I guess one way of looking at it is that nobody remotely qualified to take the job was willing to touch it with a ten foot pole at that price.
Sure, it makes him the highest paid coach in NHL history, but look how many other NHL coaches said "no thanks, I'll stay put," when offered the boodle.
Money isn't everything!
But apparently it is for Mike.
That money is spread over eight years, which the sporty journos claim proves that Babcock has been hired to build the team.
Hmm... show me in Babcock's illustrious record where he has actually built a team?
His only Stanley came with a team he had next to nothing to do with building.
If this was Shanahan's decision, expect the both of them to be gone within three seasons.