Report: Sabres thought they had deal with Babcock 2 days ago
Andrew Weber / USA TODAY Sports

As Toronto Maple Leafs fans rejoice, Buffalo Sabres fans weep.

After the Maple Leafs announced they agreed to terms with head coach Mike Babcock, it looks as though the Sabres came very close to landing the big fish.

The Sabres thought they had a deal done with Babcock two days ago at a similar term to the agreed upon contract with the Maple Leafs reports WKBW-TV's Shawn Stepner.

The Maple Leafs signed Babcock to an eight-year, roughly $50-million contract and it's believed the Sabres offered nearly as much for possibly even nine years.

The Sabres will now have to look elsewhere for their new bench boss.

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Report: Sabres thought they had deal with Babcock 2 days ago
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