Initial Thoughts on What Mike Babcock Means for Toronto

Shawn Reis
May 20 2015 04:32PM

Today was a lot of fun.  First the Leafs were out of it, then they were back in it, and then somehow they ended up getting the coach that they wanted all along.  I know I haven't had a good long Twitter refresh craze like that in quite some time.

So as the dust begins to settle on the Leafs' hiring of Mike Babcock as the 30th head coach in franchise history, we can now begin to look more broadly at some of the implications that this move has for the team now and in the future.  Babcock is a significant addition, and yet he's only one significant move in a myriad of changes that the organization is making as they begin an attempt to rebuild the team from scratch.  Let's take a closer look at what Babcock means for the Leafs and what changes it could imply.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - May 20, 2015 - Before Babcock

Steve Dangle
May 20 2015 03:27PM

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Leafs reportedly continuing pursuit of Sean Burke, Guy Boucher

Jeff Veillette
May 20 2015 02:38PM

The hiring of Mike Babcock as the next head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs is obviously the main story of the day, but it appears that it might not be the only one. According to a report from Renaud Lavoie, the Leafs are continuing to have discussions with Sean Burke of the Arizona Coyotes.

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Toronto Maple Leafs hire Mike Babcock as Head Coach

Jeff Veillette
May 20 2015 12:01PM

To say that the Leafs head coach speculation chamber has been burning for a while is an understatement. Randy Carlyle developed a group of skeptics early into his tenure, a tenure that lasted longer than many hoped. Peter Horachek did what he could, but his team ran itself into the basement. Needless to say, hopes have been high for somebody to come in and steer this systematically flawed ship back into fair seas.

Mike Babcock, for much of the past few years, has been considered a "dream scenario" by many. Today, that dream became a reality.

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Buffalo and Detroit out on Babcock, MLSE Private Jet making quick trip to Detroit today

Jeff Veillette
May 20 2015 11:03AM

This might be happening after all. In complete defiance of earlier reports that Mike Babcock was choosing between the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres, with the Leafs being a distant third, multiple reports have ruled out the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres.

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