It was last month that the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock, but it did not take long for rumours to get loud on where he would coach next.
Opportunities have arisen with, for example, the latest dismissal in the NHL of Pete DeBoer in San Jose, but on Thursday night during the edition of Insider Trading on TSN, Pierre LeBrun gave a hint of what is Babcock’s decision when it comes to his coaching future for the rest of the season. LeBrun explained the situation while talking about Babs and DeBoer:
“I think that’s the plan right now, my understanding is that Pete DeBoer – while I think there will be interest in a hurry – wants to decompress and take the rest of the season off. He’s got another year on his deal for $3 million and I don’t think he wants to rush in to looking at offers. Same for Mike Babcock, I think there are teams interested in talking to him, but his plan is to take the rest of the year off. Babcock’s name came up when Pete DeBoer got fired, and again I think San Jose wants to give Bob Boughner the rest of the year.”
It seems Babcock prefers to wait before taking the reins of another team. Some people believe that he will need to evolve to get back in the NHL and be trusted again as a bench boss.
This might be what he works at during his time off…