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The Babcock situation must have been a lot worse than we thought

“Source: ~90% of the Leafs were relieved to see Mike Babcock go” is what James Mirtle of The Athletic tweeted out on Thursday morning before the Leafs got ready for their first game under new coach Sheldon Keefe. If that doesn’t tell you that things were much worse under the hood of this team than…

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What Sheldon Keefe Can Bring as Maple Leafs Head Coach

Mike Babcock is out. Sheldon Keefe is in. Things move fast in this wacky world we call hockey. Try to keep up. The Keefes Nation aha — The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) November 21, 2019 The aftermath of Babcock’s dismissal will be filled mostly with eulogies, the majority of which seek to tie a neat little…

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So, how long are these assistant coaches going to last?

The Leafs (in this case meaning Shanahan and Dubas) sort of wanted to fire Mike Babcock last spring when the Bruins put them away in game seven. They didn’t, and instead did the most common next thing: replacing the assistants around him. But it’s hard to parse out who pulled the strings most in this…

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Some Appreciation for Mike Babcock, Please

Yesterday, the Leafs fired their four-and-a-bit year head coach Mike Babcock. For all the negativity surrounding Toronto regarding their recent poor play (just 2 regulation wins in 16 games… yikes), there is always a way to look at things in a positive light. One could easily be happy for the future, with the rookie head…

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Mike Babcock’s dismissal shouldn’t have been time for a celebration

“You don’t get another chance, life is no Nintendo game.” — Eminem — Mike Babcock Mike Babcock’s tenure as the coach of the Maple Leafs is finished. Cooked, done, over. He’s forever etched into the first three-and-a-bit seasons of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander. But he’s all done in his opportunity to make…

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The pressure is on

Nobody expected this to happen. Well, I think many of us expected it to happen eventually, but not this early. If you told me back in the summer that Mike Babcock would be the first coach fired in 2019-20, I wouldn’t have believed you.

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Leafs announce that Babcock is out and Sheldon Keefe is in

Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan announced today that Mike Babcock has been relieved of his coaching duties and Sheldon Keefe has been named the Club’s new head coach. #LeafsForever — Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 20, 2019 The Leafs have made the termination of Mike Babcock as Head Coach official, and with…

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The Leafs need a jersey thrower to get back on track

The Leafs are bad right now. Six losses in a row, two regulation wins in sixteen, an inability to win unless Frederik Andersen is in net, and no home games for another ten days. Things are at the lowest point of the Mike Babcock era, and that includes a last-place finish in the NHL and…