May 22 2015 01:00PM
As I hinted to yesterday in my post on Babcock and as Shawn hinted to in his article on the prior day, one of the next big questions is who will Mike Babcock name as his assistant coaches? Will Babcock be making frantic calls to Ken Holland to free up his assistants? Will Paul MacLean see a Brinks truck of MLSE money and telecommunications share pull up in front of his house this morning? As luck would have it, Dan Rosen of NHL.com wrote an excellent article on Mike Babcock’s assistants, his process, and their successes back in October, and it’s filled with insight and even more optimism. I strongly recommend going to read the whole thing as it has a lot on Babcock’s coaching philosophy as well, but of course, here are the highlights.
May 22 2015 12:27PM
It's been a wild week in Toronto with the Babcock news, but along with it seems to be some major spin-off of talks about the Leafs' options to fill their front office. It feels like by the time this is all said and done, there may not be a CHL general manager left in the country.
TSN's Bob McKenzie joined the folks in Edmonton for a radio spot this morning and had some interesting things to say regarding the week's big hire, Toronto's ongoing general manager search, and even more junior hockey names popping up as potential targets to join this rebuild.
May 22 2015 10:18AM
Dion Phaneuf's future with the Toronto Maple Leafs remains up in the air, even with the addition of newly hired head coach Mike Babcock.
But the Leafs captain made it clear on Thursday that he'd like to stay in Toronto and play for the Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal winning coach next season.
Phaneuf told Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman that he's "in" with Babcock in charge and is ready for a long and painful rebuild.
More past the jump...
May 22 2015 08:04AM
George McPhee has been in the conversation for the Leafs' general manager opening for a little while now. Linked to both Toronto and Boston, it seems after a year off - following nearly twenty in the big chair for the Capitals - he's looking to get back into the NHL. But folks seem divided on whether he might be a good option in Hogtown, and a lot of that has to do with one trade.