Sportsnet.ca "Cody Franson’s most useful and impressive shifts have been in a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater. So even though he was acquired as a trade deadline rental by his original NHL team, the Nashville Predators, the defenceman would still welcome a return to the club that traded him away — especially..." May 26
Toronto Sun "The first player signed by the Maple Leafs since Mike Babcock became coach is exactly the feisty type with an offensive touch the new boss should welcome. Sam Carrick, who will be a strong challenger for a fourth line/penalty killing centre's role at camp, agreed to a one-year deal on Monday...." May 25
NHL.com "Defenseman Cody Franson, who played almost four seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs before being traded in March, said Saturday that free agents, like himself, will find the team more attractive now that it's coached by Mike Babcock. "I definitely think it makes [Toronto] more interesting,"..." May 24
New York Post "The ripple effects of Mike Babcock’s decision to accept the challenge of taking over behind the bench in Toronto will be felt throughout the industry. First and foremost, his presence in hockey’s version of Baseball New York brings instant credibility to a long dysfunctional operation, and..." May 24
Jim Hiller will join Babcock in Toronto. Hiller ran the power play and did so effectively this season with the Red Wings.
Babcock says the Sabres offer was bigger. He wanted to coach the Leafs.
CBSSports.com "Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make..." May 23
CBSSports.com "Mike Babcock's popularity in Detroit may have dropped some, but it probably couldn't be any lower than it is right now in Buffalo. The Buffalo Sabres were reportedly in a bidding war with the eventual winner, the Toronto Maple Leafs, to acquire the head coach's services. John Vogl of the..." May 21
Toronto Star "New Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said he expects the job of taking over the team to be filled with “pain, fun and a journey.” Babcock signed an eight-year, $50 million (U.S.) contract with the Maple Leafs after passing up a chance to continue his successful reign with the Detroit Red Wings or..." May 21
Pro Hockey Talk "First the Buffalo Sabres lost out on Connor McDavid, much to the disappointment of general manager Tim Murray. Now it’s Mike Babcock they won’t get. And once again, there’s evidence of frustration within the organization: Shawn Stepner @StepnerWKBW League source tells me #Sabres..." May 21
The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs closed the door on Guy Boucher, but he hasn't given up on a return to the NHL. Boucher is in preliminary discussions with the New Jersey Devils regarding their coaching vacancy, according to TVA's Louis Jean. General manager Ray Shero - hired by the Devils at the..." May 21
Mike Babcock will be the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, source confirms
Michigan Live "The Detroit Red Wings have upped the ante in their attempts to keep Mike Babcock as coach. A league source confirmed the Red Wings have offered Babcock a five-year deal worth $4 million per season, as first reported by tsn.ca's Darren Dreger. It appears as if that is Detroit's final offer. The..." May 20
Sources indicate the #MapleLeafs were in talks w/ Guy Boucher this am to make him next head coach. In the meantime, Babcock contacted Leafs.
TSN.ca "Mike Babcock is being paid a record amount of money to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shocking turn of events. TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting the Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal-winning coach will be paid an NHL-high $6.25 million per season over an eight-year term with the Leafs after..." May 20
Toronto Star "It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs will be left at the altar by the top two coaching free agents: Mike Babcock and Todd McLellan. Babcock is leaning towards re-signing with the Detroit Red Wings on a short-term basis, a source told the Star. Babcock told the Detroit News he would meet..." May 19
Sportsnet.ca "It’s a three-team race to secure the services of Mike Babcock. According to Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman in Saturday’s edition of “Headlines” on Hockey Night in Canada, only the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs have formally filed for permission to speak with Babcock regarding his..." May 17
The Score "Former Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee is reportedly among the candidates to be hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Julien Brisebois, Los Angeles Kings vice-president of hockey operations Mike Futa and New York Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton..." May 17
Sportsnet.ca "With former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds general manager Kyle Dubas holding it down in the front office, it was only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs were linked to Sheldon Keefe in their pursuit to overhaul the organization’s coaching staff. Damien Cox reported during Saturday’s..." May 17
Deadspin.com "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15
My understanding is Maple Leafs have acquired permission to talk to Mike Babcock. TOR regime likely at front of line. Aggressive group.
TSN.ca "The NHL's free agent frenzy has begun with head coach Mike Babcock as the headliner. TSN has learned that the Detroit Red Wings have given him permission to talk to other NHL teams about coaching opportunities in a window that is open until mid-May. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob..." May 09
Pro Hockey Talk "Another player has left the Leafs organization to try his hand overseas — on Friday, Swedish League outfit Lulela announced that Brendan Mikkelson had agreed to a contract. Mikkelson, 27, spent all of last season with the AHL’s Marlies after attending Leafs camp on a PTO. He went on to score 23..." May 08
Sportsnet.ca "Since CapGeek went offline in January, analysts, agents, media types and, yes, fans have been craving a suitable replacement source for NHL salary information. While a few websites such as NHLNumbers.com offer up player salary and cap management statistics, no site has been able to focus solely..." May 07
Sportsnet.ca "We already know Dylan Strome is excited at the idea of potentially being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now we also know that the pressure of being selected by the team he grew up cheering for, the pressure of becoming a star in the biggest hockey market in the world, doesn’t intimidate..." May 06
TSN.ca "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been ordered by a U.S. federal court judge to offer testimony in the concussions lawsuit filed by 60 former players against the league. TSN has learned that late Tuesday, a judge ordered Bettman to testify in July on matters related to the high-stakes..." May 06
Also told Leafs would like to speak with NYR asst gm Jeff Gorton about gm job in Tor, however, at the moment NYR aren't granting permission.
