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FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2015 file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock questions an official during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Stanley Cup-hungry Washington Capitals open perhaps their last best chance to win it against the Maple Leafs at the start of their contending window. “Playoff experience is on their side for sure,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “I like the youthful enthusiasm we have, I like how quick we can play, but we’re going to have to play quick and do the right things.” (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)

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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, back, reacts while playing against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto. The NHL's coaching carousel is paying off for playoff-starved franchises in Toronto, Edmonton and Columbus. With the season wrapping up on Sunday, the Maple Leafs' Mike Babcock, Oilers' Todd McLellan and Blue Jackets' John Tortorella have emerged as coach of the year candidates. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2016, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock speaks to his players as they take on the Ottawa Senators during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Babcock shrugs off the challenge of coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL's worst team last season. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

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Toronto Maple Leafs new head coach Mike Babcock, right, speaks to reporters with team president Brendan Shanahan during an NHL hockey press conference in Toronto, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Babcock spent the last 10 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2008. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2015, file photo, Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock talks with an official in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Washington. From San Jose to Philadelphia, Mike Babcock has no shortage of NHL coaching options after the Detroit Red Wings granted him permission to speak to other teams.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock addresses the media at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Babcock has one year left on his contract, and signing him to a longer-term deal might be an item on the franchise's list of things to do this offseason. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock directs his team during the third period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Boston Bruins in Detroit, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock talks to his team during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Canada players Corey Perry, left, Matt Duchene, center, and Chris Kunitz, right celebrate on the bench as head coach Mike Babcock looks on after Canada beat the USA 1-0 in a men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby, left, and head coach Mike Babcock, right, watch a drill during a practice session at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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Canada forward Sidney Crosby, center, waits with head coach Mike Babcock, left, for a team photo before a training session at the Bolshoy Ice Dome at the the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Team Canada's Patrice Bergeron (37), Corey Perry (24), Rick Nash (61), Jay Bouwmeester (19), head coach Mike Babcock, front left, General Manager Steve Yzerman and Bob Nicholson, far right front, look on as Ryan Getzlaf tickles Sidney Crosby's ear as players wait for a team photo at the start of practice at the Sochi Winter Olympics Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)