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.
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.
Did Leafs President Brendan Shanahan overpay?
One thing is clear: Mike Babcock is riiiich.
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.
This guy went ahead and tweeted #FireBabcock.
...just to be sure he gets credit when things inevitably fall apart.