Pierre LeBrun: Mike Babcock could soon coach new NHL franchise

On Wednesday, news broke that the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock after four years on the job. He’ll certainly be a hot commodity for teams looking to upgrade their coaching staff.

TSN Insider Pierre LeBrun believes that Babcock could soon be the coach of the new Seattle franchise, slated to begin NHL play in 2021.

“Will he coach again? You know I spoke to him briefly last night,” LeBrun said. “Mike Babcock right now wants to decompress. He’s going to do a lot of skiing this winter, that’s his focus. Certainly I think he’s going to take his time. It’s not a guarantee that he will coach again. I think he will. I think he’s going to miss it too much.

And the team that jumps to mind for me, I think there’s no question, that’s Seattle, if Mike Babcock is still available and interested, I think they’re going to want to talk to him. Again, Seattle probably [is] looking to hire a coach between January and June 2021. So will he be available a year from now.”

Will Mike Babcock end up in the Pacific Northwest?

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