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Report: Sabres interview Bylsma for vacant head coach position

  Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma's interview for the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy extended into Wednesday night, though a deal had not been reached. A person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press that while talks "were heating up," but there was no "definitive" agreement. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have declined to...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Roy praises fellow coach’s new contract

Patrick Roy has never been shy about speaking his mind. Tuesday night Roy was honored at the final of the Mastercard Memorial Cup which is the championship for the Canadian Hockey League. Prior to the ceremony Roy spoke to the press about fellow NHL head coach Mike Babcock’s new 8-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth an average of $6.25 million per year. “If you look...
Via Mile High Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How does Babcock's hiring impact Kessel, Phaneuf, Franson?

With Mike Babcock in the fold in Toronto, it's looking like a possibility that the Maple Leafs' seemingly inevitable roster blowup might not be a blowup after all.At the start of the offseason, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that captain Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel -- the media whipping boys throughout the team's disastrous season -- would be traded, even if that required...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues: Ken Hitchcock’s return demands a roster shuffle

The little song and dance with the St. Louis Blues and Ken Hitchcock has officially come to an end. After courting Mike Babcock and losing him to loads of money in Canada, General Manager Doug Armstrong called Ken Hitchcock back and told him let’s give it another year. That’s right. A one year deal brings back a coach who hasn’t gotten past the second round in his last four...
Via STLSportsMinute
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ken Hitchcock returns to the Blues for one more year

In a polarizing announcement, the St. Louis Blues are bringing back head coach Ken Hitchcock for one more season. Hitchcock’s status has been unknown ever since the Blues bowed out in the first round against the Minnesota Wild. The team was linked to Mike Babcock, but ultimately the Blues have decided to give Hitchcock one more year to get the organization its first Stanley Cup...
Via Frozen Notes
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cup Dumps 5/26/15

GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 06: Head coach Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 6, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blues defeated the Coyotes 6-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) What everyone is talking aboutHere’s something funny. The Mike Babcock saga was anticipated...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Hockey: Mike Babcock is Not the Solution in Toronto

View image | gettyimages.com The Toronto Maple Leafs finally won something. On Thursday, the team announced the signing of veteran coach Mike Babcock to an eight-year, $50 million dollar contact— making him the highest paid coach in NHL history. The news broke Wednesday afternoon, and while early reaction has been positive from fans, does this really make the Leafs a better...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Bylsma to meet with the Buffalo Sabres

After missing out on Mike Babcock, the Buffalo Sabres are moving on and continuing their head coach search. That search now turns to Dan Bylsma who is expected to meet with the team this week. The Sabres already received permission to speak with Bylsma from the Pittsburgh Penguins (Bylsma was fired by the Penguins, but is still on their payroll as his contract ran through next year...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Bylsma to meet with the Buffalo Sabres

After missing out on Mike Babcock, the Buffalo Sabres are moving on and continuing their head coach search. That search now turns to Dan Bylsma who is expected to meet with the team this week. The Sabres already received permission to speak with Bylsma from the Pittsburgh Penguins (Bylsma was fired by the Penguins, but is still on their payroll as his contract ran through next year...
Via Puck Drunk Love
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock says goodbye to Detroit with a full page ad

After signing a record 8-year deal worth an estimated $50M with the Maple Leafs, former Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock took out a full page ad in the Detroit News thanking Detroit fans for their 10 years of support. The message reads with an image of his family and himself hoisting the Stanley Cup won with Detroit back in 2008: “Thank you for an amazing 10 years! We’ll never...
Via The Majors Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the NHL: Toronto gets Babcock, Foligno and more

  View image | gettyimages.com The Philadelphia Flyers were not the only NHL team that has found themselves a new bench boss this week. Unlike the Flyers, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers stayed with the philosophy of hiring a proven NHL head coach to guide their teams. Babcock The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the Mike Babcock sweepstakes. After weeks of speculation...
Via Flyerdelphia
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens and Erreything Else: May 22nd, 2015

Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything else.   It’s more fun than watching Mike Babcock make it rain. ***BREAKING NEWS AGAIN*** tPB has received exclusive footage of Mike Babcock after his press conference with the Toronto Maple Leafs. When asked when this joke will get old, summer intern for the Pens Blog Matty B. responded…...
Via The Pensblog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Mike Babcock takes out full page ad thanking Detroit

Classy gesture by new Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock.  Bye Felicia. Free Press
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Chicago’s Joel Quenneville the NHL’s Best Head Coach?

Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks takes the field prior to the start of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 1, 2015 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by: Jeff Vinnik/Getty Images)   The hockey community has been abuzz lately with news of the Toronto Maple Leafs breaking the...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Babcock: 'I feel bad' for Sabres but had no deal in place

The Sabres swung and missed on Mike Babcock on Wednesday, when Babcock agreed to a massive deal with the Maple Leafs, and they're moving on to Plan B in their search for a new coach.But before Babcock was able to completely move on to his new gig in Toronto, he was asked at his introductory press conference Thursday to address reports that the Sabres were "livid" with the way he...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  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,”...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock Is The New Leaf’s Head Coach

Leafs fans everywhere have been on the edge of their seats and are happy to have a named revealed for the 30th head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Who is it? Mike Babcock. Take a look below as Brendan Shanahan introduces Mike Babcock setting his place in Maple Leaf history. \ The post Mike Babcock Is The New Leaf’s Head Coach appeared first on Beyond The Benches.
Via Beyond The Benches
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock faces 'massive challenge' as Maple Leafs' coach

TORONTO (AP) Mike Babcock has been introduced as the Toronto Maple Leafs' new coach and says restoring the team will be a ''massive, massive challenge.'' The former Detroit Red Wings coach takes over a team that finished 27th in the league this season. He said at a news conference Thursday that he is taking the job with ''eyes wide open.'' Babcock spent the last 10 years behind...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Awful Announcing
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens and Errything: May 21st, 2015

  Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything else.  It’s more fun than… ***BREAKING NEWS*** tPB has receieved an exclusive photo of Mike Babcock before his press conference with the Maple Leafs today. THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS -Not much news…but a lot of conjecture from blogs and such ***CONJECTUREWA….Nah…not this time –...
Via The Pensblog
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs Hire Mike Babcock As Coach On Eight-Year, $50M Contract

Mike Babcock moved from one Original Six franchise to another Wednesday, agreeing to an eight-year, $50 million deal to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs announced the hiring to put to an end months of speculation about Babcock’s future with the Detroit Red Wings, where he spent the past 10 seasons and won a Stanley Cup in 2008. Babcock will...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Twitter reacts to Leafs' hiring of Babcock

The weeks-long saga that was Babcock Watch came to an end Wednesday when the Maple Leafs announced that they had hired the sought-after Mike Babcock as their next coach, beating out the Sabres and his former team, the Red Wings, for his services.And when news broke -- first that Babcock would not be returning to Detroit, then that Buffalo was out and then, finally, that Toronto would...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

After failing to land Mike Babcock, what comes next for Buffalo?

According to multiple reports, the Sabres went "all in" to try and land Mike Babcock as their next head coach, only to strike out. Babcock chose to leave the Red Wings, and pass on Buffalo in order to head north of the border, becoming the next head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.After failing to land their desired candidate, the Sabres are still in need of a head coach. Who might...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock takes on enormous challenge with Maple Leafs

Mike Babcock takes on enormous challenge with Maple Leafs
Via Philly Sports Live
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Babcock reportedly getting megabucks from Leafs

Throughout the process, Mike Babcock said all the right things, of course, about his job selection being about more than just money. But in the end, he left one of the league's most successful franchises in recent history for one of its worst and most dysfunctional in recent history, and as would be expected, he will be compensated for his move very, very well. According to TSN...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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