TLN Roundtable - Should Phaneuf and Kessel Stick Around for the Babcock Era?

Justin Fisher
May 29 2015 04:12PM

Just a few days ago, it was a given that the Toronto Maple Leafs would dismantle the core of their roster and start all over again with a fresh and exciting rebuild. Things changed a bit when Mike Babcock was announced as the club's next head coach, with many wondering how much talent and production could be squeezed out of Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf by one of hockey's best bench bosses. 

Does Babcock's arrival mean a little more rope for Kessel and Phaneuf? Should the Leafs maybe not flip them for youngsters and assets this offseason? Our TLN Roundtable discusses...

Justin Fisher

I've been on the "trade everything" bandwagon since day one, and as much as it pains me to say it, I still am. I love Phil Kessel, and I also kind of like Dion Phaneuf, but for a team that is looking to rebuild they are the two most obvious pieces to move.

Like many, I anticipate that Mike Babcock will instantly make the Toronto Maple Leafs a better team, but I'm sure as hell not convinced that means Toronto is suddenly a playoff team. An actual koala with a clipboard and a fedora could coach this team to a better record next year. With that, I'm not ready to say "hey, we're close, let's regroup with our current core and give it a run under Babcock." That's ridiculous.

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Steve Dangle Podcast - May 29, 2015 - #DangleJinx: All-In

Steve Dangle
May 29 2015 03:04PM

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On this episode, Steve goes all in to reverse the #DangleJinx, women's hockey in video games, and more.

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Brad Ross signs with Iserholn Roosters in best-case scenario for all parties

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
May 29 2015 11:05AM

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It appears that Brad Ross' tenure in the Toronto Maple Leafs is coming to an end. The Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), have come to terms with the 23-year old winger, signing him to a one-year contract. We can also report that Ross has a player-option to extend it to a two year deal, should he feel inclined.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 29 2015 06:45AM


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David Booth's interesting stretch routine, Mike Babcock's assistants, Canucks wanting to fix blueline, David Clarkson versus Matt Beleskey, Flames trade targets, teams in Cap trouble, Leon Draisaitl, Peter Chiarelli, free agency, the NHL draft and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.

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Report: Toronto Looking to Add Granato, Hiller and Brewer to Coaching Staff

Justin Fisher
May 28 2015 07:12PM

It appears as if Toronto isn't done poaching coaches from the Detroit Red Wings.

We already knew that Hiller and Brewer in particular were rumoured to be heading to Toronto, but I'm not sure I've heard any firm reports about the Leafs' (and Babcock's) interest in bringing in Granato until now.

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