As I've already said, I don't think he's a liar. I think that $50 million dollars is a universal motive. You can say your decision will be about other things. You can mean it when you say it. But when someone offers you 50 million bucks to do something different, you change your mind.
He said his decision would be based on X,Y,and Z, and then went to a team that didn't have X,Y,and Z but DID offer him the hugest contract. It's pretty simple.
My problem isn't with Babs. It's with the way everybody is bending over backward to make excuses for the guy. Tons of people "do it for the money", he did too. Why is there some compulsive need to shield Mike Babcock from criticism? Particularly if the "criticism" isn't even that big of a deal.
You contradict yourself, though: saying that "He said his decision would be based on X,Y,and Z, and then went to a team that didn't have X,Y,and Z" is calling him a liar
That says money was the motivation. my previous post shows my reading of that.
Yeah, the money was part of the decision. I don't criticize him for that. It also seems like the new challenge was important, coaching for an original 6 franchise, also a place that worked for family (not too far from the D. More power to him if he can also swim in pool of money.
If it's Toronto, Babcock won't win there, ie second round of the playoffs for three years at least. If they sign him it's to get a big gate boost and a big name coach in hopes of signing big name free agents.
Lets get real, if Buffalo offers Babcock 50 mil and Holland offers 20 mil- he'd be out of his mind not to got to Buffalo. I can't blame him if he accepts a contract that's twice the value of the Wings offer. Realistically would any of us turn that down? Anyway it's all speculation until something happens.