Mike Babcock talks trade deadline attitude, social media strategy

The Toronto Maple Leafs are no stranger to trade deadline rumors and pressure. Last season's trade deadline was a bit of a circus for the Leafs, who did not make the major moves some expected at the deadline but nevertheless ended up wrapped up in some of the biggest social media bluffs of the deadline. The Leafs are not playoff contenders this year and could look to make moves...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock’s First Season With Maple Leafs Hasn’t Gone To Plan (Video)

The Toronto Maple Leafs got a proven winner in Mike Babcock when they hired him as their new head coach, but Year 1 hasn’t exactly gone to plan for the organization. The Leafs enter Saturday night’s game against the Boston Bruins in seventh place in the Atlantic Division with 39 points. That’s a lot different than Babcock’s 28-11-3 record through his first 42 games with...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL coaches chime in on visiting their former teams

It’s slightly uncommon for the home crowd to cheer for the opposing team’s coach. But such was the case at SAP Center in San Jose on Thursday night—Sharks’  fans let out a mighty cheer when the jumbotron showed current Edmonton Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan and his staff.It was the first time that the winningest coach in Team Teal’s history had returned to San Jose since...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock impressed by Leafs fans' patience with rebuild plan

The Toronto Maple Leafs play in a hockey-hungry market which can be very demanding of its team. There is always a spotlight on the Leafs, and last season that spotlight amplified the team's struggles both on the ice and off of it. So it would not be surprising if new coach Mike Babcock was a little wary of how fans would react to the team this year as he works on a long-term rebuild...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs Slowly Turning It Around Following Mike Babcock Hire (Video)

The past 11 seasons haven’t been kind to the Maple Leafs. Toronto’s only playoff appearance during that span came against the Boston Bruins in the 2012-13 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. But the switch to Mike Babcock at coach has the Maple Leafs excited about the future. “It’s one of those big ships where it’s slowly turning,” NESN’s Billy Jaffe said on “Bruins...
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November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Leafs and Red Wings trending in two different directions post Babcock decision

When Mike Babcock made the decision to leave Detroit and come to Toronto, it dramatically changed the trajectory of both franchises. The Maple Leafs would go from having a pair bumbling coaches whose decisions were constantly second-guessed, providing ample fodder to the Toronto media, to one of the best coaches in the game who was respected league wide. The Red Wings went from a...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Are bigger nets the right answer for the NHL?

After some pretty significant rule changes in the NHL it seems like changing the rulebook is the topic du jour around the league. Everyone has an opinion about how the league should be run but the most headway is being made when trying to change the rules. The most recent topic discussed is about the size of the nets. Mike Babcock talked about the need to make them bigger and...
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November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock wants the NHL to use bigger nets

The topic of increasing scoring in the NHL is one that’s been debated for ages. Some want larger nets while others want goalies to wear smaller pads. Mike Babcock falls into the former category, once again claiming that the league needs to move to larger nets in order to keep pace with the growing size of NHL goalies. Babcock’s comments, as seen over on Pro Hockey Talk, outline...
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November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock: Maple Leafs job a 'massive, massive challenge'

Mike Babcock knows the task of turning around the Toronto Maple Leafs is taller than the CN Tower. Babcock officially was introduced as the new head coach of the Leafs on Thursday, and despite a reportedly enormous contract in the NHL’s most passionate market, Babcock did all he could to temper expectations in his first news conference. “This is going to be a long process,”...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Babcock leaving Red Wings to coach Maple Leafs

By Liam McGuire  After reports yesterday strongly suggested he would become the next coach of the Buffalo Sabres, Mike Babcock did a heel turn and is now set to become the next coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs with a eight-year, $50 million dollar contract per TSN’s Darren Dreger.  Babcock would be joining a team in the midst of a heavy rebuild, which would contradict his...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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