Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf wants to be part of Mike Babcock's blueprint

Angelo Montilla
May 22 2015 10:18AM

Dion Phaneuf's future with the Toronto Maple Leafs remains up in the air, even with the addition of newly hired head coach Mike Babcock.

But the Leafs captain made it clear on Thursday that he'd like to stay in Toronto and play for the Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal winning coach next season.

Phaneuf told Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman that he's "in" with Babcock in charge and is ready for a long and painful rebuild. 

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In defense of George McPhee for Leafs GM

Ryan Fancey
May 22 2015 08:04AM

George McPhee has been in the conversation for the Leafs' general manager opening for a little while now. Linked to both Toronto and Boston, it seems after a year off - following nearly twenty in the big chair for the Capitals - he's looking to get back into the NHL. But folks seem divided on whether he might be a good option in Hogtown, and a lot of that has to do with one trade.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 22 2015 06:45AM


Oilers and Leafs land the coaches they want, the Canucks ongoing rebuild and Jordan Subban, Flames draft plans and cap situation, Zack Kassian, Ladi Smid, the NHL draft, free agency and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Mike Babcock: The First 24 Hours

Jon Steitzer
May 21 2015 04:00PM

We’re 24 hours into the Babcock era, and it's time to start processing what has happened. The Leafs have once again improved themselves in the best possible way by bringing in a coach whose resume includes significant highlights like a Stanley Cup, another couple of Stanley Cup appearances, and two Olympic Gold Medals. After Ron Wilson taking out ad space in the past few months letting everyone with a microphone know what a lousy time he had in Toronto, the Leafs found someone infinitely more talented than any coach they've had since pre-lockout Pat Quinn to take control of the bench. It may have been money that got the deal done, it may have been the fact that Toronto is certainly a more appealing locale than Detroit, Buffalo, or St. Louis, but as long as part of the reasoning included being up to the challenge of tackling the turnaround of a franchise that has been more of a punchline than hockey team, it's a good sign.

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