Report: Maple Leafs won't make a decision on permanent head coach 'until they know what's happening' with Mike Babock
February 21 2015 07:40PM
Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock is slated to be among the most hotly pursued free agents in hockey this summer. Babcock, 51, has opted to go into his lame duck final year without signing an extension and has refused to negotiate with the team in-season.
While it's difficult to imagine Babcock, a Stanley Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist, leaving a Red Wings team that is loaded with young talent in favour of taking on the task of ironing out the dysfunction on Bay Street, the Maple Leafs will reportedly not name a new full-time head coach until Babcock's future is settled.
February 21 2015 05:31PM
We often joke about putting up statues for anybody who does remotely good in the Leafs organization, but at the end of the day, this is a 98 year old organization with a lot of awesome history, particularly in it's former half. This is one of the reasons I really love the Legend's Row idea that the Leafs started working on last season, and tonight, they announced the upcoming additions of two more Toronto greats.
February 21 2015 03:35PM
There's something about the Texas Stars that the Toronto Marlies just can't figure out. I mean, this goes for a lot of AHL teams, but even as the team has regressed from Calder Cup Champions to just a borderline playoff team, their ability to control games against the Blue and White is pretty bonkers. For most of this one, it was more of the same, and it ended in a 3-1 loss for Toronto.
Leafs' Lupul skeptical of scorched earth rebuild: 'Who are we going to put on the ice next year? A bunch of draft picks?'
February 21 2015 12:02PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs seem to be open to shedding salary, accumulating future assets, and trading away every player who isn't nailed down to the floor (by a bloated bulletproof contract).
As actual trades and reports of potential deals mount, what's becoming clear is that management isn't willing to keep rolling the dice on the flawed core assembled by Brian Burke and his successor and current Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis. That means that everyone from Phil Kessel, to Dion Phaneuf, to Tyler Bozak, to Jonathan Bernier could be on the block over the next week, or in the offseason.
For the most part Maple Leafs fans seem willing and eager to see the club dramatically overhaul the roster. On Saturday, brittle Maple Leafs scoring winger Joffrey Lupul, who is set to return from his latest injury, warned that the grass isn't always greener on the other side of a teardown.
February 21 2015 11:00AM
The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets faced off, Dustin Byfuglien was a one-man wrecking crew; the kind of force that could stop a tank in its tracks, rough it up, and after 60 minutes or so let that tank roll along its happy merry way. Byfuglien had a goal, an assist, laid a bunch of people out flat, and the Jets won by a lopsided score of 5-1.
Tonight, the Jets will move Byfuglien up to forward... Byfuglien on the forecheck gives me nightmares.