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Sports Babcock: I'll coach 'as hard as I can, as long as I can'

08:05  19 november  2019
08:05  19 november  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Mike Babcock isn't paying attention to rumors about his job security as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. " I 'm going to do it as hard as I can , as long as I can ," Babcock told TSN on Monday. " I 've always bet on Mike Babcock , I ' ll continue to bet on him." The Maple Leafs (9-9-4) are 0-4-1 since

Mike Babcock wearing a suit and tie© Kevin Sousa / National Hockey League / Getty

With speculation about his job security running rampant, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock is confident he'll get his team back on track.

"I'm gonna do it as hard as I can, as long as I can. I've always bet on Mike Babcock, I'll continue to bet on him," the Leafs' bench boss told TSN on Monday.

Babcock is on the hot seat with the Maple Leafs mired in a five-game losing streak and outside the playoff picture. The club has looked listless in several recent efforts, and Toronto ranks in the bottom portion of the league in power-play efficiency (16.7%), penalty kill (75%), and expected goals at five-on-five (48.3%).

Toronto Maple Leafs fire head coach Mike Babcock, promote Sheldon Keefe to role

  Toronto Maple Leafs fire head coach Mike Babcock, promote Sheldon Keefe to role TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Mike Babcock replaced him with Sheldon Keefe. Babcock had a record of 9-10-4 in 2019-20 for the struggling Leafs, who are 0-5-1 in their last six games, including five straight losses in regulation. Hired as part of Toronto's massive rebuild in the spring of 2015, the 56-year-old Babcock went 173-133-45 in his four-plus seasons with Toronto. After signing the richest coaching contract in NHL history at US$50 million over eight years, Babcock got Toronto to the playoffs the last three straight seasons, but was unable to advance beyond the first round.

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The 56-year-old is in his fifth season with the Maple Leafs after signing an eight-year contract that made him the highest-paid coach in NHL history, earning $6.25 million per season.

"I'm in a pretty good spot in my life, my kids are grown. If my kids were young, I'd never coach in Toronto," Babcock added.

The 9-9-4 Maple Leafs continue their current western road trip this week, taking on the Vegas Golden Knights, Arizona Coyotes, and Colorado Avalanche.

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Dubas reflects on role in Babcock's departure: 'We couldn't become simpatico' .
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas is holding himself accountable for the departure of former head coach Mike Babcock. "I'm disappointed in myself that coming into the job, knowing Mike was the coach, you certainly want everything to work out," Dubas told assembled media, including TSN, on Thursday. " I tried to do as best I could and I'm disappointed in myself and only myself that it didn't work out, that we couldn't"I'm disappointed in myself ... that coming into the job, knowing Mike was the coach, you certainly want everything to work out," Dubas told assembled media, including TSN, on Thursday.

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