Michigan Live "Salary-cap space isn't a concern for the Detroit Red Wings heading into 2015-16, but they have an option to create more cap room and open a roster spot by parting ways with Stephen Weiss. Will a thin free-agent market result in more trades league-wide this off-season? And who's ready for a..." May 05
Pro Hockey Talk "Joakim Lindstrom‘s return to North American was a brief one. On Friday, Swedish outlet Hockey Sverige reported that Lindstrom, who returned to the NHL this season with St. Louis — before getting traded to Toronto — has signed with KHL club SKA St. Petersburg. The 31-year-old, who spent time..." May 02
Pro Hockey Talk "Peter Chiarelli is already at work assessing the Edmonton Oilers depth chart. The newly appointed President of Hockey Operations and GM of the Oilers was reportedly at prospect Leon Draisaitl‘s game with the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night. With Chiarelli on the scouting trip was former GM..." April 26
Toronto Star "Switching leagues is one thing, but moving continents in midseason is an uncommon path to the NHL. But Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander, who began this season in Sweden and will finish it in the American Hockey League, believes he made the right choice by staying in North America after the..." April 24
Toronto Sun "The meeting was called for early Sunday, the morning after the NHL regular season had ended. At first, Dave Nonis thought nothing of it — he thought it would be a continuation of his Saturday conversation with Brendan Shanahan. At first, he figured it would be business as usual. “A part of me..." April 24
CBSSports.com "Longtime NHL defenseman Hal Gill announced his retirement on Thursday after spending 16 seasons in the league with six different teams. He last appeared in a game during the 2013-14 season as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. "I am so thankful to have played for such great organizations...." April 24
CBSSports.com "Longtime NHL defenseman Hal Gill announced his retirement on Thursday after spending 16 seasons in the league with six different teams. He last appeared in a game during the 2013-14 season as a member of the Philadlephia Flyers. "I am so thankful to have played for such great organizations...." April 23
Winnipeg Free Press "Randy Carlyle is sitting just under the roof of the Honda Center and about as far away from the ice as possible. He hates it. "I’m ready to coach again. I’m ready to coach now. It’s not that I’m going crazy, but I love coaching," said the 58-year-old Carlyle, looking and feeling better than he..." April 20
Brendan Shanahan on picking at no. 4: "I think most teams you're just looking for the best guy available."
Shanahan requested and was given permission from the Arizona Coyotes to speak with Sean Burke earlier this week. Ongoing discussions.
Pro Hockey Talk "Yesterday’s housecleaning was “just the beginning” for the Toronto Maple Leafs. That was the word today from club president Brendan Shanahan, the day after GM Dave Nonis, coach Peter Horachek, and others were fired. In other words, don’t be surprised if some big-name players are headed out..." April 14
Montreal Gazette "It wasn’t pretty, but the Canadiens locked up first place in the Atlantic Division as they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in a shootout Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. That’s the good news — the bad news is Montreal faces a tough test in the first round of the playoffs when they..." April 12
NHL.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs fired general manager David Nonis and interim coach Peter Horachek on Sunday. Toronto, which did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season and the ninth time in the past 10 seasons, also relieved assistant coaches Steve Spott and Chris Dennis,..." April 12
Toronto Sun "The Leafs secured their miserable place in the standings last night, ensuring they will finish the season with the fourth-worst record in the league. Thanks to a 3-1 win by Carolina over the Philadelphia Flyers, the Hurricanes can’t be caught. As such, the Leafs will have 9.5% lottery odds..." April 11
Toronto Star "Peter Horachek likely will be behind the Maple Leafs bench for the last time Saturday when the playoff-bound Montreal Canadiens visit to close out the NHL regular season. The Leaf coach said, however, that he doesn’t expect to have any extra emotions attached to the game. Speculation is that..." April 10
The Cannon "Aside from pride, there was nothing on the line for either team this evening. Don't tell that to the Jackets though, who have been the league's hottest team over the past month, and they continued that hot play in a dominant win over the Maple Leafs. It was clear early on that the Jackets..." April 09
Sportsnet.ca "It was apparent after the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 5-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday that captain Dion Phaneuf is running out of ways to describe his disappointment in the 2014-15 campaign. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, it’s not just the losing Phaneuf is upset about. “I..." April 09
The Leafs are about to fall to 1-21-3 on the road in 2015.
Toronto Star "The Maple Leafs have recalled Colton Orr for the last game of the season Saturday against Montreal, a game which could also be the final one in the veteran enforcer’s NHL career. Orr was recalled Thursday from the Marlies prior to practice to set up what is expected to be his farewell, and to..." April 09
Toronto Sun "More than 10 weeks before the biggest day of Dylan Strome's hockey life - a.k.a. the 2015 NHL draft in Sunrise, Fla. -- a blue-and-white Maple Leafs jersey already has been made up in his honour, complete with his name and trademark No. 19 stitched neatly on the back. "Someone actually sent me..." April 08
Sportsnet.ca "Proposed legislation in Russia could prevent a number of hockey superstars from ever competing at the Olympics again. According to the Associated Press, “Russian parliament will consider barring athletes from competing in more than two Olympics.” The bill, which was put forward by lawmaker..." April 07
Toronto Star "“Always the Leafs.” That’s what a member of the Ottawa media grumbled in the press room after Toronto had beaten the Senators 3-2 Sunday night in a shootout, hurting their provincial rivals’ chances at catching the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Back in the Leaf dressing room,..." April 06