The Mike Babcock Watch (a.k.a. #Babwatch) has consumed the hockey world on Wednesday, and that world shook with this news:
The Buffalo Sabres are out of the Mike Babcock business.
Yes, with Jack Eichel on the way, and an old friend from the Anaheim days in Tim Murray, and all of the money that owner Terry Pegula was dumping on his lawn … Mike Babcock will not be coaching the Sabres, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun.
That leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were mentioned as a finalist early on Wednesday after appearing out of the running earlier in the week; the St. Louis Blues, where Babcock could take over as coach and have friend Ken Hitchcock move upstairs; or San Jose, which was in talks with Babcock, although their seriousness wasn’t established. (And that would mean replacing former assistant coachRead More »from Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings out of Mike Babcock derby