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Maple Leafs-Oilers Preview

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers are tied for the fewest points in the NHL. While Connor McDavid is giving the Oilers hope for a brighter future, the rebuilding Maple Leafs think their recent trade has them on the road to success. The Maple Leafs could have two new faces in the lineup Thursday night when they go for an eighth win in nine meetings with the Oilers. Toronto...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs-Senators Preview

The Ottawa Senators are trying to remain composed during a rough stretch. Hoping a players' meeting will provide a solution, the Senators try to avoid matching a season high with their fourth consecutive defeat Saturday night against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. A loser of 11 of 16, Ottawa (23-23-6) held a closed-door meeting following Thursday's 7-2 home defeat to Edmonton...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Parenteau's shootout goal gives Leafs 3-2 win over Devils

TORONTO (AP) P.A. Parenteau's shootout goal lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, giving their coach, Mike Babcock, a reason to celebrate his 1,000th NHL game. James Reimer stopped Reid Boucher, Jacob Josefson and Lee Stempniak in the shootout. Peter Holland and Tyler Bozak missed for the Leafs. David Schlemko's disputed third...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: LIVE score updates, analysis and fan chat

Mike Babcock coaches his 1,000th NHL game TORONTO -- Analysis and fan talk flow in the comments section below. Join in!* For the latest news and updates, REFRESH this page frequently. * App users: For the best mobile experience, use the mobile web version. It was Keith Kinkaid vs. James Reimer. This is your place to do it, fans. Chime in with...
Via NJ.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Devils-Maple Leafs Preview

A coaching change and minimal offseason moves didn't appear to signal the New Jersey Devils were ready to become a playoff team. However, they've passed the halfway point of the season and are challenging for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Playing behind All-Star goaltender Corey Schneider, the Devils seek a sixth win in seven games Thursday night when they visit the...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs-Bruins Preview

The Boston Bruins sat seventh in the Eastern Conference at this point last season before collapsing down the stretch and missing the playoffs. Perfectly aware they're in the same position this season, the Bruins have no plans of suffering the same fate. Postseason talk is far off for Toronto coach Mike Babcock, who hopes the last-place Maple Leafs can snap out of their scoring...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Babcock on Jaromir Jagr: 'He's modern day Gordie Howe'

It's not too often that an NHL coach approaches an opposing player to ask for an autograph, and it's definitely rare to see that type of behavior from a veteran bench boss such as Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock. After all, Babcock has coached some of the best players in the game in his time with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Detroit Red Wings and Canadian Olympic men's hockey...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock talks trade deadline attitude, social media strategy

The Toronto Maple Leafs are no stranger to trade deadline rumors and pressure. Last season's trade deadline was a bit of a circus for the Leafs, who did not make the major moves some expected at the deadline but nevertheless ended up wrapped up in some of the biggest social media bluffs of the deadline. The Leafs are not playoff contenders this year and could look to make moves...
Via Fox Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes-Maple Leafs Preview

The Toronto Maple Leafs' ended one of their longest skids of the season with their best scoring performance in nearly two weeks. They have a chance to keep that momentum when they face a team missing its top goaltender. Cam Ward is out indefinitely for the Carolina Hurricanes, who will wrap up a brief road trip Thursday night. Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak Tuesday...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Jeff Blashill’s impact as head coach

Under first-year head coach Jeff Blashill, the Detroit Red Wings are 2nd in the Atlantic Division with a 23-14-8 record at just about the halfway mark of the season. Despite their rollercoaster performance and a fair share of injuries, Blashill and the Wings have a fighting chance at the playoffs. Hockeytown marks 25 consecutive playoff appearances this year if Detroit makes...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock’s First Season With Maple Leafs Hasn’t Gone To Plan (Video)

The Toronto Maple Leafs got a proven winner in Mike Babcock when they hired him as their new head coach, but Year 1 hasn’t exactly gone to plan for the organization. The Leafs enter Saturday night’s game against the Boston Bruins in seventh place in the Atlantic Division with 39 points. That’s a lot different than Babcock’s 28-11-3 record through his first 42 games with...
Via NESN.com
26 days ago  |  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 on 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 had returned to San Jose since...
Via Yardbarker
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock impressed by Leafs fans' patience with rebuild plan

