We know what factors were supposed to determine his final decision because over the last three weeks he has explicitly, AND PUBLICLY, stated the things that would factor into his final decision. It wasn't a secret. The fact that those things don't seem to exist in Toronto is the confounding part.
I imagine it's because he never thought that he'd get the offer he did from the Maple Leafs, and when he did, it forced him to re-evaluate his priorities. Which is totally fine. But you can't accept that as the truth and then say "but it wasn't about the money".
Otherwise, he really was lying when he talked about winning, and family, and "not having the next Dats, Z, Kronwall", and all the rest of that crap. And as much as I think Babcock is a obnoxious, egotistical, blowhard, I don't think he's a liar.
And that's the last thing I'm saying on the topic of Mike Babcock's decision. I'm a Wings fan. I don't give a s*** about the Toronto Maple Leafs, their players, or their coach. They're all a bunch of losers to me.
Helm isn't going anywhere , seriously doubt it he can play the wing as well and has a ton of speed
Tell Babs when he comes calling for glendening to pay up a 1st or take a hike lol
At times Helm was a force to reckon with in the post season...He's finally turning into the player that we had hoped he'd become, but then again - as bad as it sounds - maybe his trade value is at a all time high, and what we get in return will fill a few holes?
On a side note, I do think he's a great coach, but I would trade him for Quenville if that was an option. I'm hesitant to want him gone because I don't know what better options there are, which admittedly is influenced by ignorance, I'm not an authority on coach talent. But if coaches do have shelf lives, I don't think we're a new coach away from a Stanley cup, so if roster adjustments are made as well I wouldn't be too sad to try something new.
Babs is arguably the hottest available coaching commodity hence all the speculation (also keep in mind Toronto wants him badly).
I'm indifferent overall...Part of me thinks this team needs some fresh ideas, and maybe a style better suited for what players we have...Then again - is there anyone available that can get the most outta a team that appears to have a 'ordinary' roster?