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
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.
Edmonton - Apr. 25, 2015: While it did not come as a complete surprise, yesterday's appointment of Peter Chiarelli as the Edmonton Oilers new President of Hockey Operations and General Manger, it still managed to send shock waves throughout Oilers Nation. With Connor McDavid already firmly in this organization's back pocket, Bob Nicholson wasted little time in changing his management team and Craig MacTavish has no one but himself to blame for no longer being in the position he has held for the last two years.
Stoney Point - Apr. 21, 2015: It was great to see NHL Playoff Hockey return to Winnipeg last night as the Winnipeg Jets played host to the Anaheim Ducks. Congrats to David Thompson, True North and the fans of Winnipeg. I remember watching Dale Hawerchuk play there in front of the infamous Winnipeg Whiteout - where fans all wear white for playoff games.
Edmonton - Apr. 20, 2015: While the vast majority of hockey fans decided to lose their collective minds over news of the Edmonton Oilers winning what has essentially become the Connor McDavid Sweepstakes during Saturday's Draft Lottery, this notion that he is headed to some sort of wasteland for No. 1 picks is downright idiotic. While the frustration of seeing him go to the Oilers is understandable, people need to give their heads a shake.
Stoney Point - Apr. 17, 2015: This weekend will be a big weekend for the NHL TV ratings. On top of the excitement of the first round playoff games, there will also be the NHL Draft Lottery to see who will win the right to draft Erir Otters phenom Connor McDavid. Will it be the Buffalo Sabres, Ariozona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs or some other team?