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.
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.
Add Saginaw Spirit GM Jim Paliafito to list of new faces on #Leafs hockey dept team. Interesting to see in what capacity.— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) May 21, 2015
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.
May 21 2015 08:25AM
BABCOCK!!! NO WAY, DUDE! NO EFFING WAY!!!
May 21 2015 07:36AM
Let's just get right into this; the Leafs have hired Mike Babcock and the whole story is doing a number on the internet. Babcock will be in Toronto later this morning to be introduced as the thirtieth head coach in the franchise's history, and of course his hiring wasn't without a little drama yesterday. As you may have guessed, twitter was on top of it.
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.