I'm not so sure about that. Babs stated in his presser that his family as a whole start into a whole new period of life, if he stayed in Detroit or not. I think his main reason indeed was the challenge and what he can archive there.
In Detroit, even if he won two consecutive cups, there were others who have been there. Scotty Bowman have started build these Red Wings, he was merely jumping on board, developing what others have started. He now has the chance to become Torontos Bowman, even more than that. Heck, the last time the Maple Leafs won the cup, my parents were still teenagers and there was only a small hope that the USA might reach the moon till the end of the decade. If he brings it to Toronto he is an immortal legend instead of just the maybe greatest coach between 2000 and 2020.Sure, the money helps, but I don't flatter myself or Red Wings that it is money. It's something greater that we can't offer and I can don't blame him for taking this opportunity. Good luck Babs, you'll need it.
If that were the case then Toronto wouldn't have had to so massively overpay him for the pleasure. Hell, they could have offered roughly the same money as Detroit and been confident he'd come to Toronto because they could offer him all the "intangible" things Detroit coudn't. They could have offered him immortality. Legacy. Prestige. Greatness.
But it wasn't about any of that. They had to massively outbid everybody because otherwise Babcock wouldn't have gone there. They didn't give him that money out of the kindness of their hearts, and he didn't ask for it just for s***s and giggles.
It wasn't about winning, or family, or anything else. Eventually, as these things often do, it all came down to cash. Lidstrom stayed with the Wings for less. So did Datsyuk. And Zetterberg. And Kronwall. Because they wanted to win here.
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