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Matthias thrilled for opportunities with Babcock, Maple Leafs

Center Shawn Matthias grew up in the Toronto area, so when he had the chance to sign with his hometown team this summer, he jumped at it. Matthias ended up inking a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs worth a reported $2.3 million on July 6.Aside from returning home, Matthias said playing for coach Mike Babcock was big draw in favor of Toronto."This is where I wanted to go, and [Babcock...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock puts Northville, MI home up for sale

Mike Babcock is cutting ties in Michigan and taking all of his faces north of the border to coach the Maple Leafs.  To help cut ties, Babcock recently put his Northville, Michigan home on the market. The modest 4,486 square-foot home could be yours for $799,999.00.  Maybe a bit less because when you sign an eight-year, $50 million deal like Babcock did, a couple thousand is considered...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings: Johan Franzen gets Nyquist Babcock inspired bedsheets

It looks like Red Wings forward Johan Franzen isn’t going to have as hard of a time getting over Mike Babcock as Gustav Nyquist will. Or at least that’s how Franzen wants it to appear. Franzen, who missed almost all of last season with a concussion, posted this to his Instagram account for Nyquist in an attempt to help him (Nyquist) get over Babcock going to Toronto. ...
Via The Majors Detroit
18 days ago  |  Discuss

From Good To Bad To Babcock

There were nine teams that appeared in both the 2014 and 2015 postseasons: the Chicago Blackhawks, the Anaheim Ducks, the Minnesota Wild, the St. Louis Blues, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New York Rangers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Montreal Canadiens, and the Detroit Red Wings.As always, several teams made surprise appearances in the playoffs, while several others failed to...
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July 25, 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,”...
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Babcock leaving Red Wings to coach Maple Leafs

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 per TSN’s Darren Dreger.  Sources say Mike Babcock has been hired by the Maple Leafs. Mammoth 8 yr contract believed to be around $50 million. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Babcock in negotiations to become Sabres coach

The Associated Press is reporting Mike Babcock, the NHL’s biggest coaching free agent ever, is in contract talks with the Buffalo Sabres to become their next head coach. The person said negotiations were taking place by phone between Babcock and Sabres general manager Tim Murray on Tuesday afternoon. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock becomes the NHL’s biggest free agent

The number of quality free agent coaches available this offseason is arguably higher than it’s ever been. With these vacancies, there is sure to be significant turnover. The most sought after of those names on the market, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, is going to test those free agent waters. Bob McKenzie reported yesterday that he’s been granted permission to talk to other...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock has permission to speak to other teams

The most sought after free agent in the NHL this offseason might not be a player. Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, whose contract expires on July 1, was granted permission by the Original Six club Friday to speak to other teams about potential jobs. If he signs with a team before the expiration of his contract, his new team would owe the Red Wings draft-pick compensation...
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Don Cherry advises Mike Babcock to coach in San Jose

Where will Mike Babcock coach next season? That’s the question everyone has been debating since the Detroit Red Wings were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Predictions over where Babcock will land have shifted seemingly every time the coach makes a statement to the media. Don Cherry has a suggestion on where Babcock should head for...
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May 03, 2015  |  Discuss

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