In his second game with Toronto on Oct. 9, Babcock felt taken back a bit when he was honored on the Joe Louis Arena video board for his accomplishments during the decade he spent in Detroit.
"It was nice of them to do," said Babcock, who signed an eight-year deal in May worth approximately $50 million to help turn around a flailing Toronto franchise. "I wish they wouldn't have to do that. I don't coach their team anymore. I'm glad this is all over with."
- per ESPN.com's game preview
I posted this when that quote came up the first time around.
"It was nice of them to do. They sure didn’t have to do that," Babcock said of the thank you. "I’ve said it a number of times, I’m glad this is all over to be honest with you. The Leafs played the Red Wings today and they won. It’s that simple." - ESPN Craig Custance
"They sure didn't have to do that" certainly gives a different impression than "I wish they wouldn't have done that"
In fact that whole quote takes on a different vibe depending on which way he said it.
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