Mike Commodore: 'The Biggest Piece of Shit on the Planet Is Mike Babcock'
Mike Commodore doesn't like Mike Babcock.
Mike Commodore was a little salty Sunday night.
In since-deleted tweets, Commodore, an 11-year NHL veteran who last played during the 2011-12 season, went on a tirade on Leafs coach Mike Babcock while Toronto was in Detroit for a date with the Red Wings.
Using the hashtag #FuckBabs, Commodore was throwing haymakers.
"2 things I know. The Wings are winning this game...and the Biggest piece of shit on the Planet is Mike Babcock," was one of his tweets. (Sidenote: The Leafs shutout the Red Wings, 1-0).
He wasn't done.
"Leafs fans...just know that THE biggest piece of shit on earth is the face of your franchise," was another one Commodore sent out.
He also cussed out anyone who got in his way.
This wasn't out of nowhere. There's a little history between the two.
Commodore, who played under Babcock with the Red Wings during his final NHL season, has never been shy about his feelings toward the NHL's highest-paid coach. He's blasted him before, calling Babcock an arrogant piece of shit last year and argued in 2013 that he was screwed over by him on multiple occasions during his NHL career.
The first time came in Anaheim in 2002, when Commodore said Babcock buried him in the paper during training camp with the intentions of making him look bad "so he could then play his boy from juniors who was an undrafted rookie at camp that year," he told KHL.HR in a wide-ranging interview.
Then came 2011, Commodore's final season in the NHL. He begrudgingly signed a deal with Detroit, something he was hesitant of doing because of his past with Babcock, who was the Red Wings' head coach at the time. The two talked, Commodore said Babcock reassured him he was wanted and would get playing time, something that didn't exactly materialize the way Commodore envisioned. Commodore played 17 games and was consistently a healthy scratch until some injuries opened up more playing time for him. Just not the kind of playing time he was expecting.
"The only time I touched the ice was when the fourth line was on, and the faceoff was in the neutral zone. I was opening the doors for [Nicklas] Lidstrom, that's all I was doing, being a cheerleader."
Commodore was later traded to the Lightning that season, something he thanks Red Wings GM Ken Holland for. "He got me out of Detroit because Babcock was trying to end my career."
History shows that this probably isn't the last we've heard of the Commodore-Babcock beef.