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MAPLE LEAFS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Mike Babcock: Maple Leafs job a 'massive, massive challenge'

Mike Babcock knows the task of turning around the Toronto Maple Leafs is taller than the CN Tower. Babcock officially was introduced as the new head coach of the Leafs on Thursday, and despite a reportedly enormous contract in the NHL’s most passionate market, Babcock did all he could to temper expectations in his first news conference. “This is going to be a long process,”...
Via NESN.com
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Reporter crashes Argos’ press conference to ask about Leafs’ coaching hire

Press conferences occasionally result in somewhat-unusual questions, but it’s rare to see questions about a completely different sport. That’s what happened Wednesday in Toronto, though. The CFL’s Argonauts were announcing their new owners, Larry Tanenbaum and Bell, two of the three partners in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Maple Leafs hiring Mike Babcock interrupts Argonauts press conference

Sportsnet.ca There is no secret that the Maple Leafs are the top dogs in Toronto.  They surpass the Blue Jays and they definitely surpass the CFL’s Argonauts.  During a major press conference for the Argos Wednesday, (Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of the Maple Leaf Sports Network) has purchased the team and will relocate it to BMO Field), the Leafs’ hiring of Mike Babcock caused...

Report: Mike Babcock leaving Red Wings to coach Maple Leafs

After reports yesterday strongly suggested he would become the next coach of the Buffalo Sabres, Mike Babcock did a heel turn and is now set to become the next coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs per TSN’s Darren Dreger.  Sources say Mike Babcock has been hired by the Maple Leafs. Mammoth 8 yr contract believed to be around $50 million. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs put body movement analytics to the test with prospects

As the Maple Leafs look to open a new era of Toronto hockey, the organization will take a novel approach toward player development. To that end, the Leafs hired Darryl Belfry as a consultant in December. His responsibilities center around evaluating players' skills from an analytics perspective during the year, then using the analytics of body movement to help players improve in...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Leafs hit another low in coaching location ranking

Toronto seems to be the no-man's land of the coaching world, or at least it is according to a new ranking by USA Today. The periodical looked at six cities with coaching vacancies and ranked them from best to worst as possible destinations for Mike Babcock. Not surprisingly, Toronto came in last. "The historic franchise might have to strip down to the chassis before the rebuilding...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel rumor mill continues to spin

Although it has been a quiet week in Toronto Maple Leafs news, fans are staying occupied by keeping the rumor mill running. One of the most popular topics of discussion continues to be the potential for a Phil Kessel trade, and fans disagree over whether the Leafs should trade him out of the division. An editorial by Matt Larkin of The Hockey News suggested trading Kessel to the...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Guy loses his job for shouting idiotic NSFW meme at Toronto reporter

CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt was tired of people shouting vulgarities on live television and decided to do something. Hunt, who was outside of a Toronto FC game, had the camera rolling when a group of men yelled, “f— her right in the p—-.” This has been one of the dumbest viral trends that has popped up everywhere from ESPN to CNN during the protests in Baltimore. The original...
Via Awful Announcing
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Guy Boucher on the Toronto Maple Leafs coaching radar

Toronto is about as hectic of a hockey market as there is. Coaches and players are constantly under scrutiny from the public eye, with every move and action being dramatically magnified by the microscope of the fans and media. When coaches agree to come to Toronto, that pressure is something that has to be considered. If you don’t like being scrutinized, it isn’t the job for...
Via Puck Drunk Love
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 10 Toronto Maple Leafs prospects pre-Draft

It is no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs will likely not be Stanley Cup contenders for the next couple seasons, if any time soon at all. So, without playoff hockey, Maple Leafs fans will likely turn their attention to the NHL Entry Draft. With two first-round picks, including the fourth overall selection, it is […] The post Top 10 Toronto Maple Leafs prospects pre-Draft appeared...
Via Along the Boards
19 days ago  |  Discuss

“Yesterday was just the beginning” for Toronto Maple Leafs

A devastating campaign for the Toronto Maple Leafs officially ended on Monday, and emotions were running high as most players vacated their lockers for the final time this season. After missing the playoffs for a second straight season, drastic changes are expected in order to bring respectability back to a franchise that was once one […] The post “Yesterday was just the beginning”...
Via Along the Boards
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs firings a long time coming

It’s hard to imagine anyone being too surprised to see both general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horacheck fired. Both men are now former employees of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. Brendan Shanahan didn’t waste anytime cleaning out the offices with the news coming less than 24 hours after the team’s season finale against […] The post Toronto Maple...
Via Along the Boards
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs fire GM Dave Nonis, head coach Peter Horachek

Sweeping changes were expected for the Toronto Maple Leafs after an abysmal season, and the club is wasting little time. General manager Dave Nonis was and head coach Peter Horachek were fired Sunday, the team announced. Most of the coaching staff was also let go as part of the ongoing efforts to clean house in one of the NHL’s most passionate markets. One person who won’t...
Via NESN.com
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Dion Phaneuf to reporter: 'Have you played sports before?'

Dion Phaneuf was interviewed following his team’s 5-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets and he provided an interesting response when asked about whether or not he was embarrassed by the Maple Leafs’ most recent loss. Phaneuf thought carefully before responding, but his answer shed some light on what the captain thinks about his current situation. “Have you played sports...
Via Puck Drunk Love
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Nazem Kadri Quits Toronto Maple Leafs (April Fools’ Prank)

The Toronto Maple Leafs were out celebrating April Fools’ Day this morning at the Mastercard Centre with allegations of Nazem Kadri leaving the team. Kadri had allegedly announced to his teammates that he was quitting the Maple Leafs at this morning’s practice. According to the Maple Leafs’ interim head coach Peter Horachek, Kadri made the announcement... The post Nazem Kadri...
Via The Garbage Time
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs: Kadri sent home

Things looked bright for the Toronto Maple Leafs heading into this season. The hiring of advanced stats guru Kyle Dubas as Assistant General Manager and Brendan Shanahan as President of Hockey Operations signaled a change in the Leafs’ front office. Many speculated that General Manager Dave Nonis and then Head Coach Randy Carlyle were on the hot seat with the additions of Shanahan...
Via isportsweb.com
March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel blasts Toronto media for its treatment of Dion Phaneuf (video)

Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel has finally had it with what he perceives as the shoddy treatment that Dion Phaneuf has been forced to endure this season, especially from the media. The typically media-averse Kessel, who leads the team in both goals (23) and points (50) stood in the locker room and chastised the...Read More The post Phil Kessel blasts Toronto media for its...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs burned on Twitter by frustrated fan

The Toronto Maple Leafs can’t beat anyone this year, including some random guy on Twitter in a war of words. The Leafs are marred in yet another miserable season, and they found out the hard way that if you’re going to give someone a hard time on social media, you better be ready for what’s bound to follow. A Leafs fan on Twitter recently vented his frustrations about the...
Via NESN.com
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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