Mike Babcock to Leafs, Twitter Reacts

If you haven’t heard yet, the Toronto Maple Leafs have hired their next coach. And for those of you who didn’t think that it would happen, that new head coach is Mike Babcock.

Now, personal feelings aside – as I’m still gathering my thoughts – the move is an interesting one from the Maple Leafs standpoint. Surely, Brendan Shanahan has his plan. And in some way, Babcock fits into the mix.

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Mike Babcock has shown the ability to win. Can it translate over to the Toronto Maple Leafs? (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Now, it will be a change for the Maple Leafs in the midst of their rebuild. Between 2005-06 and 2014-15, Babcock’s team was below the league average in penalty minutes (9,809 PIM was the league average) and below the league average in fighting majors per season (35.3 majors was the league average).

In 12 NHL seasons, Babcock has missed the playoffs just once. That was in 2003-04 with the Anaheim Ducks – his team finishing 29-35-10-8. He went on to win one Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2007-08 in his third year finishing atop the division with the Wings.

With that news in place, here’s a look at how some of the Twitterverse reacted to the news of the new Maple Leafs hire.


If it didn’t come across as a shock to you that Babcock signed in Toronto, it may have been a bit of surprise to even some of the best in the business.

Here’s a look at some of the reactions stemming from members of the media as the #Babwatch came to an end.



And it didn’t end there. While every single reaction certainly can’t be incorporated, here’s a look at some of the good, the bad and the surprised reactions to the latest move by the Maple Leafs.



If this wasn’t enough, there’s much more to enjoy as the effects of Babcock have taken over Twitter. As it seems to just be the first move in a long list of changes in Toronto, expect one heck of an offseason for the Leafs, their fans, and all those people who love to hate, talk about and cover this rebuilding Toronto franchise.

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