The speculation about Mike Babcock’s coaching future can end. He is staying at the helm of the Maple Leafs.
“We’re all in on Mike and Mike is all in on us,” Leafs GM Kyle Dubas told TSN on Monday. “We’ve had productive management meetings as an organization and Mike and I have had some really good meetings as well since the season ended. It’s our very strong belief Mike is the one to lead us, that’s the reality of it.”
Dubas started the speculation when the Leafs season ended, when he suggested the coach’s job was under review.
The coach was on the hot spot when some of his decisions in the team’s Game 7 loss came under heavy scrutiny, such as playing aging star Patrick Marleau more than burgeoning superstar Auston Matthews.
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The speculation boiled over Monday when the Edmonton Oilers hired Ken Holland as GM. Holland and Babcock worked together in Detroit. The Oilers need a coach and speculation was Holland would look for a way to get Babcock out of Toronto, or perhaps wait to see if Dubas would fire him.
Babcock agreed to an eight-year, $50-million (U.S.) deal to coach the Leafs in 2015.
Kevin McGran is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @kevin_mcgran
Published at Mon, 06 May 2019 23:44:09 +0000