Random point-form thoughts:
-Babcock isn't perfect, but (imo) he took the bullet for management. That's how that works, though, and coaches know it.
-I had real worries for the Leafs when they ditched Gardiner, then traded their value contract (Kadri) for a guy that can't defend. This is part of the cascade from the Tavares signing, and it's not over yet.
-Wherever he is right now, Mike Commodore is very happy.