Mike Babcock and the Blackhawks have a history, there is no denying that. However, we recently saw Pete Deboer turn around from coaching the San Jose Sharks to coach the Vegas Golden Knights within a few weeks. If they can turn their arch-rival coach into their own within a few weeks then we can turn our old arch-rival coach into our own after 5+ years apart.
Mike Babcock knows the Blackhawks. He has coached our core group of players at the Olympics. Players like Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Corey Crawford have spent time with him and are familiar with the way he coaches. Babcock might be the closest the Blackhawks can get to a Joel Quenneville again.
I know that Babcock did not have the best ending with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The two parties did not leave on good terms, and Babcock’s image was ruined. Maybe a new play and a new opportunity are all he needs to lead another team to a Stanley Cup.
Besides, I do not think it would take Babcock much to join the team. We would give him a hefty contract, but hopefully, he can turn our special teams and defense around. Having a coach that isn’t the same age as Brent Seabrook might just be what Toews and Kane want to see.