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.
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...
Maple Leafs hire Lindsay Hofford
The Leafs officially added former London Knights director of scouting Lindsay Hofford to their amateur scouting department yesterday. Hofford will be one of Mark Hunter's guys and also has a connection to player development consultant Darryl Belfry through the Pro Hockey Development Group.
Hofford's history with 2015 draft prospect Mitchell Marner is long - Hofford had him on his team at the Hill Academy in Vaughan, with the Don Mills Flyers, and in London on the Knights -- and will no doubt add more fuel to the fire that Marner is going to be the Leafs' pick at number four....