After the Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs for the third year in a row, many believed Mike Babcock's future was in question.
Should Babcock be on the hot seat?
Sure, even general manager Kyle Dubas said nobody was guaranteed to be back even himself after another disappointing playoff exit.
With the summer months to calm things down, it seems everybody feels a bit better and Dubas commented on if a rough start would see Babcock handed a pink slip.
“I don’t look at it that the team has to win ‘X’ amount of games or Mike has to do anything. Mike’s proven himself elite a long time. What we’ll be watching for at the beginning of the season and at the end is how the team is playing. There have been stretches in the past where we haven’t played well and won and played very well and been losing. The key focus will be, are we incorporating the changes we want to make?
“It’s a long year, and to say we have to win ‘X’ amount the first month or first two months is not really the way I’ve ever approached hockey. The major focus will be on the process of how we’re playing versus points.”
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