It’s crazy, with everything that’s happened in the last year, it seems like it’s been ages since the Leafs fired Mike Babcock, and yet it also doesn’t seem like it’s even been a year with how much hockey has happened since then.
I still remember when it happened. I was filming an interview for a school project, and I checked my phone as I was packing up to find at least 30 missed calls, texts, and messages from other social media apps asking me about my thoughts. Considering how I had been on the “Fire Babs” bandwagon for almost a year at that point, a lot of people figured I’d be happy about it, I guess.
Which I was. I was growing frustrated with Babcock during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 due to his very inconsistent analysis on player talent, but I always defended him because he was at least a good systems coach. Come 2018-19, and he was making very interesting choices on his systems for a highly skilled team, and after a hot start, the team was starting to show it’s inconsistencies as the season went on.
But it wasn’t until February 12, 2019 …
Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation