After the Toronto Maple Leafs fired Head Coach Mike Babcock back in November of 2019 there were stories that came to light that Babcock wasn't that straight shooting Head Coach everyone loves.
Babcock reportedly was overly hard on the young Leafs players, especially Mitch Marner
who was a rookie at the time admitted he hated playing under Babcock. Marner would have also revealed Babcock also forced Marner to write a list of who he felt were the hardest workers and who didn't work nearly as hard , only to show it off Infront of Marner's teammates.
It wasn't just Marner, Spezza revealed Babcock made him a healthy scratch when he was supposed to play his first game in Toronto in favor or Nick Shore?
NHL Legend Mike Modano would also talk about his time under Babcock. Modano was a recent guest on Cam & Strick Podcast and got into the topic of playing under Babcock.
Modano also got shafted under Babcock who was wanting to finish his career with 1,500 games played but Babcock would put a wedge in that making Modano a healthy scratch making his career end at 1,499 games.
"So I mean it could have been a far bigger number, but it just happened to come down to one of those last couple games that I, you know, I got healthy scratched. So I would have missed, you know, I would have hit that 1,500 right on the nose.
Our last game in Chicago, but I got healthy scratched a couple games before against Minnesota, at home in Detroit. So ended up with that 1,499, just it was a bitter pill. It's still for this point, it would have been nice to finish at some type of high note after that season, I went through in Detroit so it's yeah, it's a tough one.
Some of the veteran guys, and they weren't they, like, we're gonna go up there and talk to them. We need him. Yeah, Drapes was, you know, it was really kind of last second.
No one really knew until you know, you know they got to the game and you know saw what was happening and then you know kind of word kind of spread to the locker room, "like oh you know he would have got 1,500 the next game", you know whatever. So, you know, Nick was, Nick was a little upset.
Kenny Holland didn't know about it, actually until he got to the game. Kenny Holland says it to this day, he probably would have stepped in and told Mike, "you know, we need to have him get to this this milestone."
So yeah, I mean the older guys were frustrated and I think some of them were already frustrated with Mike at the time way before that."
- Mike Modano
Let's hope that Mike Babcock never steps behind a NHL bench again I think he's burned those bridges.