The Toronto Maple Leafs play in a hockey-hungry market which can be very demanding of its team. There is always a spotlight on the Leafs, and last season that spotlight amplified the team's struggles both on the ice and off of it. So it would not be surprising if new coach Mike Babcock was a little wary of how fans would react to the team this year as he works on a long-term rebuild...
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau trolls Maple Leafs in visit to Toronto

Babsocks -- the sock created with the likeness of Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock -- might be all the rage in Toronto, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed Maple Leafs fans where his true sock and hockey loyalties lie Wednesday when he paid a visit to Toronto Mayor John Tory. Tory attempted to welcome Trudeau to town Wednesday by gifting him with a Maple Leafs...
Via Fox Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock reviews Leafs' first half: 'I like the direction we're going'

The Toronto Maple Leafs rebuild is at the halfway point of its first season, and the results in the standings do not quite reflect a massive turnaround; Toronto is 16-17-7, sits in seventh place in the Atlantic Division and ranks 27th overall in the NHL.But there is an air of positivity around the Maple Leafs these days. The team clearly improved during the year, as the Leafs started...
Via Fox Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets look to avoid first six-game road losing streak since 2013

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets are among the worst teams in the Eastern Conference.The Maple Leafs' chances of showing improvement will be much more daunting without James van Riemsdyk for at least six weeks.After scoring once while losing the last two games, Toronto attempts to overcome the absence of its top scorer Wednesday night against the Blue Jackets.The...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets-Maple Leafs Preview

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets are among the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs' chances of showing improvement will be much more daunting without James van Riemsdyk for at least six weeks. After scoring once while losing the last two games, Toronto attempts to overcome the absence of its top scorer Wednesday night against the Blue Jackets...
Via AP on Fox
January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Jack Adams Award At The NHL Halfway Point

The Jack Adams Award, one of the NHL's most debated end-of-season awards, is given to the league's coach of the year. There are often several quality candidates every year, and this year is no different. Here's a look at the most viable Jack Adams candidates through the season's first half.John Hynes, New Jersey DevilsAt the season's opening, most predicted the Devils to be in the...
Via The Sports Quotient
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

What’s Wrong With The Maple Leafs?

The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1967. They haven’t been any good in years. So this past offseason, they decided to shake things up. The Leafs inked coach Mike Babcock, previously of the Detroit Red Wings, to the richest coaching contract in NHL history. They said goodbye to their best player, winger Phil Kessel. And they embarked on a unique rebuilding...
Via The Sports Post
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Has Mike Babcock Turned Things Around For Toronto?

The last decade of Toronto Maple Leafs' history has been comprised of disappointing season after disappointing season. Aside from their brief appearance in the in the 2013 playoffs, where they lost to the Boston Bruins, the Maple Leafs have not made an extended playoff run since 2004.  The Maple Leafs have gone through a number of coaches over the past few years. Paul Maurice...
Via The Sports Quotient
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk eyes next step in Babcock learning process

James van Riemsdyk and the Toronto Maple Leafs knew the 2015-16 season would be a learning process under new head coach Mike Babcock, and now that the team is in its third month under the new coach, van Riemsdyk said the first batch of new techniques the team learned are beginning to become second nature.Babcock's teams are all about puck possession and responsible play at both ends...
Via Fox Sports
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock on James Reimer's return: 'I don't know when we'll see him'

While Jonathan Bernier is back with the Toronto Maple Leafs following a conditioning stint in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies, coach Mike Babcock said goaltender James Reimer's status is still tenuous for the Leafs as he continues to battle a groin injury. Reimer has not played since Dec. 3. He suffered the injury in November and appears to have returned too soon, as Babcock's...
Via Fox Sports
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: NHL eliminating compensation for coaches/executives

It should come as no surprise to ardent fans of the NHL that the league is going to be doing away with the compensation policy in place for fired coaches and executives still under contract by a team. Word from day two of the Board of Governors meetings, the NHL intends on eliminating compensation for execs/coaches. No surprise. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 8, 2015...
Via Puck Drunk Love
December 08, 2015  |  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

Mike Babcock claims Nazem Kadri is 'way better' than expected

Nazem Kadri has been a fascinating player in the NHL this season in that he ranks third in the league with 81 shots on goal but has scored just one goal so far this season. That's an incredibly unlucky shooting percentage of 1.2 percent, and Kadri is bound to be frustrated by the low production.But Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock is anything but frustrated with his forward...
Via Fox Sports
November 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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