Speculation: Mike Babcock fired by the Leafs, should we take him back?

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Should we take Babcock back?

Poll closed Dec 18, 2019.
  1. Yes - fire Blashill and bring Babcock back at this season, if Babcock gets fired

    33 vote(s)
    11.7%
  2. Yes - keep Blashill for rest of the contract and bring Babcock back later, starting at 2021

    14 vote(s)
    4.9%
  3. No - keep Blashill for rest of the contract, and make coaching change at 2021

    118 vote(s)
    41.7%
  4. No - fire Blashill and bring in some other coach.

    118 vote(s)
    41.7%
  1. Henkka

    Henkka Registered User

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    How would people feel in this kind of scenario?

    Let's vote and discuss.

    Yzerman connection for Babs is very strong.
     
  2. Lampedampe

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    No, he's a stubborn old man with waay too big of an ego.
     
  3. Go Wings

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    More like when he gets fired
     
  4. Bondurant

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    What is the benefit of bringing Babs back other than he's a name?
     
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  5. Henkka

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    Better coach than current one?

    That's the only benefit for any coaching change in general.
     
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    He had his chance to come back but he took the money instead. So no.
     
  7. Henkka

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    That was Don Cherry.

    Not sure about Babs.
     
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    No thanks to Babcock. Let's be honest, he really doesn't have a great playoff record with good teams. 1 Cup and lots of early losses with still good teams. Not only that, we had him, and Blashill is just another Babcock for the most part, and is stuck in his ways which don't seem to work anymore. After this season, fire Blashill and replace with an outside hire, we have done the inside hire and it isn't that great.
     
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    If I were Toronto I d trade Mathews, you can get so much for that punk. Yzerman will make write decision , he knows Babcock so well.
     
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    Babcock likes to stir the pot because of his ego. Things like not letting Modano get to 1500 games (sitting him with just 2 more needed games). He also wanted Spezza in Toronto, and scratches him in his first game against his old club for no other reason then to send a message that a veteran doesn't really need. He does lots of little things like this, which alienate a lot of people.
     
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    I wanted DJ Smith here. He was the coach in Windsor who made Boughner look good, won a Memorial Cup as HC in Oshawa, and I believe was the guy in Toronto that kept the team together in spite of Babcock.
     
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    While Babcock is an upgrade on Blashill they are one in the same. It's like upgrading diarrhea to solid stool. Yeah solid stool is better but it's still poop.
     
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    No. How about an option to keep jeff Blashill without having a predetermined date to move on from him, e.g. 2021? Just play it by ear. We'll see what happens.
     
  15. Henkka

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    Nice.

    First name raised up, and not just bashing others, without any alternative options.
     
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    This is where I am. But I am not a fan of bringing Babcock back.

    Gronborg or if Lavy loses out in Nashville would be my current choices.
     
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    Babcock got one Cup out of a bunch of veteran, stacked Wings teams. He's gotten zero playoff series wins out of some young, stacked Leafs teams.

    We have a good top line and Filip Hronek.

    I dunno that our situation is screaming for a Mike Babcock right now.
     
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    No - keep Blashill, assemble a talented team and see what happens.
     
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    I know I'm really late to this party but the other week I fully listened to that radio interview with Mike Commodore where he just went off about Mike Babcock. I read the quotes when they first came out but I never accessed the entire interview.

    Hilarious stuff. Not sure how much I believe it but it's not completely unfathomable to imagine Babs as that much of a narcissist.
     
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    No, keep Babs as far away from our prospects as possible. Let Blash see things through with our current roster.
     
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    If Babcock was coaching this team our first line would not be playing together and Abdelkader, Helm etc would be getting 17+ minutes a night alongside our best players.

    I was watching the Leafs the other day and his player utilization is absolutely laughable. He thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room playing all these grinders in big situations and it rarely works. He’s not a bad guy by any means but he needs a reality check big time if he wants to stay successful in this league.
     
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    I really wish there was a plain old NO answer. My answer is "No" regardless of what happens with Blashill.

    Also, I picked the 3rd choice - make coaching change in 2021 - even though I'd be fine with a coaching change sooner than that. I'm really somewhere between poll choices 3 and 4.
     
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    Commodore is seriously unhinged when it comes to Babcock.

    I wouldn't be surprised at all if Babcock was a total jerk, but Commodore has been ranting about him for over 7 years now, claiming Babcock ruined his career. It went from entertaining to just sad at this point. Move on dude.

    As for the question in the OP, no thanks. It's just not time and though it's not really based on logic, there's more appeal to me in turning over a new leaf than bringing in a guy who's coached the Wings for 10 years. The Wings aren't not Montreal.
     
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  24. nb2928

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    Absolutely not, if he can't hack it with that kind of line-up, he's not going to here.

    Babs is/was a good coach, but he always get's more credit than he should imo. His name is boosted thanks to the likes of Lidstrom, Datsyuk, and Zetterberg.

    I say give Blash a shot to finish his contract, unlike Babcock, he hasn't had a decent line-up to work with.
     
  25. Henkka

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    It's interesting, when somebody's success is never anybody's credit.
     

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