Sabres insider offers perspective on Babcock decision

May 21, 2015

Sabres fans were on "Babwatch" Wednesday, awaiting word on whether celebrated Red Wings coach Mike Babcock would be coming to Buffalo to coach the blue and gold. Ultimately it wasn't meant to be, as Babcock instead took a job north of the border with Buffalo's biggest rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Buffalo was among the finalists for Babcock's services and it is believed Sabres owner Terry Pegula offered him a large contract.

Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe (r.) says he's not sure Mike Babcock would have been a good fit in Buffalo.
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Babcock has gained a reputation as one of hockey's best coaches over the past decade, winning a Stanley Cup and two Olympic gold medals. He visited Buffalo last week to meet with Sabres brass. The team fired head coach Ted Nolan at the end of this past season.

Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe, who joins us in-season on our Behind The Bench segment, spoke with WBFO's Omar Fetouh about the situation and where the team goes from here.

You can read Bill Hoppe's work at his Buffalo Hockey Beat blog. Follow him on Twitter at @BillHoppeNHL.