Toronto Back In Babcock Running?

Jeff Veillette
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.

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Leafs Hire Lindsay Hofford to Front Office Role

Shawn Reis
May 19 2015 03:56PM

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.

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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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