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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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Bruce Arthur temporarily knocks TSN off the air

The Toronto Maple Leafs introduced Mike Babcock as their new head coach Thursday, and Canada’s version of ESPN temporarily lost the live feed moments before the news conference began. Toronto Star columnist and TSN contributor Bruce Arthur was talking about Babcock’s competitiveness when this happened: The broadcast quickly cut to TSN’s insider panel of James Duthie, Darren...
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Blues miss out on Mike Babcock, but that’s not a bad thing

The last few days saw the St. Louis Blues unexpectedly thrust into the middle of the battle for Mike Babcock. The Blues never appeared to be a contender or a favorite for Babcock, but the Blues at least made it known they were interested in his services. Babcock ultimately signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blues fans took to social media to lament the team missing out on the...
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Sabres had press conference planned for Babcock, ‘livid’ on how things were handled

With Mike Babcock headed to Toronto to become the head coach, the Buffalo Sabres are quite ticked off about how things were handled over the last few days. The Sabres seemingly had Babcock locked down, but he changed his mind at the last minute and went with the cities closest neighbor. Apparently they were so sure they were going to land him, they had a press conference planned...
Via Puck Drunk Love
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Reporter crashes Argos’ press conference to ask about Leafs’ coaching hire

Press conferences occasionally result in somewhat-unusual questions, but it’s rare to see questions about a completely different sport. That’s what happened Wednesday in Toronto, though. The CFL’s Argonauts were announcing their new owners, Larry Tanenbaum and Bell, two of the three partners in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs...
Via Awful Announcing
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VIDEO: Maple Leafs hiring Mike Babcock interrupts Argonauts press conference There is no secret that the Maple Leafs are the top dogs in Toronto.  They surpass the Blue Jays and they definitely surpass the CFL’s Argonauts.  During a major press conference for the Argos Wednesday, (Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of the Maple Leaf Sports Network) has purchased the team and will relocate it to BMO Field), the Leafs’ hiring of Mike Babcock caused...
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Detroit Red Wings: Mike Babcock signs for $50 million with Maple Leafs

It’s the end of an era for the Detroit Red Wings as head coach Mike Babcock has reportedly signed a $50 million dollar deal over eight years with the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the signing, Babcock becomes the highest-paid head coach in NHL history.  He heads to Toronto taking over a Maple Leafs squad that finished eighth in the Atlantic Division, with a 30-44-8 overall record...
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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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Would YOU rather Wednesday: Who would you rather have as the Red Wings head coach, Mike Babcock or Jeff Blashill?

As we anxiously await the Mike Babcock decision, we have to ask the fans who would you rather have as the Red Wings’ head coach Babcock or presumed up and comer Jeff Blashill? Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
Via The Majors Detroit
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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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