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Leafs' top draft pick Mitch Marner talks conservative financial strategy

Fourth overall draft pick Mitch Marner signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Leafs earlier this week, but unlike most other 18-year-olds, Marner said he does not have any interesting plans for the money from his first professional paycheck. "I'm just going to save it and make sure that I have money in the bank at all times, that I'm never in a moment that I have to...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Red Wings ink Jurco to two-year deal

The Detroit Red Wings made one of their final moves this offseason, when they were able to come to terms with restricted free-agent, Tomas Jurco, agreeing to a two-year deal worth $1.8 million. Jurco, only 22, was Detroit’s last unsigned restricted free-agent before the Wings were able to lock him up to a two year deal that pays him an annual salary of $850,000 and $950,000 respectively...
Via isportsweb.com
7 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...
Via The Sports Quotient
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lou Lamoriello joins Leafs: success far from guaranteed

Lou Lamoriello sent shockwaves throughout the hockey world on Thursday when it was announced that he had resigned from the cushy confines of New Jersey with the Devils as their president to become the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. If there was ever a move that went against everything you thought you knew about hockey, this was it. The Maple Leafs seem to have everything...
Via Bloguin Best
10 days ago  |  Discuss

What Will Next Season Bring For the Maple Leafs?

View image | gettyimages.com Will the Toronto Maple Leafs be better in 2015? This is a very popular question during the dog days of summer. Will they be a bottom five team again? Will they make a playoff push? The 2015-2016 Toronto Maple Leafs will be one of the most unpredictable teams in recent years. Similar to the Oilers, nobody really knows how they will perform over the...
Via TopSportsReport
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Hakstol's star status by the numbers

The following is a guest post by Jaclyn Mason of Meet Me Behind the Net.     When the Flyers announced Dave Hakstol as the new head coach, many were blindsided. Since then, he’s been the subject of much speculation, which should come as no surprise given that he’s the first head coach to move directly from college hockey to the NHL in over three decades.    ...
Via Flyerdelphia
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Defenseman Kindl looks for a second chance under new coach

Detroit defenseman Jakub Kindl didn't seem to have much of a chance to play under former Detroit coach Mike Babcock. Kindl played in just 35 games last season, and Babcock constantly lamented Kindl's lack of competitiveness. But a new coach means a new chance for Kindl, who has two years left on a four-year contract with the Wings. Jeff Blashill, the former AHL coach who will replace...
Via Fox Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Gave: Wings vault to head of class after adding two top free agents

After Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland's extraordinary $9 million shopping spree today, we can safely surmise that Tuesday's decision to buy out underachieving center Stephen Weiss indeed had far-reaching implications. But there's more we might conclude. Much more. For starters, maybe there was something to those whispers about top free agents snubbing Detroit because they wanted...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Gave: Wings buy out Weiss, turn to future by re-signing Smith

The Red Wings began the process of distancing themselves from the Mike Babcock era today, cutting loose center Stephen Weiss by buying out the final three years of one of the worst contracts they've ever entered with a player. Two years ago, against their better judgment but at Babcock's insistence, the Wings signed Weiss to a five-year, $24.5 million free-agent deal, hoping he would...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Babcock lays out plans to run a tight ship in Toronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs had quite a bit of off-ice drama last season, and new coach Mike Babcock apparently will not tolerate any of that when he is the man behind the bench in Toronto. "The number-one characteristic of a Toronto Maple Leaf is a good human being. Period,” Babcock told the media. “So if you don’t fit that, you’re not going to be here. Anything that’s been...
Via Fox Sports
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Leafs put GM search on the backburner

Toronto still has an opening at the general manager position, but it does not look like the Maple Leafs will be filling that opening any time soon. According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, a new GM is low on the summer priority list for the Maple Leafs. The Leafs fired former GM Dave Nonis on April 12, and Toronto has operated so far this offseason with a group of player personnel...
Via Fox Sports
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Wings get reflective in hunt for right-shot defenseman

Aside from the Mike Babcock talk, one of the most popular topics of conversation in Detroit all season was the hunt for a right-shot defenseman. At one point, rumors had the Wings in hot pursuit of Toronto's Dion Phaneuf, but that interest soon faded. Now, a report from Pro Hockey Talk claims the Red Wings will look within to find an answer for their right-handed blue line deficiencies...
Via Fox Sports
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Stanley Cup odds in 2016

With the recent hiring of former Grand Rapids head coach Jeff Blashill, the Detroit Red Wings are trying to make their way back to a place that seems lost without them, the Stanley Cup title picture.  This past season, the Wings advanced to the postseason for the 24th straight season, dating back to the 1989-1990 season.  Unfortunately for Red Wings’ fans, another trip to the...
Via isportsweb.com
June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Ducks granted permission to speak with MacLean

