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. DetroitRed

    DetroitRed Crashes the Crease

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    Another argument for not accepting Babcock and keeping Blashill is that if you squint, you can pretend Blashill is really the short-haired version of Paul Maurice, wearing slightly different glasses. You can't do that with Babcock.
     
  2. waltdetroit

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    This may be old news but Eliot clarifies some statments in his article:

    "3. Chris Chelios’s Spittin’ Chiclets interview about Babcock had some confusing timelines, because when the Johan Franzen incident occurred (as Nashville eliminated Detroit in Game 5 of the 2012 first round), Chelios was no longer on the Red Wings. He referenced a meeting Ken Holland had with the players, where the GM defended his coach. I think this has to do with Marty McSorley. McSorley worked on San Jose Sharks broadcasts, and once said none of the Red Wings liked playing for Babcock. Word got back to Detroit reporters, who asked Holland about it. (The current Edmonton GM declined to discuss this, but did speak to the Detroit Free Press’s Helene St. James about the Franzen incident.)
    What I heard is Holland didn’t like how players gave McSorley that information, and told them that if they wanted to say anything to him (or be traded), they could meet him privately in his office and he would keep those conversations secret. I don’t believe anyone asked out. McSorley left his Sharks’ TV role following the 2006-07 season. Anyway, just some clarity on that situation."

    31 Thoughts: A 'Code of Conduct' is coming to the NHL - Sportsnet.ca
     
  3. Ricelund

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    I wonder if Babcock would be willing to come in on an interim basis (remainder of '19-20) if Yzerman ends up firing Blashill.

    He could take the remaining ~3.5 months to assess the team and install a real system. It would give him a chance to show his worth/rehab his image a bit before next season. It would give the Wings a good look at what they've got under a proven coach.
     
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    If I'm Babcock, I'm waiting for Cooper to get fired and taking over down in Tampa, and beating Toronto in the playoffs.
    Until I find that perfect place, I just keep collecting my check from Toronto.

    Besides, I personally don't think I could stomach Babcock returning.
     
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  5. Dotter

    Dotter life feels like a test I didn’t study for

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    I'd be all for it at this point.
     
  6. Sir Savage the 21st

    Sir Savage the 21st Oy Mate, you having a giggle?

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    In these troubling times, I'd prefer a Player's first coach.

    This season is already hard mentally for the players, a guy like Babcock may destroy whatever confidence they have left. If Bruce Boudreau is let go, I'd love him. Yeah, he never gets it done in his playoffs, but he has noted success with younger players and in the regular season. Ride him for 2-3 years and then boot him for a Babcockish coach when we're entering our window.
     

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