Leafs add Jacques Lemaire as "Special Assignment Coach"

Ryan Fancey
August 14 2015 08:38AM

Yesterday we had some news out of Montreal that the Leafs had contacted Jacques Lemaire, one of the most well-recognized coaches in league history, to join their bench as an assistant. Today the team made it official, adding Lemaire as a special assignment coach.

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Maple Leafs Team: Frank Mahovlich

Shawn Reis
August 14 2015 08:06AM

Frank Mahovlich, The Big M.  He's a fascinating story.  With a lot of these players that played for the blue and white a long time ago, it's tough to really find much of a tale to tell.  Mahovlich, though, is something else.  Not only was he a superstar on the ice, but he went through quite a lot off of it.  For despite all of his talent and productivity, he was the victim of constant abuse from both the organization and the fans - so much so that this legendary Leaf was ran out of town as the team's last great dynasty came to a close.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 14 2015 07:00AM

RoundUp

Ranking prospect depth charts, Flames future down the middle, NHL's most hated players, Leafs all-time team, reliving Torts tenure in Vancouver, Darnell nurse vs Griffin Reinhart, free agency, and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Maple Leafs Team: Mats Sundin

Ryan Fancey
August 13 2015 06:47PM

As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster.  

When we get through this entire list and assemble the final team, there's going to be plenty of debate about which of these players truly stands above the rest as the best Leafs player of all time. Mats Sundin will be in that conversation.

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Is Mike Babcock Actually an Upgrade on Randy Carlyle? #MyColumn:

Bobby Cappuccino
August 13 2015 02:02PM

It has been an exciting and eventful summer in Toronto, with the Maple Leafs reshaping their organization from top-to-bottom. From scouts to players to management, Brendan Shanahan has left no stone unturned in his quest to turn the Leafs into a consistently competitive franchise. But no move has had people as excited as the hiring of Mike Babcock.

Babcock has been regarded as one of the best coaches in hockey - if not the Best Coach in Hockey - for years now, and a lot of it has to do with his consistent success at every level he has coached at. And yet, the previous Leafs coach, who also had a history of winning, was slandered by everyone - especially the media. In fact, the media should apologize for their harsh treatment of Carlyle, but that's for another time.

People loved the firing of Carlyle and loved the hiring of Babcock. They argue that Babcock is a vastly superior coach. I beg to differ. But it's not just a baseless opinion.

Let's look at some facts.

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