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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Babcock Speaks to Media For The First Time

Jeff Veillette
May 21 2015 10:44AM


We're past the point of theoreticals, and it's time to deal with absolutes. Mike Babcock is the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he's going to be for a while yet. Today, he spoke to the media for the first time, and addressed the pressing concerns.

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Saginaw Spirit GM Jim Paliafito to join Leafs Front Office

Justin Fisher
May 21 2015 08:44AM


The Ontario Hockey League won't have any general managers left by the time the Leafs are done with 'em. 

There you have it - the Toronto Maple Leafs have gone back to the OHL as the continue to fill out their front office staff. Jim Paliafito joined the Saginaw Spirit in May 2009 as the organization's head scout, then moved up to the Assistant General Manager's role a year later, and was promoted again as General Manager another year after. 

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Steve Dangle
May 21 2015 08:25AM

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