Twitter Timeline of How Mike Babcock Landed with the Toronto Maple Leafs


Twitter Timeline of How Mike Babcock Landed with the Toronto Maple Leafs

The roller coaster ride known as the “Mike Babcock sweepstakes” came to a surprising end this afternoon, as the Toronto Maple Leafs signed the former Red Wings head coach to a mammoth 8-year, $50 million contract.

Of course, as we’re all used to by now, Twitter provided us with play-by-play of today’s shocking development. For those of you who missed how it all went down, here’s a look at a Twitter timeline of how the story developed this afternoon:

Let’s start with the initial news that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres were in a bidding war for Babcock, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Then, according to TSN‘s Bob McKenzie, the Sabres were officially out on signing Babcock, while Aaron Ward reported that he will not be returning to Detroit. 

From there, speculation of Babcock to Toronto started to grow.

And once the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks were said to be “out” on Babcock, the writing was on the wall.

However, if there was still some lingering doubt for Leafs’ fans, a report from Jeff Veillette of eased it when he found this nice tidbit of information.

Which was then confirmed by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Of course, Twitter absolutely exploded as Mike Babcock trended all across Canada. Then came the confirmation every fan of the Maple Leafs was anxiously awaiting.

With Leafs Nation rejoicing, details began to emerge on Babcock’s mammoth contract.

Clearly, money isn’t a thing to MLSE, which is something Leafs’ fans have known for years. Well, now it looks the organization is willing to spend some of that money and commit to building a winner in Toronto around Mike Babcock.

For months, speculation of Babcock to Toronto has gone on. Now it’s official, the Maple Leafs have signed their man.

Mike Babcock is the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

I know it sounds weird, but I’m sure Leafs’ fans will get used to it.

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