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Will We See A Different Mike Babcock?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The tightrope walk for Mike Babcock as coach of the Maple Leafs has already begun.

He is metaphorically wobbling as training camp is about to begin, trying to remain stable with a new coaching staff around him, trying to remain balanced with so many comfort zone players removed from his roster, trying to focus on his team and its goals with full knowledge there is a front office split of sorts on his present and his future.

There isn’t consensus around the Leafs that Babcock should still be the coach. Publicly, they will smile, the way general manager Kyle Dubas smiled the other day, saying he tripped over his words at the end of last season when not being certain about Babcock’s return, but the fact of the matter is not so definitive.

Management wants to see a different Babcock this coming season. He knows that. He’s had to adjust before. He’s had to grow on the job before. He’s capable of doing that so long as he defeats his long-time penchant for stubbornness along the way.


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Red Winger's avatar

Mike Babcock cannot walk on water. This will be stunning and terrible news to some.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/04/19 at 11:57 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Toronto keeps forgetting Babcock was a coach in other places before he came to the Leafs.  He’s been through a little adversity in his career.

They also conveniently forget that, even though the Leafs lost in the first round, they lost in 7 games to the team that went on to the SCF.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/04/19 at 12:53 PM ET

Primis's avatar

He’s capable of doing that so long as he defeats his long-time penchant for stubbornness along the way.

Then he’s not capable.  Plain and simple.

Posted by Primis on 09/04/19 at 01:17 PM ET


Mike Babcock cannot walk on water.

Says you.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/04/19 at 01:59 PM ET


Then he’s not capable.  Plain and simple.

Right. Because he’s never adjusted to anything before.

Didn’t have to constantly adjust while the Wings talent levels went down, down down. Never had to find a way to make a fourth liner into a 20+ goal scoring winger.

It’s fascinating how much the butthurt around this place reallllllllllllly affects memories.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/04/19 at 02:03 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Babcock did adjust in Detroit, but Toronto is the hot spot in the NHL. No mercy there. smirk

Posted by bigfrog on 09/04/19 at 08:31 PM ET

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