Mike Babcock received interest from almost every NHL team that is in search of a head coach. Babcock was given permission by his former team, the Detroit Red Wings to speak with any NHL teams interested in his services. According to multiple sources across the National Hockey League, Babock has been hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs to be the team’s’ new head coach.
The Maple Leafs confirmed the deal earlier today:
Brendan Shanahan, President and Alternate Governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced today that Mike Babcock has been named the 30th head coach in the club’s history. Babcock, 52, joins the Leafs after serving as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings for the past 10 seasons.
The Maple Leafs and Babcock also reportedly agreed to a 8-year 50 million dollar deal with the option to opt-out of the contract after fives seasons.
Sources say Mike Babcock has been hired by the Maple Leafs. Mammoth 8 yr contract believed to be around $50 million.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 20, 2015
To reset: Babcock to TOR. Eight-year deal, but there may be an "out" after five. Full value is approx $50M, but front loaded….
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 20, 2015
Babcock posted a career record of 458-223-105 in 10 seasons with the team. His overall record as head coach is 527-285-119. In 144 playoff games, Babcock is 82-62. Under Babcock the Red Wings won the President’s Trophy twice, won the Stanley Cup once, and made the playoffs every year under Babcock.
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