TLN Roundtable - Who's Your GM of Choice?

Justin Fisher
May 15 2015 05:39PM

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You've probably seen our huge stack of resumes we've received from hockey executives around the NHL, all looking to become the next General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ultimately, it's not up to us to hire one of them, but our TLN writers have pretty strong opinions on the topic. It's time to throw down in this week's TLN Roundtable.

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Because whoever the Leafs hire as GM will be well-insulated by an already intelligent group of hockey minds, it might not matter too much who the Leafs hire as GM. That’s especially true since whoever the general manager is will have less authority than somebody in the traditional mold of a hockey GM. We saw that with Dave Nonis this year, who seemed to do a strong job of managing the team ever since Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin were fired and Kyle Dubas was brought on. In this sense, maybe hiring nobody would be the best decision. Or maybe waiting until July or August, when the team wouldn’t have to give up as high a draft pick for a GM, would be the best move.

But we already have one answer leaning that way, so I’ll make a case for someone outside the organization. Since all indications still seem to be that the team would like to hire an outside hockey mind, I’ll make the case for Julien Brisebois, assistant GM for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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McKenzie: Babcock Sweepstakes a Three Team Race Between Toronto, Buffalo, and Detroit

Jon Steitzer
May 15 2015 09:25AM

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In his Friday radio spot on TSN 1260 in Edmonton, Bob McKenzie dropped some of his knowledge on the Babcock situation. Apparently there hasn't been too much interest in speaking to Babcock, and the only teams that have expressed interest are the Sabres and the Maple Leafs. 

"Funny thing has happened here. The Mike Babcock frenzy has been limited to the Sabres and The Maple Leafs. For the time being those are the only teams that approached the Red Wings. Things could change in a minute, and Philadelphia could ask for permission to speak as well."

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Leafs expected to hire Hofford out of London

Ryan Fancey
May 15 2015 07:36AM

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It looks like the Leafs will again go to their connection with the London Knights to make another addition to their management team. The team needs to start hiring to replace the staff they cleared out last month, and they already have one name in mind: Lindsay Hofford.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 15 2015 06:45AM

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Todd McLellan and Oilers real close, will there be an Eakins and Leafs reunion, Flames season recap and stockpile of draft picks, Eddie Lack could be on the move, summer plans, NHL draft, free agency, playoffs and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Why the Leafs Trading Down at the Draft is a Good (or Bad) Idea

Jon Steitzer
May 14 2015 04:00PM


There are few notions less popular in Leafs land than the idea of trading down in the draft. Toronto is a team that is starved for high end high skill prospects, and the idea of grabbing an elite talent after suffering through a horrible season offers some consolation. Of course, the draft is still over a month away, and we have plenty of time to consider every possibility so let’s dive into what trading down could look like.

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