May 20 2015 09:18AM
Yesterday, we relayed the message that Mike Babcock will probably not be joining the Toronto Maple Leafs any time soon. Birthday boy Thomas Drance pointed out that it might be time to shift focus to a General Manager with all of the "AAA" options likely gone. But hold on to your Winter Classic Fedoras, because this race isn't ever yet.
May 19 2015 03:56PM
Leafs have hired London Knights scouting director Lindsay Hofford. Front office role but he also has coaching and development experience.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) May 19, 2015
Just a few days ago reports began to surface that the Leafs were on the verge of hiring London Knights Director of Scouting Lindsay Hofford. It appears that today that news became official, or at the very least the deal is all but done. According to The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle, Hofford will be taking on a front office position with the team.
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.
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...
Dineen has been offered a position to remain on as an associate coach while the Club's search for a new head coach begins immediately. (2/3)— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 19, 2015
Associate coach Derek King was relieved of his duties. Asst coach Ben Simon has been offered another position within the organization. (3/3)— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 19, 2015
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.