Toronto's an awesome city, I've lived here my entire life - The problem here is the size of the market and the historic lack of results across the board.
The Leafs haven't won a cup or been in the finals since 1967 - and haven't won a playoff series since 2004.
The Raptors have only qualified for the playoffs 7 times in history - and haven't won a playoff series since 2001.
The Blue Jays haven't qualified for the playoff since 1993.
This is the 3rd biggest city in North America, and we haven't had anything to celebrate since a first round playoff win in 2004 (although I am not a leafs fan). The media here is overwhelming, but even worse when every team is so bad... The signing of Mike Babcock is overblown but unfortunately the best thing to happen to the Leafs in a long time - as Red Wings fans we understand that he hasn't exactly been turning water into wine, and that he is in fact overrated, but it still represents improvement and direction to a franchise so desperately in need.
Word has it that Babs is a reason why players don't want to come here. Wasn't there a poll where Babs was voted the coach that players would least like to play for? I'm just hoping that with him gone it may help us. I'm guessing most NHL players don't really have an opinion on Blashill.
Maybe we can start signing players since we've been getting screwed the past couple of seasons.
That's what I have been thinking since the news broke!
No hard feelings towards Babs or Toronto for that matter. I honestly think things just got too stale with him here and both the organization and him needed a change. Mr. I didn't low ball him at all and he left for more money. Best of luck to him but I really think this was a move that had to happen.
It's a much needed change, after a lot of first round playoff exits and the same formula being implemented year after year, something needs to give. A fresh coach is always a new beginning, new strategies, line combinations, and maybe a bit more logical use with our prospects. It's time to give some of the kids a shot on D all season and working towards our future.
Best wishes to Babcock, and all he did while he was here in Detroit. Toronto is a complete disaster, and I hope he knows what he's getting into there. No sour feelings on my end.
More money, and as a Canadian chasing the dream of turning that crapfest of a franchise into something respectable. Foolish, but I can understand the dream.
And the extra millions would probably help cushion the potential failure a bit.
I really don't blame him, and I wouldn't be shocked if they end up becoming more successful than any of us would like. But who would be surprised if it blew up in his face. They're giving him a lot of guaranteed money and upfront money to take this gamble; this contract will have him and his family set for life, and an exceedingly lush life at that.
This is my big question. I'm shocked that he went to Toronto (thought he was staying or going to Buffalo, to be honest), but now that he's gone the next question is who do we have in the pipeline? Blashill is great, obviously. Who comes after him? It's like having a good backup goaltender. We need depth.
And this board needs someone to yearn for when we get bored of Blashill.