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Ex-coach Mike Babcock says he left Red Wings to seek new challenges
Sat, 23 May 2015 01:38:27 +0000
Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) - Coach Mike Babcock clarified that he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs not only for more money but also to seek new challenges.
Babcock was signed by the Maple Leafs on an eight-year, $50 million contract Wednesday.
"There was enough money in every place it didn't have a factor in any of the decision," said Babcock.
Babcock emphasized that he loved being with the Detroit Red Wings, whom he coached for 10 seasons, but the lure of seeking a new challenge prompted him to leave.
He was believed to be eyeing the Buffalo Sabres coaching post or staying with the Red Wings. Detroit granted him permission to talk to other teams before his contract expired June 30.
Ex-assistant coach Jeff Blashill is being groomed to replace Babcock as Red Wings head coach.