Sorry Leafs fans, but I tried to warn you almost a year ago when I first wrote an article on why Mike Babcock is overrated.
You were infuriated. You berated me. You told me I was an idiot. But here we are a year later, and you’ve been eliminated in the first round for the third straight season.
I hate to say I told you so, but I fucking told you so. This was your season. Maybe not to win a cup, but at the very least to get over the hump and legitimately compete in the playoffs. Yet, here we are. In a Game 7 against the Boston Bruins, a chance for redemption, a chance to overcome history, and they blew it. I know this feeling all too well. Mike Babcock was once the coach of the Detroit Red Wings, my team. The team I watched growing up. A team I watched finish the season with over 100-points in 8-of-10 seasons he coached them. In the other two seasons, the Wings scored 56-points in a 48-game season and the other scored 93-points.
How’d those teams do? We were eliminated in the first round four times and eliminated from the second round three more. Yes, we won a single Cup. But we should have won more, or at least been more competitive in the playoffs. Rather, we consistently underperformed. It’s the Babcock way.
The proof is in the pudding. Mike Babcock has been coaching in the NHL for 16 seasons. The facts are that he’s made it past the second round only four times. His teams, collectively, are .500 in the playoffs. Yet, he’s talked about as if he’s one of the greats. It doesn’t really make much sense to me.
Sorry Leafs fans, but Mike Babcock is overrated.