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Frederik Gauthier's Rimouski Oceanic is set to face off against the Oshawa Generals in Gauthier's first game of the Memorial Cup. The game is live on Sportsnet at 4:30 p.m. EST. Gauthier has 16 points in 20 playoff games, slowing down after a very productive start to his playoffs offensively, but he chipped in an assist on Rimouski's winning goal in the decisive QMJHL Final game, and continues to play in a shutdown role in the toughest matchups and take all the key defensive zone faceoffs. In Michael Dal Colle, Cole Cassells and company, The Goat has got a tough task ahead of...

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According to Ansar Khan of Michigan Live, assistant coach Jim Hiller will join Mike Babcock on the Maple Leafs coaching staff next season. Some management groups, upon hiring a new head coach, allow the new HC to bring along an assistant of his choosing and hire the rest by committee, but it's not yet clear what the agreement or hiring strategy will be for Mike Babcock as he goes about building his staff. It does sound like Babcock will be bringing along Hiller, who, based on his role with the Red Wings last season, would run the powerplay and do some analytics work. https://twitter.com/CraigCustance/status/601845475617206274 After retiring from pro hockey in 2001-02, Hiller joined the...
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One of yesterday's emerging factors in the Maple Leafs winning the Babcock sweepstakes was the level of respect Mike Babcock has for Leafs Director of Player Personnel Mark Hunter as a hockey man and talent evaluator, something he reiterated in multiple interviews in his media rounds yesterday. That has some, like Elliotte Friedman today, wondering if Hunter’s stock within the Leafs management hierarchy has risen to the point where he’s now among the favourites to be handed the official GM’s title by Brendan Shanahan, an added responsibility Hunter’s been reported to be interested in for a few weeks now. Shanahan...

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Was there a hockey game last night? You've got to love how disruptive the Maple Leafs can be. There was TSN posting a lengthy clip of Mike Babcock's plane touching down early in the morning. There was members of the media throwing professional decorum by the wayside and applauding some of Babcock's meatier proclamations (According to Cathal Kelly, someone even let out an overjoyed sob among the gargantuan media corps in attendance). A pair of Sabres writers traveled down the QEW to grill Babcock on lying to their team, as if it was in some way shocking an eminently employable person with plenty of other options chose not to live in...
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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock sits down with George Stroumboulopoulos to talk about his decision to come to Toronto, his style of coaching, his relationship with Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and so much more.

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A great interview with the Leafs' new General, Mike Babcock, on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown and Arash Madani. Transcript below. If Shanahan wasn’t here, would you have come? What’s it like answering to a former player who once answered to you? I don’t know if Shanny ever answered to me. They were veteran players. Shanny got 40 in 40 that year for me and I still remember being under the Windsor bridge when I got the phone call saying he was going to New York. His time was done in Detroit because Stevie was leaving, he thought it was...
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Mike Babcock speaks with members of the media following Thursday's press conference.

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Brendan Shanahan joined Hockey Central at Noon to discuss the hiring of Mike Babcock. Advice for Babcock dealing with this market: I think that Mike obviously is an experienced guy, he’s been in the Stanley Cup Final a few times. He’s seen it, he’s seen this type of scrutiny, this type of pressure, this type of crowd. He’s been to the Olympics, so he understands when an entire country – like the way the city of Toronto loves and pulls for the Leafs and goes through our highs and lows with the team – he’s felt the whole country do that. I...

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The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to pull brain trust from the talent pool in the OHL, adding Jim Paliafito of the Saganaw Spirit to the front office in the role of Director of Player Evaluation. Mark Hunter (London Knights), Kyle Dubas (Sault Ste. Marie), Lindsay Hofford (London Knights), Wes Clark (Sault Ste. Marie) and now Jim Paliafito—from the old boys club to the OHL boys club. The Leafs could not be better prepared for the OHL prospects in the 2015 draft class and should have some good intel on who might be undervalued for that #24 overall pick, in particular. Paliafito has a...