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Offline Michael

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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2015, 02:07:01 PM »
Wow. Just wow.

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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2015, 02:07:46 PM »
Maybe the best part about this is how much we totally screwed over Buffalo here.

"Awww you want Babcock? Too bad!"

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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2015, 02:08:52 PM »
Wow, I'm starting to get impressed with Shanahan.  I still think he pulled the trigger on a rebuild 1 year too late (losing out on McDavid/Eichel), but otherwise, he's made some good changes to the organization.

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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2015, 02:11:40 PM »
I wonder if that MLSE jet is flying Kessel and Phaneuf out of town now.

I'm pretty excited to see what Babcock can do on his end to turn this team around.  I would also like to have heard some of the conversations regarding Leaf player personnel.  He's seen this team enough to know at least who he doesn't want around next season.
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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2015, 02:12:26 PM »
I'm very curious to see what sort of power he has over and above being head coach.

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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2015, 02:12:27 PM »
So exciting, a new baby and new coach on the same day!!!

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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2015, 02:13:00 PM »
So exciting, a new baby and new coach on the same day!!!

Congrats WIGWALS.

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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2015, 02:15:29 PM »
So exciting, a new baby and new coach on the same day!!!

You know, Mike is a heck of a name.
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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2015, 02:16:22 PM »
So exciting, a new baby and new coach on the same day!!!

This deserves it's own thread!  Congrats to you and Mrs. Wigwal!!!! A new leaf fan and a new head coach! Awesome news.

And honestly, I didn't think he'd come to Toronto but I'm pleasantly surprised.

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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2015, 02:17:24 PM »
I.... uh..... what?

But wait... what ? Is.... what ?

This is bananas!

Wow. I think I sat in a silent stunned glorious grin for about 60 seconds.

This is a glorious, glorious day.
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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2015, 02:22:16 PM »
I love the sour grapes coming from the Sabres' blogger on Hockeybuzz (I know, I know).  Now Buffalo is the smart team, and the Leafs are in instant turmoil, with Dubas and Hunter sure to be screwed over by Babcock   ;D

Elliotte Friedman confirms that the Leafs have signed off on giving Babcock player personnel decision making power. In other words, Babcock now has the juice to back door his GM whenever he wants to. I would hate to be Toronto's new GM. Keep your head on a swivel Mark Hunter and Kyle Dubas. Babcock's ego may become intolerable in Toronto. I applaud Tim Murray for sticking to his guns and no giving total personnel permission and control to Babcock. Looks like that was the deal breaker in Buffalo.

So, Babcock's agent took Buffalo's best financial offer to Toronto and the Leafs agrees to meet it.

All the more reason for Sabres fans to hate the Maple Leafs.

Greasy move, Mike.
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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2015, 02:23:38 PM »
An article from a Sabres beat-reporter:

Through all of this odd hero-worshipping, a few points stand out:

---I'd like to know why seemingly everyone, especially in the Canadian media, has automatically deemed Babcock the best coach in the NHL? Just because of those two Olympic gold medals? I think Joel Quenneville, among others, might have a thing or two to say about that. Sorry, it didn't take some immense coaching genius for Babcock to put Sidney Crosby on the ice for an offensive zone faceoff in overtime of the gold-medal game in Vancouver.

---It strikes me that the best coach in the NHL shouldn't be on a six-year run of not getting his team past the second round of the playoffs -- especially when four of those teams had at least 100 points in the regular season.

---It strikes me that the best coach in the NHL and a man constantly referred to as a future Hall of Famer should have more than one Stanley Cup.

---It strikes me that the best coach in the NHL should have had all kinds of teams, winners and losers, banging down his door when he proclaimed he was a free agent.


http://sabres.buffalonews.com/2015/05/20/instant-reaction-not-signing-babcock-isnt-a-huge-setback-to-sabres-rebuild/

Now imagine how the article would have sounded if Babcock picked Buffalo haha

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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2015, 02:24:38 PM »
I LOVE this.... finally! an awesome coach in Toronto...... my son the RedWings fan understandably devastated/depressed/po'd about this...

Hope he starts with a broom to the floaters.......

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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2015, 02:26:11 PM »

And 3...2...1...until Sabres or Senators fans start talking about how we need a salary cap on coaches.
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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2015, 02:31:54 PM »

And 3...2...1...until Sabres or Senators fans start talking about how we need a salary cap on coaches.

I'll be really interested to see if this starts to raise the salaries of other coaches like Babcock apparently wanted. Or if other owners just scoff at those demands.

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Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2015, 02:31:54 PM »