Windsor - May. 20, 2015: To quote New York Sun newsman Francis Pharcellus Church; “Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Jolly old St. Nick brought Mike Babcock from Hockeytown to the real centre of the hockey universe. FULL STORY
Toronto - May. 20, 2015: The Toronto Maple Leafs' did what most considered to be an impossibility today, and landed free agent coach Mike Babcock. Babcock will be the 30th coach in team history and signs a record breaking contract. The mammoth contract will see him in Toronto for the next 8 years and be paid $50 Million US dollars for his services. Can Babcock and Shanahan turn the Leafs' around? Many consider this the best shot the Leafs have had in years to finally get it right. FULL STORY
Toronto - May. 20, 2015: Mike Babcock has been hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs, receiving an eight-year contract worth approximately $50 million, according to Sportsnet and TSN.
A formal announcement from Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment is expected Wednesday afternoon. FULL STORY
Toronto - May. 20, 2015: Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo's Puck Daddy is reporting that Mike Babcock will not be going to the Buffalo Sabres or returning to the Detroit Red Wings. He suggests that the two remaining teams are the Toronto Maple Leafs and the St. Louis Blues. The article goes on to say that the Maple Leafs' plane is on it way to Detroit. FULL STORY
Windsor - May. 20, 2015: Windsor Spitfires General Manager Warren Rychel is pleased to announce the club has agreed to terms on a standard Ontario Hockey League player agreement and education package with local product Michael DiPietro. The Amherstburg native was the club's 2nd Round choice (#23 overall) in April's Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.
Burlington - May. 18, 2015: With the OHL season technically done (Memorial Cup starts May 22), it's time to shift our focus to the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. My final rankings are complete and I'll start releasing my top 50 after the Victoria Day weekend. As a precursor to that, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the players who have made the biggest jump in the rankings this year. Whether it be a strong finish to the regular season, a great push in the playoffs, or a big performance at the Under 18's, these guys completed their seasons the right way. And there's no question that scouts take notice of that.
Toronto - May. 15, 2015: As the offseason progresses, Toronto fans are starting to get impatient with the lack of development in their front office. With still no GM hired, and a coaching hire unlikely until Mike Babcock makes his decision, Leaf fans are beginning to get restless. Some have even started to question Team President Brendan Shanahan. There is however, an element of Shanahans leadership that makes me confident he will hire the right GM.
Wilkes-Barre - May. 9, 2015: It was the WBS Penguins taking on the Manchester Monarchs in game three of round 2. WBS trailing in the series 2-0 coming into tonight's game looking at a need to win situation, or go down 3-0 and try to make a come back
Wilkes-Barre - May. 8, 2015: The WBS Penguins were looking for a little pay back tonight as they took on the Manchester Monarchs in game 2 of round 2 in the Calder Cup Playoffs, the Manchester Monarchs are leading the series 1-0 coming into tonight and looking to make it a clean 2-0 on home ice