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Former NHL Player Supports Mike Babcock Amid Recent Controversy


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Austin Sabourin
August 22, 2023  (8:39 PM)
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As Mike Babcock prepares for his long-awaited return to an NHL bench after almost four years, opinions about his comeback remain polarized. While some express skepticism, others hold firm in their belief in his potential impact. Notably, a former NHL veteran with 22 years of experience has stepped forward to defend Babcock's resurgence.

During a recent episode of the Raw Knuckles podcast, Brad May shared his insights on Babcock's return. When asked about the coach's comeback, May disclosed that he had conversed with members of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are genuinely enthusiastic about Babcock's role.
"Here's the reason why they're excited, they're going to become better players. Babs is a hell of a coach, he's very prepared, maybe a little bit of an inability to connect to some of his players, and I'm sure over the last few years, there's a come to Jesus moment, where, hey I gotta treat people differently, the old school's out."

Babcock's tenure as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs concluded in November 2019, marking the first time he had been dismissed from a coaching role in his career. Following his departure, reports emerged highlighting his interactions with players from the Maple Leafs and other teams, painting a less favorable picture. May, however, expressed that Babcock deserves another chance, much like anyone who acknowledges their past missteps and actively seeks personal growth.
"If you do the steps necessary and you have the ability, are we all not looking for a second chance? If my answer was no, Mike Babcock shouldn't be a coach in the NHL ever again, that's the most ignorant thing to say, in my opinion."

May's firsthand experience playing under Babcock during his time with the Detroit Red Wings likely influenced his viewpoint. As Babcock steps back into the spotlight, the hockey community grapples with the complexities of offering second chances and the evolution of coaching methods.
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