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Toronto coach Babcock hopes Blue Jays distract fans from Leafs

All of Toronto is abuzz as the Blue Jays officially clinched the American League East championship for the first time in 22 years, and the Toronto Maple Leafs were quick to congratulate their sporting brethren.Plenty of players with Toronto ties across the NHL also celebrated the Jays win, but Toronto coach Mike Babcock might have some ulterior motives when he roots on the Jays in...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs banking on $50M investment in coach Mike Babcock

TORONTO (AP) Mike Babcock slid a yellow legal pad to the right side of the desk in his modest, windowless office, put his head down and wrote down a phrase he had just heard without saying a word. The Toronto Maple Leafs coach, who is as much of a teacher as he is a student of leadership, later scrolled through a series of notes on his cellphone, a blurring look at his cache of...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Parenteau on Montreal coach Therrien: 'We didn't see eye-to-eye'

P.A. Parenteau had a difficult time as a member of the Montreal Canadiens last season; the forward suffered a concussion which knocked him out of the lineup for nearly two months, and then he was made a healthy scratch numerous times by former coach Michel Therrien. The result? Parenteau, now in camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs, does not have the best things to say about his time...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Leafs' prospect on Babcock practices: 'They're explosive'

NHL camps can often be a bit of a culture shock to draft picks and rookies used to junior or college hockey. Under coach Mike Babcock, the pace of those camps seems to take "culture shock" to a new level. "They’re explosive," Leafs first-round 2015 Draft pick Mitch Marner said of Babcock's practices to the National Post. "It’s a lot of fun to be out there when he’s coaching...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ken Holland on Mike Babcock: “We want to kick his ass.”

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland didn’t mince words when discussing former head coach Mike Babcock, telling the Toronto Sun’s Mike Zeisberger he “wants to kick his ass!” The words may seem harsh, but it’s not surprising Holland wants to take down Babcock, who coached the Red Wings for over a decade. It’s not a sign of anger or disrespect, but likely comes...
Via Puck Drunk Love
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock says coaching the Leafs “scares the crap out of you”

Mike Babcock knew he was taking on a challenging task when he became the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto media and fans have high expectations and have no problem driving people who don’t meet those expectations (Phil Kessel) straight out of town. Babcock has commented that he’s happy and excited for a new challenge, but he also admits he’s scared. Via the Toronto...
Via Puck Drunk Love
27 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock puts Northville, MI home up for sale

Mike Babcock is cutting ties in Michigan and taking all of his faces north of the border to coach the Maple Leafs.  To help cut ties, Babcock recently put his Northville, Michigan home on the market. The modest 4,486 square-foot home could be yours for $799,999.00.  Maybe a bit less because when you sign an eight-year, $50 million deal like Babcock did, a couple thousand is considered...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
August 16, 2015  |  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,”...
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock has permission to speak to other teams

The most sought after free agent in the NHL this offseason might not be a player. Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, whose contract expires on July 1, was granted permission by the Original Six club Friday to speak to other teams about potential jobs. If he signs with a team before the expiration of his contract, his new team would owe the Red Wings draft-pick compensation...
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

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