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People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

Babwatch has ended. Let the $50 million insanity begin.

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Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock has been considering other teams. Then word came he was likely joining the Toronto Maple Leafs. This brought Babwatch to a close.

Today the team confirmed it with a tweet.

The Toronto Maple #Leafs have named Mike Babcock the 30th head coach in club history. #TMLtalk

Many fans were uncomfortably happy about the news.

Then everyone learned Babcock is being paid $50 million over eight years, the richest coaching contract in NHL history.

Top NHL coaches currently make about $2 million a year. Babcock is getting $6.25 million.

The list of highest paid NHL coaches ($/season) from back in November prior to #Leafs signing Babcock. #TSN #Babwatch

Did Leafs President Brendan Shanahan overpay?

#Shanahan's negotiations with #Babcock. #Babwatch #BabcockWatch #PrettyBabcock #Leafs #tmltalk

One thing is clear: Mike Babcock is riiiich.

Mike Babcock in his garage right now

Babcock sighted on his way to Toronto #TMLTalk @brendanshanahan

Babcock won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings. The Leafs haven't won the Cup in almost 50 years, and finished with the fourth-worst record in the NHL this year. Understandably, there is some skepticism in Leafs land.

Looks like Mike Babcock has signed on to coach the #Leafs.

Even with the Babcock hiring the Leafs parade route remains the same #48yrsAndCounting

This guy went ahead and tweeted #FireBabcock.

...just to be sure he gets credit when things inevitably fall apart.

@kirstinestewart Wanted to make sure that when it actually starts appearing in nine months I was first.

Smart plan, Steve.

Meanwhile, Babcock is doing just fine.