Mike Babcock nailed it when he described the Toronto Maple Leafs, at least at times, as dumb and fun. The Leafs currently lead the NHL with 37 goals, one more than the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning, despite Toronto playing one fewer game. Credit Babcock, then, with mostly embracing what makes this team tick.
It was a good Saturday night for Mike Babcock. With a 4-3 overtime win over the rival Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs bench boss notched his fourth win of the season, and 600th of his NHL coaching career. Babcock, who joined the Maple Leafs in 2015, picked up 458 wins in his previous stop […]
In a battle of two unbeaten NHL teams, the New Jersey Devils prevailed on Wednesday, handing the Toronto Maple Leafs a 6-3 defeat. After the game, Babcock said his team (now 3-1-0) was “skated into the ground” by the upstart Devils. “Hockey’s fair, you get what you deserve,” Babcock said.
Toronto played the 2016-17 season without a captain. Mike Babcock told reporters on Thursday at the team's media day that the Leafs will go another season without a captain, quelling any speculation Toronto would bestow the letter on any roster player for the 2017-18 season. The #leafs won't have a captain this season, per Mike […]
When Ron Hainsey was added to the Toronto Maple Leafs' roster last month, Toronto fans weren't exactly singing the veteran's praises. But, after listening to head coach Mike Babcock's rationale for his acquisition, Leafs supporters may change their tunes. Related: Fixing the Maple Leafs’ defense means trading a forward According to Babcock, Hainsey is in […]
In September 2010, after watching him in training camp, then Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Brendan Smith has the ability to "be a gamebreaker." (MLive) In 2013 Babcock spoke about how Smith can't force things and that his role with the Red Wings was to kill penalties and "get the puck going." (MLive) […]
The Toronto Maple Leafs are for real. Qualifying for the postseason only one year removed from finishing dead last in the NHL standings cements you as such. One of the main reasons for the resurgence, was No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews. And, if you ask Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, Matthews is just beginning […]
The Toronto Maple Leafs made a big splash on the free-agent market Sunday, signing veteran Patrick Marleau to a three-year deal with an annual average value of $6.25 million. At 37 years old, the Leafs clearly feel that Marleau has a lot left in the tank. According to head coach Mike Babcock, that has a […]
The Toronto Maple Leafs committed three years to free agent Patrick Marleau on Sunday, signing the now former San Jose Sharks forward. Marleau won’t reach his lofty numbers achieved five, six, seven or eight years ago. Toronto’s bench boss Mike Babcock coached Marleau with Team Canada in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.
TSN’s Derren Dreger does a bit at the IIHF World Championships where he interviews people in a café setting. Today’s has the Eiffel Tower in the background, and Mike Babcock in the foreground. Babcock has some set lines, verses of the hymn book he sings over and over, and when you watch enough of his […]
MARCH 11: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs is pictured in the behind the bench coaching during an NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 11, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. On Wednesday the NHL announced that Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan and Columbus Blue […]
Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, Edmonton Oilers bench boss Todd McLellan, and John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets have been named finalists for the Jack Adams Award. The honor is given annually to the coach judged to have contributed the most to his team’s success. Under Babcock, the Leafs made the playoffs […]