Not necessarily. I'd agree with you but there wasn't a bidding war from the Leafs side according to Shanny and Babs. The Leafs made the offer before Babcock was heading to Prague. The only one that raised their offer were the Red Wings. If you believe that is of course your choice, but I haven't seen any media piece that says otherwise. What does it tell us ? Well, Babs didn't demand that kind of money and I'm sure he'd still choose the Maple Leafs if we matched that offer or if the Leafs offer wasn't better than our first.
"It all comes down to cash" is a too simple answer. Decisions are made because of a number of reasons. Money may have played a role, but all the other factors mentioned here in the thread and by Babs were probably more significant. If everything came down to money no one would have blamed Babs if he said so. He could have just sat in the presser and told the media that the Leafs made the best offer money wise. Would you blamed him ? I sure wouldn't. Almost nobody would. Instead he made lengthy explanation that sounds reasonable for a guy like him.
He did say that in the presser. He said that Toronto made an offer he couldn't refuse. Every other thing he said would factor into the decision went right out the window when that offer was made.
He said his family's input would make a difference. They wanted to stay. He left.
He said he didn't want to be part of a rebuild. Toronto is rebuilding. He signed.
He was concerned about Detroit's future prospects. Ours are better than Toronto's. He signed with them.
He said he wants to win. Went to one of the league's worst franchises.
I'm not even lambasting the guy. I'd have left for that money too. I'm just wondering why everybody feels the need to act like this was all about something it wasn't.
Detroit has a long history of people who have PROVEN that they'd rather win than make the most money. Not just said it. Did it. They've done it over and over and over. From Holland to all of our star players, each could have made more money if they'd hit the free market. They chose not to because they liked being here, and so they were willing to take less.
But Mike Babcock isn't one of those guys. He's not Nick Lidstom. He's Sergei Fedorov. Nothing wrong with Sergei, great Wing, great player, decent guy. Same with Babs. But they both chased the money. Plain and simple.
I've had a really hard time getting intrigued by any of this..
I've came to the conclusion that.
I honestly don't care what happens.
The beauty of having been a fan of this franchise all my life has taught me that no matter what they do, they'll be competitive and most likely, at least make the playoffs.
Sure, some of you can give me one hundred reasons why this may be coming to an end, and some of them, I see some semblance of a cause for concern...
But they'll be fine either way.
I just really.
Could not care less about this.
I have faith in the franchise, not a singular person in it.
The sum is greater than the parts.
Ugh, I don't know why I have such an aversion to guys sliding across the ice on their knees. I mean, I realize it's an important game, and you just scored a hat trick, and that tons of guys have done way worse and all. But I still get this overwhelming urge to throw a battery at his head when I see him do it.
SCREW THIS TEAM SCREW THE STUPID PLAYOFF STREAK! SEEEYA LATER BABCOCK BLOW THIS s*** UP EVERY YEAR SINCE 08 WE HAVE DONE THE SAME s***BLOW IT UP WE WONT WIN A CUP EVER AGAIN WITH THIS CORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the start of the forum turning into a toilet on the verge of flushing.....
What a great series. Wish it turned out different, but that is the way the cookie crumbles.
Look at the bright side, the Griffins won tonight and they are going to get some horses back for their playoff run.
Oh come on Rick. You talk about hockey - you know the game - give us some real thoughts, please.
Real thoughts. It will take either some really bad luck, or an incredible effort from Tampa to end Detroit's season tomorrow. Babcock will have a plan, the structure will be in place and all the heat is on Tampa. 4-2 Wings.