MIKE BABCOCK RUMORS & GOSSIP

WATCH: Babcock: Don’t expect to name a captain next year

Mike Babcock spoke about the importance of being a captain and that he doesn’t expect to have one next season.
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Avery says John Tortorella's only gear is 'to scream at people'

Former New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery has never been shy to voice his opinion, and in an interview with Dan Marrazza of ESPN.com, he didn’t disappoint. Avery talked about his personality, his reputation and his fit in the National Hockey League, among many topics. One of the topics brought up was his fondness for his former minor-league coach and current Toronto Maple Leafs...
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March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL Trade Deadline: Mike Babcock Swears Maple Leafs Aren’t Tanking

The Toronto Maple Leafs have the second-worst record in the NHL, are tied for fewest points and have traded four rotation players away in Dion Phaneuf, Roman Palak, Shawn Matthlas and Nick Spaling. They’ve also lost four games in a row and 11 of 15 overall. Needless to say, their on-ice performance is not improving. Despite all that, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock swears the team...
Via NESN.com
February 24, 2016  |  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 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 returned to San Jose since parting ways...
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January 15, 2016  |  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...
Via NESN.com
November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Mixed feelings among NHL coaches in regard to net size

The discussion over the size of nets in the NHL has grown into quite the topic of conversation—as if debating whether three-on-three OT is terrible or the coaches’ challenges are effective aren’t enough to keep everyone occupied in between watching hockey games.The lack of scoring in conjunction with the size of the nets and goalie equipment reportedly became a talking point...
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November 13, 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 made...
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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'

By Mike Cole 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...
Via NESN.com
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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