Holy sweet jesus – hell has officially frozen over. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Mike Babcock to a monster $50M deal that will
hopefully last the next 8 years. This makes him the highest paid coach in NHL history, and frankly, he probably deserves it. Though this is far from a magic bullet, there’s no denying this is a step in the right direction for the Leafs.
It is definitely going to be interesting to see what happens to the “uncoachable” Phil Kessel and the rest of the underperforming team once training camp starts back up. Will he even make it til then?
Shanahan says that Babcock is going to have considerable input into the roster and player relations, so hopefully that translates into a better team both on and off the ice. He sat down with CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos today and reinforced that he knows the immensity of the challenge ahead of him, and you can tell he’s excited about it.
I am beyond anxious to see what else the team does in the off-season to get ready for October. God knows more big changes are needed.