Toronto Maple Leafs hire Mike Babcock as Head Coach

Jeff Veillette
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.

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Buffalo and Detroit out on Babcock, MLSE Private Jet making quick trip to Detroit today

Jeff Veillette
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.

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Toronto Back In Babcock Running?

Jeff Veillette
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.

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Leafs Hire Lindsay Hofford to Front Office Role

Shawn Reis
May 19 2015 03:56PM

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.

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Tuesday Mailbag: Babcockblocked?

Jeff Veillette
May 19 2015 01:01PM

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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.

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