According to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, the Anaheim Ducks have been granted permission to speak with former Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean.The Senators had previously stated that no team had asked for permission to speak with the former coach.The Ducks will look to fill the assistant coach vacancy left after they fired Brad Lauer earlier this month. MacLean had served...
Via Fox Sports
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Recap: Jeff Blashill named the new head coach of the Red Wings

This morning, ‘the worst kept secret in Detroit sports’ was finally revealed as Jeff Blashill was named the new head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. The 41-year old Blashill becomes the 46th head coach in Red Wings history and is now the second youngest in the NHL behind newly appointed Devils head coach John Hynes. A Michigan native, and the first U.S. born head coach of...
Via The Majors Detroit
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Officially Name Jeff Blashill New Head Coach

DETROIT — The moment Mike Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings, Jeff Blashill was the obvious candidate to replace him. In fact, this coaching hire seemed more like a succession plan that was in place for about a year before Babcock’s departure. The 41-year-old Blashill was introduced Tuesday as Detroit’s new head coach. Blashill has coached Detroit’s minor league affiliate...
Via NESN.com
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Jeff Blashill announced as new head coach

A new era of Detroit Red Wings hockey has begun in Hockeytown, as the Red Wings have officially announced the hiring of Jeff Blashill as the team’s newest head coach.  Blashill, 41, becomes the team’s 27th head coach in team history.  He replaces Mike Babcock, who left Detroit for Toronto on May 20th, after signing an eight-year deal worth a reported $50 million. Blashill was...
Via isportsweb.com
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings sign Jeff Blashill as new head coach

The wait is over. The Detroit Red Wings have officially annouced the signing of Jeff Blashill, coach of the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate team, the Grand Rapids Griffins as the successor to Mike Babcock  after he left the Wings to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blashill was the favorite to get the job. It was the worst kept secret in the NHL. The  press conference was held at Joe...
Via isportsweb.com
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Former WMU Coach Jeff Blashill named Red Wings Head Coach

Another former college head coach has been named head coach in the NHL. Noah Trister, the Globe and Mail -- Jeff Blashill was hired Tuesday by the Detroit Red Wings, ending a fairly un-suspenseful coaching search that began when Mike Babcock left to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blashill has coached Detroit’s minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids for the past three seasons...
Via Goon's World
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings hire Jeff Blashill to replace Babcock

DETROIT (AP) Jeff Blashill has been hired by the Detroit Red Wings, ending a fairly un-suspenseful coaching search that began when Mike Babcock left to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blashill has coached Detroit's minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids for the past three seasons, and he was an obvious candidate for the Red Wings once Babcock left. Detroit general manager Ken...
Via AP on Fox
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Wings hire Blashill to replace Babcock as head coach

DETROIT -- Jeff Blashill has been hired by the Detroit Red Wings, ending a fairly un-suspenseful coaching search that began when Mike Babcock left to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blashill has coached Detroit's minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids for the past three seasons, and he was an obvious candidate for the Red Wings once Babcock left. Detroit general manager Ken Holland...
Via AP on Fox
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Marlies hire Sheldon Keefe as head coach

Former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe has been named the head coach of the Toronto Marlies, the team announced. Full details on the announcement of Sheldon Keefe as our new head coach can be found here: http://t.co/i6gblenVwr #MarliesLive — Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) June 8, 2015 The move has been long rumored ever since the Marlies let go of Gord Dineen...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Marlies hire Sheldon Keefe as head coach

Former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe has been named the head coach of the Toronto Marlies, the team announced. Full details on the announcement of Sheldon Keefe as our new head coach can be found here: http://t.co/i6gblenVwr #MarliesLive — Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) June 8, 2015 The move has been long rumored ever since the Marlies let go of Gord Dineen...
Via Bloguin Best
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Wings will announce Jeff Blashill as the new head coach Tuesday

According to various reports, the Red Wings will announce Jeff Blashill as the team’s new head coach during an 11 AM ET press conference Tuesday from the Joe Louis Arena. Wings announce 11 a.m. Tuesday press conference. Jeff Blashill will be named new head coach. — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) June 8, 2015 The Red Wings also made mention of a ‘special announcement’ on...
Via The Majors Detroit
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues didn’t allow another team to talk to Ken Hitchcock

The Blues’ contract negotiations with Ken Hitchcock were anything but orthodox. The Blues briefly pursued Mike Babcock before ultimately falling back on Hitchcock and giving him a new contract. Though it may sound like Hitchcock was the backup plan, the Blues still had to fend off other teams interested in talking to the coach. According to Jeremy Rutherford, at least one team...
Via Frozen Notes
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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