Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas and president Brendan Shanahan finally made their move and fired head coach Mike Babcock after the team’s losing streak extended to six games.
The news disseminated through Twitter quickly — and analysts, reporters and more around the league offered their initial thoughts on the franchise-altering news as it sank in that Babcock would be replaced by the franchise’s AHL head coach, Sheldon Keefe.
Here is a look at how people responded to the news on Twitter:
Bob McKenzie, TSN
Devin Heroux, CBC reporter
Mike Commodore, former NHL player
Commodore played 11 seasons in the NHL and developed a high-profile feud with Babcock along the way. He claimed that Babcock “screwed [him] over” while both were working in the Anaheim Ducks organization in 2002 and intentionally made him look bad so he could play a preferred player instead. Commodore signed with the Detroit Red Wings before the 2011-12 season, despite reservations about playing for Babcock again, and only played 17 games before being traded away. That season was his last in the NHL.
Pete Blackburn, CBS Sports
Blackburn was quick to make fun of Babcock’s “I’ve always bet on Mike Babcock, I’ll continue to bet on him,” quote he offered to reporters on Tuesday.
Darren Dreger, TSN
Brandon Prust, former NHL forward
Prust places the blame for Toronto’s struggles squarely on Dubas, who had no prior NHL experience before the Leafs hired him as an assistant general manager in 2014. He stated that Toronto would be better off with Mark Hunter, who served as an assistant GM alongside Dubas and left the organization after Lamoriello’s ouster .
Adam Herman, SB Nation
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