According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Mike Babcock is the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal is reportedly worth an astounding $50 million over eight years.
Babcock’s future was in limbo since Detroit was eliminated during the first round of the playoffs, and had been linked to the San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres.
According to the Detroit Free-Press, the Red Wings offered Babcock a four-year, $13 million contract, which would have made Babcock the NHL’s highest paid coach.
The Toronto Maple Leafs officially fired Randy Carlyle on Wednesday. While they have named an interim coach, they are desperately looking for a long term solution to their coaching situation.
According to Ken Campbell, he believes Guy Boucher is an underdog who could perform well as the team’s coach.
Rich Chere has revealed that the New Jersey Devils would allow the Leafs to talk to Peter DeBoer.
Damien Cox has suggested that the Leafs push hard for Mike Babcock. Andy Strickland has stated that Babcock’s contract negotiations are not progressing well, due to his demands for a massive pay increase, which he is backstopping with his Olympic success. Babcock could easily handle the pressure in Toronto.
Cox also suggested that the Leafs keep Bruce Boudreau on their radar, should he be fired if the Anaheim Ducks struggle to go deep in the playoffs.
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From January 6th edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:
Darren Dreger says there’s a chance that Mike Babcock becomes the next coach of the Leafs, but says it’s mostly wishful thinking. He says Babcock isn’t looking for another project, which the Leafs would be. He also suggests that Babcock feels a responsibility to move the coaching pay scale forward, and wonders if the Leafs would be willing to pay a coach upwards of $4 million annually. Pierre Lebrun doesn’t think that the big movement from Mike Babcock or Ken Holland and ownership in contract negotiations will happen until later in the year.
A graphic lists Ken Holland, Claude Julien, Todd McLellan, Peter DeBoer, Paul MacLean, Dan Bylsma, Peter Horacek, Steve Spott, and Kevin Dineen as potential coaching candidates. Pierre Lebrun says Julien and McLellan might be on short leashes in Boston and San Jose respectively, and are potentially on Toronto’s shortlist.
Dreger says the Leafs are “open for business”, and may re-visit interest in Dion Phaneuf from a Western Conference team this past summer. He also suggests the Leafs will listen on Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, and even Phil Kessel.
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Bob Duff of the Windsor Star reports that Mike Babcock’s new contract extension should be finalized “sooner rather than later”.
Duff says the contract will make him the NHL’s highest paid coach, which has been widely speculated previously. Previous reports suggest it will eventually be a five-year contract.
2014-15 is Babcock’s tenth season with the Red Wings. He’s gone 432-204-97 with the club and lead them to their 2007-08 Stanley Cup victory.
From TSN’s Insider Trading, December 2, 2014:
Darren Dreger says nothing is imminent for the Oilers, though they are looking for help at center, defense and in goal. Dreger says that Jordan Eberle is the “biggest chip in play” though his current play isn’t doing much to enhance his marketability at a $6 million cap hit. He says Craig MacTavish won’t fire head coach Dallas Eakins unless things get a lot worse.
Pierre Lebrun wonders if St. Louis will be Martin Brodeur‘s final destination this season. With Brian Elliott expected to be out only a number of weeks, there could be a potential three goalie scenario impending in St. Louis, along with youngster Jake Allen. Brodeur was signed to fill a short term need, but it’s unclear what happens when that need is alleviated. Lebrun says the Blues would only move Brodeur with his permission.
Darren Dreger says that Vincent Lecavalier, a recent healthy scratch for Flyers coach Craig Berube, may be marketing a possible early retirement in order to facilitate a trade from the Flyers, which he desires. Dreger says some close to Lecavalier says he may only play until the end of the 2015-16 season, three fifths through his five year contract. Lecavalier’s salary drops from $6 million this season to $4.5 million next season to $3 million in each of his last two.
Darren Dreger reports that Mike Babcock is expected to be getting a 4-to-5 year contract offer from Ken Holland and the Red Wings with an annual salary more than any other NHL coach.
The Red Wings have re-signed general manager Ken Holland to a four year extension.
Holland, the Wings’ GM since 1997, had a contract expiring after the 2014-15 season.
Next up for the Wings figures to be head coach Mike Babcock, who has made it clear he doesn’t wish to negotiate an extension during the season.
Helene St. James reports Mike Babcock has no intention of negotiating a new contract during the 2014-15 season:
Babcock’s contract is up after upcoming season.
Babcock has coached the Wings since 2005-06, leading them to a 415-198-91 record and the 2007-08 Cup.