May 19 2015 07:25AM
Over the last 24-hours, the race to acquire Mike Babcock seems to have narrowed to two teams: Buffalo and Detroit. The Leafs remained in the mix, but insiders like Friedman were starting to push them out of contention, based on what they were hearing. This morning TSN's Bob McKenzie basically put the fork in Toronto as a landing spot for the surprisingly not-so-heavily sought after coach.
May 18 2015 09:33PM
The Rimouski Oceanic have beaten the Quebec Remparts by a score of 2-1 in Game 7 to win the President's Cup, making Leafs prospect Frederik Gauthier a QMJHL Champion.
Gauthier picked up one very, very important assist in the game, setting up Michael Joly's game winner in double overtime...
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May 18 2015 09:11PM
We've heard over and over again that it's a three-team race between the Detroit Red Wings, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Toronto Maple Leafs for the services of veteran coach Mike Babcock. As his decision nears, it looks like Toronto might be slipping out of contention.
According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the total rebuild that Toronto is said to be going through this offseason (and beyond) may be too much of a hurdle for Babcock...
"I still think the two favourites, in no particular order, are Detroit and Buffalo. I could be wrong about Toronto, but I just think that they're at the bottom of their total restart and (Babcock) is not going to be patient enough to lose their for three or four years."
Friedman, obviously, is the man. That being said, I think it's too early to count the Leafs out. Each organization - Detroit, Buffalo and Toronto - offer a unique scenario for Babcock to ponder.
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May 18 2015 04:00PM
The Leafs' search for both a head coach and a general manger is heating up, and Peter DeBoer is among the names we know for a fact that the Leafs have at least some interest in. The team has really beefed up their online security as a result of all these resume leaks that have been going on, but we put our nose to the grindstone and were able to bring home the bacon. The Leafs Nation is proud to present to you the resume of head coaching candidate Peter DeBoer.
May 18 2015 11:46AM
A few days ago, TLN Jon Steitzer wrote about the idea of the Leafs trading down from their current draft positions of 4th overall and 24th overall in order to stockpile more picks or assets. For a team that doesn't have a whole lot going on in their prospect pool besides William Nylander, that's not a half bad idea.
But what about going the other way? What about trading up in the draft?
Yes, it would require the Leafs to deal assets they might not want to, and yes, the memory of trading up for Tyler Biggs is still fresh in our minds. Still, let's not pretend that trading up is a guaranteed bad move. It's an option that the Leafs need to consider, because good organizations consider all angles and explore all opportunities.