May 29 2015 04:12PM
Just a few days ago, it was a given that the Toronto Maple Leafs would dismantle the core of their roster and start all over again with a fresh and exciting rebuild. Things changed a bit when Mike Babcock was announced as the club's next head coach, with many wondering how much talent and production could be squeezed out of Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf by one of hockey's best bench bosses.
Does Babcock's arrival mean a little more rope for Kessel and Phaneuf? Should the Leafs maybe not flip them for youngsters and assets this offseason? Our TLN Roundtable discusses...
I've been on the "trade everything" bandwagon since day one, and as much as it pains me to say it, I still am. I love Phil Kessel, and I also kind of like Dion Phaneuf, but for a team that is looking to rebuild they are the two most obvious pieces to move.
Like many, I anticipate that Mike Babcock will instantly make the Toronto Maple Leafs a better team, but I'm sure as hell not convinced that means Toronto is suddenly a playoff team. An actual koala with a clipboard and a fedora could coach this team to a better record next year. With that, I'm not ready to say "hey, we're close, let's regroup with our current core and give it a run under Babcock." That's ridiculous.
May 29 2015 03:04PM
On this episode, Steve goes all in to reverse the #DangleJinx, women's hockey in video games, and more.
May 29 2015 11:05AM
It appears that Brad Ross' tenure in the Toronto Maple Leafs is coming to an end. The Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), have come to terms with the 23-year old winger, signing him to a one-year contract. We can also report that Ross has a player-option to extend it to a two year deal, should he feel inclined.
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May 29 2015 06:45AM
David Booth's interesting stretch routine, Mike Babcock's assistants, Canucks wanting to fix blueline, David Clarkson versus Matt Beleskey, Flames trade targets, teams in Cap trouble, Leon Draisaitl, Peter Chiarelli, free agency, the NHL draft and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
May 28 2015 07:12PM
It appears as if Toronto isn't done poaching coaches from the Detroit Red Wings.
It's believed Mike Babcock has reached out to Tony Granato about joining him with Leafs. DET also wants Granato back.— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 28, 2015
Leafs have asked permission to speak to DET assistants Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer. Both likely to join Mike Babcock's staff.— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 28, 2015
We already knew that Hiller and Brewer in particular were rumoured to be heading to Toronto, but I'm not sure I've heard any firm reports about the Leafs' (and Babcock's) interest in bringing in Granato until now.