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Maple Leafs Lure Babcock From Red Wings With Highest Coaching Salary In NHL History

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 21 / 15

MLSE is set to pay former Red Wings coach Mike Babcock "a record amount of money" -- $6.25M per season over eight years -- to coach the Maple Leafs in a "shocking turn of events," according to Darren Dreger of TSN.ca. Babcock "was the subject of an 11th hour bidding war" between the Leafs, Sabr...

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