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People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

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Babwatch has ended.

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock has been considering other teams. Then word came he was likely joining the Toronto Maple Leafs. This brought Babwatch to a close.

Today the team confirmed it with a tweet.

Many fans were uncomfortably happy about the news.

Then everyone learned Babcock is being paid $50 million over 8 years, the richest coaching contract in NHL history.

Top NHL coaches currently make about $2 million a year. Babcock is getting $6.25 million.

Did Leafs President Brendan Shanahan overpay?

#Shanahan’s negotiations with #Babcock. #Babwatch #BabcockWatch #PrettyBabcock #Leafs #tmltalk

— JaspaulDial (@Jaspaul Dial)

People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

One thing is clear: Mike Babcock is riiiich.

Mike Babcock in his garage right now

— cbatson730 (@Chris Batson)

People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

Babcock right now.

— delanperera (@Delan Perera)

People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

@Buccigross Babcock today.

— AndyMac970 (@#Andy)

People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

Babcock sighted on his way to Toronto #TMLTalk @brendanshanahan

— adamcharris (@Adam Harris)

People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

Babcock won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings. The Leafs haven’t won the Cup in almost 50 years, and finished with the fourth worst record in the NHL this year. Understandably, there is some skepticism in Leafs land.

Looks like Mike Babcock has signed on to coach the #Leafs.

— BrianLynchBooks (@Brian Lynch)

People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

Even with the Babcock hiring the Leafs parade route remains the same #48yrsAndCounting

— Ralphie9 (@Nicholas Boyd)

People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

This guy went ahead and tweeted #FireBabcock.

#fireBabcock

— sladurantaye (@Steve Ladurantaye)

People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

…Just to be sure he gets credit when things inevitably fall apart.

@kirstinestewart Wanted to make sure that when it actually starts appearing in nine months I was first.

— sladurantaye (@Steve Ladurantaye)

People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

Smart plan, Steve.

Meanwhile, Babcock is doing just fine.

babcock to the haters rn

— xiolyph (@Alexis)

People Can't Believe How Much The Maple Leafs Are Paying Their New Coach

Source: buzzfeed.com