Babcock's goal for the Leafs is to 'Make the organization proud of us' but what does that mean?

Thomas Drance
October 07 2015 12:21PM

Photo Credit: Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports

The best result for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, in my view, would be to end the season with good lottery odds. 

No one in professional hockey likes to lose though, and that's especially true of uber-competitive executives and coaches like Mike Babcock, Brendan Shanahan and Lou Lamoriello. 'Likes' may not factor into it for a Maple Leafs team that is expected - based solely on their personnel - to struggle to both score and defend adequately this season.

So what's Babcock's big picture goal for the season? It's not the playoffs, and it's clearly not to bottom out. No, according to the league's best paid bench boss the Maple Leafs' goal for this upcoming season is something much vaguer and more ephemeral:

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Richard Panik Clears Waivers, Harrington Recall Expected

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 07 2015 10:42AM

The Toronto Marlies somehow just got a lot scarier today, as Leafs forward Richard Panik successfully cleared waivers and has been assigned to the team's AHL affiliate. This comes a day after the claim of Frank Corrado from the Vancouver Canucks, and will likely be accompanied by the recall of Scott Harrington in time for tonight's season opener.

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LFR: 2015-16 Leafs Season Preview

Steve Dangle
October 07 2015 09:01AM

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Grab a bag, buckle up, and all aboard the Barfmobile!

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Oct 6, 2015 - "That's Sacrifice!"

Steve Dangle
October 06 2015 09:48PM

Bower 3

On this episode, the guys preview the 2015-16 NHL season, the cap crunch, Kassian, and a few stories about teeth.

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"Go Leafs Go!" Forever

Ryan Fancey
October 06 2015 03:25PM

The Maple Leafs Forever... from HockeyFilms on Vimeo.

When you're stuck in the news cycle surrounding the Leafs, it's tough to remember how much you enjoy hockey and just being a fan, especially recently. It's nice to get a good reminder of what it's like to have fun watching this club, and we all know there's no shortage of memorable highlights to look back on. [Like, way back] 

As we head into the new season tomorrow night, check out this video from Tim Thompson (or "b0undless") and get a little fired up for the blue and white, in what we hope is the beginning of finally turning the corner.

Admittedly, I almost* shed a tear when it got to the Dougie wrap-around goal.


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