After a disappointing outing in the playoffs, many (including myself) we’re maybe calling for his job to be questioned. And with Edmonton’s recent hiring of Ken Holland, there was question that he might try and bring Babcock with him in a “parting of ways” scenario. Well, we finally have our answer.
Mike Babcock will be back as head coach in TOR. Leaf GM Kyle Dubas, when asked about Babcock’s status:
“We’re all in on Mike and Mike is all in on us. We’ve had productive management meetings as an organization and Mike and I have had some really good meetings as well…
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 6, 2019
And honestly, this is probably a smart move for Dubas. While I do think that Babs is a bit behind the times, and is incredibly stubborn (so much that it probably cost us a couple of playoff series wins against the Bruins), but it probably wouldn’t have been a good move on Dubas’ part to can him after he was the GM for one season.
If that were the case, this is suddenly a really reactionary move, and puts Dubas on the hot seat already if the Leafs were to do worse next season. As bold as it would’ve been, it’s probably better to start the year with him, under the expectations that he will adapt, and if he doesn’t, then you look into firing him.
This isn’t going to rocket the team forward by any means, but it’s not making things worse either, unless we either a) lose Sheldon Keefe, or b) Babs galaxy brains the team to the point where they don’t make the playoffs next year.
At this point, you just hope that DJ Smith gets picked up by another team, and make Keefe an assistant coach. If the entire coaching staff is back, I’ll be mad, but if Babs is the only returning one, I’m fine with that, as long as he makes the proper adjustments that this team needs.
But based on his history, I doubt that happens.