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

Thomas Drance
May 19 2015 12:26PM

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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...

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Are the Leafs Falling Out of the Babcock Race?

Justin Fisher
May 18 2015 09:11PM

We've heard over and over again that it's a three-team race between the Detroit Red Wings, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Toronto Maple Leafs for the services of veteran coach Mike Babcock. As his decision nears, it looks like Toronto might be slipping out of contention.

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the total rebuild that Toronto is said to be going through this offseason (and beyond) may be too much of a hurdle for Babcock...

"I still think the two favourites, in no particular order, are Detroit and Buffalo. I could be wrong about Toronto, but I just think that they're at the bottom of their total restart and (Babcock) is not going to be patient enough to lose their for three or four years."

Friedman, obviously, is the man. That being said, I think it's too early to count the Leafs out. Each organization - Detroit, Buffalo and Toronto - offer a unique scenario for Babcock to ponder.

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Maple Leafs Job Fair: Peter DeBoer's Resume

Shawn Reis
May 18 2015 04:00PM

The Leafs' search for both a head coach and a general manger is heating up, and Peter DeBoer is among the names we know for a fact that the Leafs have at least some interest in.  The team has really beefed up their online security as a result of all these resume leaks that have been going on, but we put our nose to the grindstone and were able to bring home the bacon.  The Leafs Nation is proud to present to you the resume of head coaching candidate Peter DeBoer.

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