May 20 2015 12:01PM
To say that the Leafs head coach speculation chamber has been burning for a while is an understatement. Randy Carlyle developed a group of skeptics early into his tenure, a tenure that lasted longer than many hoped. Peter Horachek did what he could, but his team ran itself into the basement. Needless to say, hopes have been high for somebody to come in and steer this systematically flawed ship back into fair seas.
Mike Babcock, for much of the past few years, has been considered a "dream scenario" by many. Today, that dream became a reality.
May 20 2015 11:03AM
This might be happening after all. In complete defiance of earlier reports that Mike Babcock was choosing between the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres, with the Leafs being a distant third, multiple reports have ruled out the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres.
May 20 2015 09:18AM
Yesterday, we relayed the message that Mike Babcock will probably not be joining the Toronto Maple Leafs any time soon. Birthday boy Thomas Drance pointed out that it might be time to shift focus to a General Manager with all of the "AAA" options likely gone. But hold on to your Winter Classic Fedoras, because this race isn't ever yet.
May 19 2015 03:56PM
Leafs have hired London Knights scouting director Lindsay Hofford. Front office role but he also has coaching and development experience.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) May 19, 2015
Just a few days ago reports began to surface that the Leafs were on the verge of hiring London Knights Director of Scouting Lindsay Hofford. It appears that today that news became official, or at the very least the deal is all but done. According to The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle, Hofford will be taking on a front office position with the team.
May 19 2015 01:01PM
From the looks of it, the Toronto Maple Leafs won't be the magic team to get Mike Babcock. They are neither obnoxiously talented or obnoxiously youthful just yet, which leaves him in an awkward middleground. While he hasn't made his decision yet, the hype is already dying down; so much so that he wasn't asked about in this week's mailbag.