Mike Babcock Throws Shade At Leafs Fitness Levels

Cat Silverman
September 28 2015 09:29AM


The Toronto Maple Leafs knew that things would be different under highly esteemed bench boss Mike Babcock. After all, he was brought in on the highest salary to ever get paid to an NHL coach - a whopping $6.25 million per season - to try and fix the runaway train that the Leafs have become in the post-Pat Quinn era. 

No one expects Babcock to be nice to the Leafs as he whips them back into shape. He's there to win a Stanley Cup, after all, not make friends and baby the players. 

Well... he's meeting those 'tough love' expectations pretty well. 

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TLN Player Power Rankings: September 28th, 2015

Jon Steitzer
September 28 2015 09:00AM

Sunday wrapped up with some exciting news. The Leafs cut Devin Setoguchi, and Curtis Glencross and returned Mitch Marner to the London Knights. The add to that, Brad Boyes has officially been made a Maple Leaf for the one time lost cost of $700k. The Leafs are now over halfway through their cuts to get down to the 23 man roster they require. 

If all that isn't enough excitement for you, I finally get to take actual played hockey games into consideration when building these power rankings. That's pretty neat.

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TLN PLAYER PROFILES: D ROMAN POLAK

Bobby Cappuccino
September 28 2015 07:00AM


When it looked like the Leafs were going to trade everyone on the roster this past summer, Polak was a name that came up a decent amount. It’s not surprising - Polak is going into the last year of his contract, at a cap hit of $2,750,000, even though his real salary is $3,100,000. 

But it’s also not surprising that the Leafs didn’t move him yet. This is a franchise that preaches professionalism in every facet of a player’s life, including the weight room. And that’s somewhere that Polak excels. He’s a freak. In his days in St. Louis, the team had to stop him from benching more than 315 pounds because he couldn’t actually improve his fitness test results. And it’s not just the bench press that is impressive. 

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Maple Leafs buy mid-round pick, er, sign Brad Boyes to 1-year deal worth $700k

Thomas Drance
September 27 2015 02:31PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have hosted a low key reality show over the past couple of weeks called: "So you want to be flipped for a pick at the trade deadline?" The show wasn't that thrilling and the ratings weren't great, but it would appear that the club's search for a lucky depth forward to sign for the purpose of flipping at the deadline is over.

On Sunday the club elected not to give a rose to Devin Setoguchi and Curtis Glencross, both of whom were cut. The lucky recipient of a rose from Lou Lamoriello, then, is forward Brad Boyes, who, as first reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Maple Leafs have signed to a one-year deal. The deal is worth $700k, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

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TLN Player Profiles: RW P.A. Parenteau

Justin Fisher
September 27 2015 02:00PM

There are very, very few players on the planet that can replace Phil Kessel.

And no, P.A. Parenteau certainly isn't one of them.

That said, Parenteau isn't going to be asked to replace the 80~ points that Kessel put up. Parenteau, signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a one-year, $1.5M deal this summer, will just need to help out in Toronto's top six and hopefully rediscover a little bit of that offensive pop that he showed off with the New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche in recent years. The end-goal? Play well enough to keep Toronto's young AHL core from having to move up to the NHL too soon, and hopefully play well enough to garner another asset at this year's trade deadline.

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