Mike Babcock’s in-depth interview with Mike Zeisberger leads the way in today’s links. Enjoy the last day of the (unofficial) last weekend of summer.

Monday Links:

  • Mike Zeisberger: Babcock on coaching Leafs: ‘It scares the crap out of you’ (Toronto Sun)
    “We are going to do is make sure Dion gets at least one day a week off from the media. You know, Nick Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman, Kris Draper … they had those guys out lots in front of the press too. It’s not supposed to be a grindfest.”
  • Mike Zeisberger: Leafs’ Babcock: It would have been easy to stay in Detroit (Toronto Sun)
    “We’d like to build this franchise so that we know that, when the season starts, we’re going to be in the playoffs. Not hope to get in the playoffs but know we’re going to be in the playoffs. That’s what the Red Wings do. That’s what we hope to do.”
  • Emily Sadler: Zetterberg on Babcock: ‘It was time’ for change in Detroit (Sportsnet)
    “There’s a lot of guys in here who’ve been through the same stuff for many years,” Zetterberg said. “I think now with the additions of [defenceman Mike] Green and [centre Brad] Richards, and the new coach [Jeff Blashill], it’s given us a little fresh start. Obviously, it’s going to be a different voice behind the bench and sometimes you need that.”
  • Sean McCullen: Brian Burke, Flames march in Calgary Pride Parade (
    “This is your chance if you live in Calgary to say that this community is important to Calgary,” Burke told the Herald before the 12-block parade celebrating Calgary’s LGBTQ community began. “It’s an important part of what we do, and I think we’ll get a great turnout and it will be an enthusiastic response — it always is.”
  • Allan Maki: Calgary Flames’ Brian Burke on Gay Pride and sexuality in sports (The Globe and Mail)
    “I got a wonderful letter from a dad in Ontario who said he was driving his son back to university and the son said, ‘Pull over at this liquor store’ – which the dad thought was odd because his son didn’t drink. He pulled over and the son said, ‘Dad, I’m gay.’ And the dad said, ‘I didn’t know what to say. But if [being supportive] was good enough for Brian Burke, it is good enough for me.’”
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