Oddsmakers: Babcock the betting favourite to be next Maple Leafs coach, GM

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Could Detroit Red Wings and Canadian Olympic men’s ice hockey team head coach Mike Babcock be both the next general manager and coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs? 

It seems unlikely, as the dual coach and general manager role has gone the way of the stand up goaltender and the one-dimensional enforcer. That said, according to on-line sports book Bodog.ca, Babcock is the odds-on favourite to replace both Dave Nonis and Peter Horachek in their respective roles with the Maple Leafs. 

Here are the full odds on who will replace Peter Horachek as the next head coach of the Maple Leafs, as priced out by Bodog.ca:

Who will be the next Full Time Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Mike Babcock 9/5
Todd McLellan 9/4
Jeff Blashill 9/2
Dan Bylsma 11/2
Doug Gilmour 6/1
Peter DeBoer 6/1
Dallas Eakins 13/2

Dallas Eakins??!? He deserves longer odds after the clustercuss that was his Edmonton Oilers tenure.

So the betting favourites are Babcock, McLellan, Blashill and Bylsma. That’s a nice roster of talent. Taken as a whole it would seem that at the very least the oddsmakers expect Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan to land a stellar talent to serve as the club’s bench boss next season.

Here are Bodog.ca’s full odds for the next general manager oft the Maple Leafs:

Who will be the next Full Time General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Mike Babcock 2/1
Mike Futa 5/2
Ray Shero 9/2
Peter Chiarelli 6/1
Doug Wilson 10/1
Paul Fenton 10/1
Sean Burke 10/1
Julien Brisebois 12/1
Jason Botterill 12/1
Kyle Dubas 25/1

I guess Bodog.ca is buying into the notion that Babcock wants to, not just coach a team, but assemble it as well.

Behind Babcock as betting favourites to be the next general manager of the Maple Leafs includes ex-Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero (hope you like drafting defenseman!), current Los Angeles Kings assistant general manager Mike Futa, and recently deposed Boston Bruins executive Peter Chiarelli, who would seem to be something of a long shot for the job according to the formulation of TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

  • jasken

    What a load of crap this is I had it pegged on January 7, 2015 http://theleafsnation.com/2015/1/7/wwyd-bench-boss-edition and now you people print it up as something new. I heard of rehashing old dead news but seriously that is what this is.

    Here is what I said “It’s an understanding a coach people dont get Shanny wants Babcock and he wants him long term. In a perfect world I would make Babcock the GM/Coach give him full power make the team the way he wants the same way Quinn had it. If this is what it takes and what Babcock wants just hand him the contract and let him sign.”

    No one even had any inclination he wanted to be a GM now it’s everywhere kinda bites honestly and takes all the fun out of it.

  • jasken

    I think this is the only way Babcock would come here—getting the keys to the whole operation. But if that’s the case, I hope he’s ready for a long struggle. Can you imagine how many years it will take him to coach this young inexperienced team in the right direction, continue drafting, make trades etc and THEN finally take this outfit to the promised land. How old is he? He may not want to lose that nice set of hair here. 😉 then again the rewards and fruits of success in Toronto might outweigh the drawbacks.

  • Tom B

    Don’t think Babcock would be too fond of the idea that its a group effort and not just him calling the shots.

    Also, I remember maybe last year or the year before that in the baseball offseason when the Blue Jays were Las Vegas odds favourites to win the world series.

  • Tom B

    I don’t believe for a moment that Babcock has any interest in moving from a decorated playoff team to the beginning of a rebuild, but there are a few things in favour of this notion:

    1) Give him all the moneys
    2) You can give him “GM powers” through this GM by committee business. Giving him more roster control and input is great, but he is still kept in check by the fact that he doesn’t have final say and that it’s team decision making.

    So the leafs can offer more money and more power to be on a worse team.

    I’d also like to see Sean Burke on that team as well in some capacity. very impressive resume so far.

  • silentbob

    “The situation in Toronto is a little unconventional, an untraditional – quote, unquote – general managers job,” McKenzie said. “(Chiarelli) might be looking for that more traditional configuration (where he calls the shots). It doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a quick marriage, that’s for sure.”

    This is why the coach/GM combo job MIGHT be in the cards for Babcock. They can give him the GM title along with Head Coach, showing that he has more input into player decisions then a “traditional” coach does and justifying the 5-6 million dollar salary he will apparently be seeking.

    Our head office seems to be structured in such a way that Babcock can focus more on coaching without the GM position being neglected.