May 09 2015 07:00AM

Mikko Rantanen is a quality two-way winger who played in a top pro league (SM-Liiga) at age 18. His output in the Finnish elite league (56GP, 9-19-28) suggests real offensive ability.

How good is Mikko Rantanen?

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Maple Leafs Job Fair- Mike Babcock's resume

Jon Steitzer
May 08 2015 04:00PM

Once we started this series it seemed inevitable that we would come across Mike Babcock’s résumé. He’s the biggest name out there, and will likely test the waters with every willing organization to see if he’s a fit. In his media availability, he outlined some of what he’s looking for in his next gig (or possibly continued gig with Detroit).

Although he stated it’s not about money, it’s always a bit about money.

Although he’s not looking to GM, find me a coach with his record who doesn't want some say on the roster.

And he wants a happy wife, so you can immediately rule out Babcock coaching in Edmonton.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - May 8, 2015 - Rin

Steve Dangle
May 08 2015 12:47PM


On today's episode, the guys make fun of names, CHI-MIN, and answer Reddit Q's.

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Report: Red Wings grant Mike Babcock permission to talk to rival NHL teams

Thomas Drance
May 08 2015 10:04AM

Photo Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports

Mike Babcock is still technically the coach of the Detroit Red Wings, and there's still a chance he'll be back in Mo-town next season, but for now he's reportedly allowed to touch base with the rest of the league.

On Friday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that the Red Wings have granted Babcock permission to talk to other NHL clubs - including the Maple Leafs presumably - about their respective head coaching jobs. With all of the Edmonton Oilers, the Buffalo Sabres, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Leafs believed to be interested, it's safe to say that Babcock's phone is blowing up at the moment.

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Maple Leafs Job Fair: Jeff Gorton's Resume

Shawn Reis
May 08 2015 09:03AM

I don't know who told the people who want to become the next head coach or general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs to send their resumes to The Leafs Nation instead of the team itself, but it's worked out pretty well for us.  New York Rangers Assistant General Manager Jeff Gorton was the latest person to fall for this cruel but very timely prank.

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