Tuesday Mailbag: Babcockblocked?

Jeff Veillette
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.

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Leafs Clean House on Marlies Coaching Staff

Jon Steitzer
May 19 2015 12:58PM

With the amount of changes made across the Leafs organization recently it seemed it was just a matter of the Marlies being eliminated from the playoffs before the focus was going to shift in their direction. Today, the expected changes have been announced...

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Who should the Leafs hire when they miss out on Babcock? How about a GM

Thomas Drance
May 19 2015 12:26PM

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs have likely lost out on the most highly regarded head coach in hockey, Mike Babcock. Toronto's dismal 2014-15 campaign ended a month ago and the Maple Leafs are still losing. On the bright side, its been a long while since the Maple Leafs lost anything of consequence in mid-May...

Assuming that the Maple Leafs' efforts to lure Babcock to Toronto will fail - and at this point that's what everyone from Bob McKenzie, to Pierre LeBrun, to Elliotte Friedman believes will happen - who should the Maple Leafs hire as their bench boss? 

There are still some decent head coaching candidates out there, but maybe we should stop putting the apple cart before the horse here. If and when the Maple Leafs lose out on Babcock, and excuse me if this seems self evident, but they should refocus on hiring a general manager first.

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Report: Leafs out of the running for Babcock

Ryan Fancey
May 19 2015 07:25AM

Over the last 24-hours, the race to acquire Mike Babcock seems to have narrowed to two teams: Buffalo and Detroit. The Leafs remained in the mix, but insiders like Friedman were starting to push them out of contention, based on what they were hearing. This morning TSN's Bob McKenzie basically put the fork in Toronto as a landing spot for the surprisingly not-so-heavily sought after coach.

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Leafs Prospect Frederik Gauthier is a QMJHL Champion

Justin Fisher
May 18 2015 09:33PM

The Rimouski Oceanic have beaten the Quebec Remparts by a score of 2-1 in Game 7 to win the President's Cup, making Leafs prospect Frederik Gauthier a QMJHL Champion.

Gauthier picked up one very, very important assist in the game, setting up Michael Joly's game winner in double overtime...

More past the jump...

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