New York Islanders forward, Matt Martin defended his teammate Mitch Marner back when Mike Babcock was essentially hazing him as a rookie.
By now you already know how scummy of a person Mike Babcock is. It came out, that during his time with the Maple Leafs he forced Mitch Marner to make a list of his teammates who worked hardest to least hard and share it with the team.
Apparently, teammates didn’t get mad at Mitch Marner, a rookie who was just trying to please his coach, instead, one, in particular, turned against Mike Babcock. That player is now New York Islanders forward Matt Martin.
According to TML Updates, Matt Martin confronted Mike Babcock about the situation and wouldn’t let it go. The initial confrontation was heated and it had to be broken up by Leo Komarov, who is now also an Islander.
Are we surprised that Leo Komarov and Matt Martin fell out of favor with the Toronto Maple Leafs? Well, apparently Martin lost playing time over his decision to stick up for Mitch Marner, who he was very close with.
This situation happened at some point during the 2016-2017 season, where Martin played all 82 games. The next year, Martin played just 50 and was a healthy scratch for essentially the second half of the 2017-2018 season.
In case you needed another reason, after the countless others to hate Mike Babcock, this is another perfect example of why he got canned and why players hated playing for this guy. Your coaching can only get you so far, you have to be a half-decent person too (looking at you John Tortorella).
Unfortunately, Matt’s decision cost him a big chunk of the 2017-2018 season, but now he finds himself in a much better situation, with a better team, a team that he spent seven seasons with at the beginning of his career, and he’s back on Long Island where he belongs.
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See, everything does happen for a reason. Who knew it would be Mike Babcock being an insufferable jerk that would get Matt Martin and Leo Komarov out of Toronto and to the Islanders.