Mike Babcock coached the Toronto Maple Leafs for 5 seasons and though fans had high expectations and high hopes at the time of the hiring, many were left with a bad taste in their mouths when he was let go during the 2019-2020 season due to some of the decisions the coach made.
Not long after he was let go stories came out about Babcocks treatment of players, including Mitch Marner who he asked to rank his teammates from hardest to least hardest working…and then shared Marner’s opinions with the players.
Now it seems that Mike Babcock is on a redemption tour, doing interviews for the first time in a while and even taking a new coaching gig with the University of Saskatchewan.
During a sit down interview with Sportsnet, the former coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs admitted that the Leafs purposely tanked to make sure the team got Auston Matthews in the 2016 NHL draft. Watch the clip for yourself.
Had to go back and see for myself that he actually said this, he did that on purpose. pic.twitter.com/awo5WySeYP
— Holl 4 Norris (@LeafsAllDayy) February 25, 2021
This comment is sure to raise some eyebrows and have owners around the league asking questions.
Although fans of teams go along with things like tanking for a player they hope to get in the NHL draft, teams are never supposed to actively try and lose games to improve their draft position.
It will be interesting to see if anything comes from this.
Not that it’s remotely the biggest thing from that interview, but Babcock saying the Leafs were “making sure” they finished last to get Matthews will raise a few eyebrows.
— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) February 24, 2021
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