Babcock Speculation Wheels Begin Motion

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
May 01 2015 11:23AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are lacking a head coach. Oh, and a few assistants. A general manager too, and several sc...okay, there are so few people remaining that a certain former TheLeafsNation dot com writer is probably near the top of the food chain right now. It's very clear that of these roles, the head coaching position is the biggest void, but this won't turn into a multi-horse race until the Triple Crown prize is off the market.

Of course, I'm referring to Mike Babcock. Now that Detroit's season is done, there's a bit of speculation swirling as to where his future lies.

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The Case for Drafting Mathew Barzal

Shawn Reis
May 01 2015 09:00AM

When it comes to talking about which player the Leafs should draft with the 4th overall pick this June, most of the debate has centered around three players: Noah Hanifin, Mitchell Marner, and Dylan Strome.  These guys above all else serve as the consensus for who the Leafs logically should add to their organization.  And while it's maybe a little unlikely that someone outside of this group gets drafted by Toronto at 4, there's certainly a case to be made in favor of someone else.  After all, most of the guys projected in this range are considered to have similar upside.  Maybe the guys beneath Hanifin, Marner, and Strome are considered a little bit less of a sure thing, but if the upside is the same then other players deserve to be a part of the conversation as well.  Yesterday we talked about Ivan Provorov as one of the guys who might belong in that mix.  Today, we'll be talking about another player that is making a strong case to be considered among the draft's elite: Mathew Barzal.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 01 2015 06:30AM

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Dave Nonis speaks after firing, changes Canucks will make, renewed life in Edmonton, Flames round 2 matchup, Jets continue to roll out playoff injury list, more 2015 draft coverage, a classic playoff tilt and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.

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Pittsburgh Should Trade Malkin to the Leafs? No. Stop it.

Justin Fisher
April 30 2015 05:48PM

A fun little piece ran in the Edmonton Journal earlier today, talking about the Pittsburgh Penguins and the apparent necessity for them to move Evgeni Malkin. Jim Matheson talked about several situations in which the Penguins could move their (other) star centre, and... wait, no. Stop. Don't drag the Leafs into this...

The Leafs need a first-line centre, too. Would they go Malkin for Phil Kessel and his $8 million salary and Tyler Bozak? Kessel could play with Crosby.

Ah, crap.

Alright, let's deal with this and quickly move past it, yeah?

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Examining the Possibilities of Toronto's (Other) First Round Pick

Adam Laskaris
April 30 2015 11:59AM

With their season far behind them now, the Leafs' and their management are looking ahead to the offseason, and the 2015 draft of course is of prime focus. With much of the talk being focused on the Leafs' current spot at 4th overall, there is also another pick that could prove very important to the Leafs' rebuilding efforts.

As you probably recall, the Leafs picked up the Nashville Predators' first round selection this year in a package of a trade that sent Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson to the Tennessee-based franchise. With Nashville now out of the playoff race, the pick will now sit from 22nd-24th in the opening round of the upcoming draft. 

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