responsibility for the losing as they embarked on this six-game road trip. But the joy they once played with had vanished. And they showed very little interest in playing Babcock’s grinding style of hockey — a style that may ultimately win in the playoffs, but is not the way the team is constructed.



via TSN's YouTube page,

Ray Ferraro joins OverDrive to discuss the Maple Leafs' firing of Mike Babcock and how the team moves forward. Ferraro explains how the least complicated thing for a struggling team to do is replace the head coach, and whether he sees any similarities between Toronto's decision and what happened between Joel Quenneville and the Chicago Blackhawks.



TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joins OverDrive to discuss Mike Babcock's firing by the Maple Leafs, how it's safe to assume Babcock knew his time was ticking when Lou Lamoriello was replaced by Kyle Dubas, why the move suggests that Brendan Shanahan and Dubas must be convinced the coach was the problem, and much more.



via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Brian Burke joined Tim and Sid to discuss the Maple Leafs firing Mike Babcock, saying he isn't totally surprised but the players need to take accountability as well.


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Any chance he ends up coaching in Dallas? Tampa?

Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 11/21/19 at 12:07 PM ET

Paul's avatar

dreams…, a buddy asked me last night, I mentioned Tampa if they continue their average ways.

I believe Babs and Stamkos have a great relationship if that matters.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/21/19 at 12:10 PM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/21/19 at 12:10 PM ET

Super interesting thought. Hypothetically, does it change anything on our coaching staff if Jon Cooper becomes available?

Could also see Dallas being a team that fits Bab’s style, and the Nill connection is worth something.

Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 11/21/19 at 12:12 PM ET

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I am not sure most established NHL coaches would want to come to Detroit, but money talks so who knows.

Maybe someone like Boudreau would but Cooper may have better offers ahead.

Dallas is interesting, but lately they have been on a good roll.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/21/19 at 12:15 PM ET

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