Dreger: Leafs in 'Ongoing Discussions' With Sean Burke

Shawn Reis
April 17 2015 01:00PM

It's been just five days since the Leafs relieved Dave Nonis of his general manager duties but as you might expect there has been little shortage of speculation as to who the Leafs' next GM might be.  One of the more heavily rumored names has been that of Sean Burke, who since 2008 has served in a myriad of roles for the Arizona Coyotes.  Today, those roles include serving as the Coyotes goaltending coach as well as assistant to the general manager Don Maloney.  However, Burke has been given permission by the Coyotes to look for employment elsewhere and he's not expected to be back in the desert come the start of next season.  TSN's Darren Dreger put some gasoline on the Leafs' GM search fire today, tweeting "[Brendan] Shanahan requested and was given permission from the Arizona Coyotes to speak with Sean Burke earlier this week.   Ongoing discussions."

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TLN Roundtable - Why not us?

Ryan Fancey
April 17 2015 08:52AM

There's a 9.5% chance our lives could change tomorrow. No, not our personal lives, but our "sports lives" as Leafs fans could take a massive swing. 

The league is entering what looks to be a franchise-altering draft this summer, and while we know Toronto will at least walk out of it with essentially a "can't-miss" prospect regardless of how the lottery balls tumble, tomorrow they'll know if they'll end up leaving with a Crosby-like talent: Connor McDavid. Generational.

In the past we've written about how moving up would shift the Leafs' rebuild plans and perhaps present management with some tough decisions on a number of current players, so this week we asked our own writers how they believe the organization's approach will deviate with a lottery win. Do the plans for the Leafs' "core" change? And how would it influence the search for a new coach?

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
April 17 2015 06:30AM

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The first round, Leaf's mass firing, Canucks defense could be problematic, Jets least likely to win Cup, Jay Feaster's Flames, a look at Mac T's first 2 years as Oilers GM and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Oddsmakers: Babcock the betting favourite to be next Maple Leafs coach, GM

Thomas Drance
April 16 2015 02:06PM

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Could Detroit Red Wings and Canadian Olympic men's ice hockey team head coach Mike Babcock be both the next general manager and coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs? 

It seems unlikely, as the dual coach and general manager role has gone the way of the stand up goaltender and the one-dimensional enforcer. That said, according to on-line sports book Bodog.ca, Babcock is the odds-on favourite to replace both Dave Nonis and Peter Horachek in their respective roles with the Maple Leafs. 

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Report Card: The Leafs' core players

Adam Laskaris
April 16 2015 10:59AM

Did anyone on the Leafs have a "great year?" Not really. To be brutally honest, nearly everyone had a down year. A few highlights, plenty of lowlights, and a bunch of mediocrity from the Leafs core led to the 2014-15 season. 

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