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Wednesday Reading: Anthony Petrielli: Exploring Mike Babcock's Systems - MLHS This is not the first time Mike Babcock has been in charge of a team in transition, though.  We can look back to see what he did in Detroit in order to get a better understanding of how he might structure the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs. I clrkaitken: Rebuilding the Maple Leafs Part 2 - PPP Before Brendan Shanahan and his management team set about rebuilding the team, we will go through the organization and assess what the team's strengths, weaknesses and key needs are. Last week we investigated the goaltending, and today we will...

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Relive last night's drama:   Tuesday Reading: Declan Kerin: Sam Carrick Signed to one-year deal (MLHS) Carrick had a very good training camp with the Maple Leafs in September 2014, but was a victim of contract status and the numbers game with players that were no longer waiver exempt; Peter Holland was on a one-way contract and they would not have been able to keep him on the roster if they tried to send him down to the Marlies after camp, as he surely would have been claimed off waivers. On merit, Carrick should have started the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs fourth line center. I Scott...

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The common sentiment around the Toronto Maple Leafs' hiring of Mike Babcock is, “good coach, bad team”—and it is tough to argue against that. This is not the first time Mike Babcock has been in charge of a team in transition, though.  We can look back to see what he did in Detroit in order to get a better understanding of how he might structure the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs. The veteran Detroit Red Wings team that Babcock initially inherited, and eventually became Cup champions, was incredible. In the first five years possession numbers were recorded on stats.hockeyanalysis.com, they were either first or second in the league...

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed pending restricted free agent Sam Carrick to a one-year deal. From the Toronto Marlies: Carrick, 23, collected two points (one goal, one assist) and nine penalty minutes in 16 regular season games with the Maple Leafs this season. Carrick made his NHL debut on November 1, 2014 against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stouffville, Ontario native also skated in 59 regular season games with the Toronto Marlies, registering 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) and 112 penalty minutes. Carrick has collected 66 points (25 goals, 41 assists) in 140 career American Hockey League games. Carrick was...

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Cody Franson and Joffrey Lupul both weigh in on Mike Babcock, Mark Hunter's big impact has him gathering hype as the possible new Leafs GM, and more in today's links. Sunday Reading: David Johnson: Attempting to quantify Mike Babcock’s on-ice impact (MLHS) We already heard yesterday that Cody Franson believes that Babcock makes Toronto potentially more attractive to free agents, including himself, as a result of the credibility he brings to the team as well as the relationships he has built with players over his years in the NHL and with Team Canada. The question I will try to answer today: What will his impact be on...

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There are potentially a number of impacts that the Mike Babcock signing could have on the Toronto Maple Leafs, including off-ice impacts such as free agent recruitment. We already heard yesterday that Cody Franson believes that Babcock makes Toronto potentially more attractive to free agents, including himself, as a result of the credibility he brings to the team as well as the relationships he has built with players over his years in the NHL and with Team Canada. The question I will try to answer today: What will his impact be on the ice? I wrote a few articles on the impact a coaching...

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Cody Franson hopes that the Toronto Maple Leafs make him an offer to come back this off-season.
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Word on the street has Andrew Brewer joining Jim Hiller as new assistant coaches to Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Mike Babcock. From KuklasKorner.com when Brewer was hired by the Red Wings: Brewer, 29, joined the Red Wings after spending three years with Hockey Canada, serving as the organization’s video coach for various international events, most recently working with Mike Babcock for Canada’s gold-medal team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Since joining Team Canada in 2011, Brewer has served on Canada’s coaching staff for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Championships and World Junior Championships, along with other...

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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...