May 24 2015 07:07AM
During his introductory press conference, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock told reporters that Toronto will once again become a prime destination for free agent talent. Well, that didn't take very long, did it?
Appearing on TSN 1050 yesterday evening, Nashville Predators defenceman Cody Franson told Bill Hayes and Dave McCarthy that he'd be very much interested in returning to Toronto.
"100%. I've always said that I loved it in Toronto - it's been reported that I grew up a Toronto fan a number of times and it's the truth. I enjoyed playing in that city and definitely I'm hopeful that Toronto's in the mix come July 1st. My phone will definitely be on and hoping their one of the teams that calls."
May 22 2015 09:55PM
Long before there was a search for a new GM or head coach, there was the search for a new President & CEO of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, the group that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Last August, it was announced that current President & CEO Tim Leiweke would be stepping aside to pursue other career interests, with lots of speculation that Leiweke was unhappy having to deal with a notoriously difficult group of owners.
Reports have begun to surface that suggest John Cassaday, who recently stepped down as the President & CEO of Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment, will be the person to replace Leiweke, who was slated to officially step down from his role with MLSE on June 30th.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
May 22 2015 03:26PM
Mike Babcock may be the new man leading the bench in Toronto, but the head coach can't do it all on his own. As such, the focus has shifted to his assistants, and from the looks of it, the Leafs have added one one of Babcock's previous assistants in Jim Hiller.
May 22 2015 01:08PM
Today on the show, MIKE BABCOCK OMG.... Or nah?
May 22 2015 01:00PM
As I hinted to yesterday in my post on Babcock and as Shawn hinted to in his article on the prior day, one of the next big questions is who will Mike Babcock name as his assistant coaches? Will Babcock be making frantic calls to Ken Holland to free up his assistants? Will Paul MacLean see a Brinks truck of MLSE money and telecommunications share pull up in front of his house this morning? As luck would have it, Dan Rosen of NHL.com wrote an excellent article on Mike Babcock’s assistants, his process, and their successes back in October, and it’s filled with insight and even more optimism. I strongly recommend going to read the whole thing as it has a lot on Babcock’s coaching philosophy as well, but of course, here are the highlights.