Maple Leafs spend big to bring Mike Babcock behind the bench
The Maple Leafs hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach.
The former Red Wings coach was one of the most sought after free agent coaches ever and will be reportedly be making $50 million over 8 years.
Babcock has led the Red Wings to 2 Presidents’ Trophy’s a Stanley cup and was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2014.
He has led his teams to the Stanley Cup Final three times and the Western Conference Finals four times.
Babcock also led Canada to gold at the Olympics in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi. He also won gold medals at the at the World Championships in 2004 and in 1997, he led Canada to gold at the World Junior Championships.
Babcock takes over a Maple Leafs club that has missed the playoffs 9 of the last 10 seasons.
The Leafs fired head coach Randy Carlyle in January and replaced him on interim basis with assistant Peter Horachek.
The Leafs will make the hiring official at a news conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Ryan decided to put a catchy tune together, anticipating the announcement of Babcock new team:
With news of Mike Babcock coming to Toronto, Derringer looks back at some great Maple Leafs coaches: