May 21 2015 04:00PM
We’re 24 hours into the Babcock era, and it's time to
start processing what has happened. The Leafs have once again improved
themselves in the best possible way by bringing in a coach whose resume
includes significant highlights like a Stanley Cup, another couple of Stanley
Cup appearances, and two Olympic Gold Medals. After Ron Wilson taking out ad
space in the past few months letting everyone with a microphone know what a
lousy time he had in Toronto, the Leafs found someone infinitely more talented
than any coach they've had since pre-lockout Pat Quinn to take control of the
bench. It may have been money that got the deal done, it may have been the fact
that Toronto is certainly a more appealing locale than Detroit, Buffalo, or St.
Louis, but as long as part of the reasoning included being up to the challenge
of tackling the turnaround of a franchise that has been more of a punchline
than hockey team, it's a good sign.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
May 21 2015 10:44AM
We're past the point of theoreticals, and it's time to deal with absolutes. Mike Babcock is the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he's going to be for a while yet. Today, he spoke to the media for the first time, and addressed the pressing concerns.
May 21 2015 08:44AM
The Ontario Hockey League won't have any general managers left by the time the Leafs are done with 'em.
Add Saginaw Spirit GM Jim Paliafito to list of new faces on #Leafs hockey dept team. Interesting to see in what capacity.— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) May 21, 2015
There you have it - the Toronto Maple Leafs have gone back to the OHL as the continue to fill out their front office staff. Jim Paliafito joined the Saginaw Spirit in May 2009 as the organization's head scout, then moved up to the Assistant General Manager's role a year later, and was promoted again as General Manager another year after.
May 21 2015 08:25AM
BABCOCK!!! NO WAY, DUDE! NO EFFING WAY!!!
May 21 2015 07:36AM
Let's just get right into this; the Leafs have hired Mike Babcock and the whole story is doing a number on the internet. Babcock will be in Toronto later this morning to be introduced as the thirtieth head coach in the franchise's history, and of course his hiring wasn't without a little drama yesterday. As you may have guessed, twitter was on top of it.