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.
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.
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 unique multi-sport background, including NFL player agent, representing Hall of...
Mike Babcock on The Bryan Hayes Show with Hayes and Dave Naylor.
On the surprise choice in Toronto:
Yeah, I didn’t see it coming either to be honest with you. I knew that they were looking for a coach. I knew I was going to go through a process. Kenny Holland and the Illitch family afforded me that opportunity. I came to visit the Leafs, I had to check back, I don’t know what day it was – the 9th or 10th – when I got back I told my family I was real impressed. I met with Hunts and Shanny...
Mike Babcock has been officially introduced as the 30th coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Full transcript of his introductory press conference below.
Mike Babcock's opening remarks:
I too would like to thank Ken Holland, the Detroit Red Wings, the Illitch family for ten unbelievable years and opportunity for my family to grow up in one city. Very, very special times. I’d like to thank the board, Larry, Brendan, for this opportunity. I’m thrilled today to be here. I have to tell you, I felt like I was 25 years old, scared to death to be here. I’m excited for the opportunity...
What a day in Leafland. It wasn't exactly a Clarkson trade-level blindside news bomb, but even best-in-the-biz Bob McKenzie gave the Leafs zero chance at landing Mike Babcock 24 hours ago, as it appears only Shanahan himself knows what Shanahan is up to.
The latest news and notes:
The angle of Babcock attracting talent is going to be fascinating to follow (Stamkos 2016!!) and we may be seeing our first signs of it with a potential assistant coach hiring of Guy Boucher. The Red Wings reportedly were interested in Boucher last season as an assistant under Babcock, but he was locked into...
Mike Babcock is set to become the next head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Babcock is flying into Toronto tomorrow morning, when he's expected to put pen to paper on a long-term, unprecedentedly expensive contract with the Maple Leafs.
The one thing MLSE can’t make excuses for is being outbid in any non-capped competition. There is some strange criticism surfacing on Twitter about MLSE "just throwing money" at Babcock, but there's really no excuse for MLSE not to have made it very clear to Babcock from the beginning that they'll offer a million more a year than any other team's best offer. Why not? Think...