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Sports Shanahan: Waiting to fire Babcock would've been wrong

15:17  21 november  2019
15:17  21 november  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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.

TORONTO — Brendan Shanahan had seen enough. And since he helped bring Mike Babcock to Sitting uncomfortably outside the playoff picture, the scuffling Leafs fired Babcock on Wednesday "It's just something that you watch and you' ve been monitoring for a while," Shanahan said of the

After announcing that the team had fired Mike Babcock , Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan meets with the media to discuss the decision and how the team's failure to meet expectations was the reason behind the decision.

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Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan provided some clarity on the organization's decision to fire head coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday.

"When you think that you know what the right decision is, you have to act on it," Shanahan told the gathered media Wednesday, per TSN. "I think that waiting at this point would have been the wrong thing."

Shanahan brought Babcock to Toronto in May 2015, signing him to an eight-year, $50-million deal. Despite finding regular-season success, the Maple Leafs were unable to escape the first round of the playoffs in each of the last three campaigns. The team's slow start this year sealed Babcock's fate.

Toronto Maple Leafs fire Mike Babcock: How Twitter reacted

  Toronto Maple Leafs fire Mike Babcock: How Twitter reacted Reporters scrambled to identify where the organization stands, analysts predicted where Babcock's future lies and a few former players offered some hot takes.The news disseminated through Twitter quickly — and analysts, reporters and more around the league offered their initial thoughts on the franchise-altering news as it sank in that Babcock would be replaced by the franchise's AHL head coach, Sheldon Keefe.

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Shanahan : Waiting to fire Babcock would ' ve been wrong . Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan provided some clarity on the organization's decision to fire head coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday. "When you think that you know what the right decision is , you have to act on it

"(General manager) Kyle (Dubas) and I are in constant communication. I think that it really just came down to the last couple of weeks," Shanahan added. "We spoke in the last 48 hours again, and I just felt that it was something that needed to be done, and Kyle felt the same way."

The Maple Leafs have lost their last six games and sit in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with a 9-10-4 record.

"Our game is not really meeting our expectations," Shanahan continued. "We're mistake-prone on defense, the attention to details aren't there. Even the explosive offense our team was known for has been missing for a while now."

Sheldon Keefe will take over as the Leafs' new head coach. The 39-year-old has served as head coach of the AHL's Toronto Marlies since 2015, leading them to a Calder Cup title in 2018 and an overall record of 199-89-22-9.

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Want a Sweet Gig? Don’t Coach the Toronto Maple Leafs .
TORONTO — If there is one thing most hockey observers can agree on, it’s that coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs is a perilous job. Mike Babcock, who was fired on Wednesday after four-plus years with the team, was the sixth Leafs coach to be dismissed since 2006, following Peter Horachek, Randy Carlyle, Ron Wilson, Paul Maurice and Pat Quinn. To replace Babcock, the team promoted Sheldon Keefe from its American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.© Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The Maple Leafs were on a six-game winless streak when Babcock was fired this week. The former N.H.L.

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