MIKE BABCOCK RUMORS & GOSSIP

Maple Leafs' overhaul continues with 1st pick in NHL draft

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Hiring coach Mike Babcock and general manager Lou Lamoriello last offseason was the Toronto Maple Leafs' first major step in their high-priced bid to restore relevance to one the NHL's most recognized franchises. The next significant piece in the Maple Leafs' rebuilding plan will be added Friday night, when Toronto has the first pick in the NHL draft. Though...
Via Associated Press
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why Toronto winning the first pick in the NHL draft is so important

As the NHL playoffs move through the second round, the absence of the seven Canadian teams has been palpable. Sure, it’s exciting to watch Ovi and Sid the Kid square off against each other, and seeing John Tavares carry the New York Islanders to their first playoff series victory in 23 years was nothing short of astounding. But, in the background, there are 14 general managers...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
May 05, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL Trade Deadline: Mike Babcock Swears Maple Leafs Aren’t Tanking

The Toronto Maple Leafs have the second-worst record in the NHL, are tied for fewest points and have traded four rotation players away in Dion Phaneuf, Roman Palak, Shawn Matthlas and Nick Spaling. They’ve also lost four games in a row and 11 of 15 overall. Needless to say, their on-ice performance is not improving. Despite all that, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock swears the team...
Via NESN.com
February 24, 2016  |  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 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 returned to San Jose since parting ways...
Via Yardbarker
January 15, 2016  |  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

Are bigger nets the right answer for the NHL?

After some pretty significant rule changes in the NHL it seems like changing the rulebook is the topic du jour around the league. Everyone has an opinion about how the league should be run but the most headway is being made when trying to change the rules. The most recent topic discussed is about the size of the nets. Mike Babcock talked about the need to make them bigger and made...
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock wants the NHL to use bigger nets

The topic of increasing scoring in the NHL is one that’s been debated for ages. Some want larger nets while others want goalies to wear smaller pads. Mike Babcock falls into the former category, once again claiming that the league needs to move to larger nets in order to keep pace with the growing size of NHL goalies. Babcock’s comments, as seen over on Pro Hockey Talk, outline...
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock: Maple Leafs job a 'massive, massive challenge'

By Mike Cole 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...
Via NESN.com
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Babcock leaving Red Wings to coach Maple Leafs

By Liam McGuire  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 with a eight-year, $50 million dollar contract per TSN’s Darren Dreger.  Babcock would be joining a team in the midst of a heavy rebuild, which would contradict his...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Babcock in negotiations to become Sabres coach

By Liam McGuire 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...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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