Friedman and Cox Have Some Big Updates on the Leafs' Coaching and General Manager Search

Justin Fisher
May 16 2015 02:40PM

It's all getting very real, very fast. 

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox revealed some pretty interesting news during this afternoon's Hockey Night in Canada "Saturday Headlines" segment regarding the Toronto Maple Leafs' search for a new coach and general manager. Some pretty significant names were dropped, so let's break it down...

Mike Babcock

According to Friedman, the Leafs have filed for permission from the Detroit Red Wings to hire head coaching candidate Mike Babcock. Yes, Babcock's technically about to become a free agent, but Detroit was smart enough to make interested teams sign an agreement stating that if they hired the veteran coach before his contract actually runs out, they'd need to cough up a draft pick.

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NATION DRAFTS 2015 CHARITY PLAYOFF POOL UPDATE

Thomas Drance
May 16 2015 01:29PM

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The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?

We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!

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Maple Leafs Job Fair: Jeff Blashill's Resume

Shawn Reis
May 16 2015 09:14AM

Thought we were done with the resumes?  Think again.  Today's topic of discussion is the heavily sought after and hotly rumored Jeff Blashill, who is looking to become the latest star coach to come out of the Detroit Red Wings organization.

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Dakota Joshua is a Clark Cup Champion

Justin Fisher
May 15 2015 10:02PM

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Dakota Joshua is a Clark Cup Champion - and on his 19th birthday, no less. 

The Sioux Falls Stampede defeated the Muskegon Lumberjacks this evening by a score of 4-2, completing a three-game sweep in the USHL Finals. Joshua opened the scoring for Sioux Falls in the second period.

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TLN Roundtable - Who's Your GM of Choice?

Justin Fisher
May 15 2015 05:39PM

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You've probably seen our huge stack of resumes we've received from hockey executives around the NHL, all looking to become the next General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ultimately, it's not up to us to hire one of them, but our TLN writers have pretty strong opinions on the topic. It's time to throw down in this week's TLN Roundtable.

Shawn Reis

Because whoever the Leafs hire as GM will be well-insulated by an already intelligent group of hockey minds, it might not matter too much who the Leafs hire as GM. That’s especially true since whoever the general manager is will have less authority than somebody in the traditional mold of a hockey GM. We saw that with Dave Nonis this year, who seemed to do a strong job of managing the team ever since Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin were fired and Kyle Dubas was brought on. In this sense, maybe hiring nobody would be the best decision. Or maybe waiting until July or August, when the team wouldn’t have to give up as high a draft pick for a GM, would be the best move.

But we already have one answer leaning that way, so I’ll make a case for someone outside the organization. Since all indications still seem to be that the team would like to hire an outside hockey mind, I’ll make the case for Julien Brisebois, assistant GM for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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