Mike Babcock resigns as Blue Jackets coach two months into job after allegedly violating players' privacy

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Mike Babcock has actually resigned as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets less than 3 months after taking the task, the group revealed Sunday. Pascal Vincent has actually been called interim coach and consented to a two-year agreement through the 2024-25 NHL season.

“This was a difficult decision on everyone’s part, but one we felt necessary to ensure our focus remains on the players and the team’s upcoming season,” Blue Jackets basic supervisor Jarmo Kekalainen stated in a declaration. “On behalf of the entire Blue Jackets organization, we want to thank Mike for his hard work and the professionalism he has shown in working together on a plan to step down.”

The training modification comes in the middle of claims of Babcock supposedly breaching gamers’ personal privacy throughout offseason conferences by insisting they reveal him individual pictures from their phones. 

This is not the very first time Babcock has actually dealt with debate. Former Red Wings forward Johan Franzen implicated Babcock of spoken abuse and explained him as “the worst person I have ever met.” In another circumstances, Babcock, then with the Maple Leafs, supposedly made Mitch Marner rank his colleagues by their work principles.

“Upon reflection, it has become clear that continuing as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets was going to be too much of a distraction,” Babcock stated in a declaration.  “While I’m disappointed to not have had the opportunity to continue the work we’ve begun, I know it’s in the best interest of the organization for me to step away at this time. I wish everyone in the organization well in the upcoming season.”

The club is now moving on with Vincent, the 2017-18 American Hockey League Coach of the Year. He signed up with the Blue Jackets as associate coach in 2021. Prior to that, he became part of the Winnipeg Jets company for 10 seasons, consisting of 5 as head coach of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.

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