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10:50  14 may  2019
10:50  14 may  2019 Source:   12up.com

Grading the Leafs: Defending the blue line

Grading the Leafs: Defending the blue line As we get to the Maple Leafs' back end – defencemen and goaltending – it should be noted changes are coming to the club's blue line. Word is already out the Maple Leafs are probably going to lose defenceman Igor Ozhiganov to the the KHL. Jake Gardiner, most likely, is as good as gone due to salary-cap implications. Ron Hainsey? He’s an unrestricted free agent, too. Betting coach Mike Babcock would love to have him back, if only for his penalty-killing prowess. So half of what was – in my books – a better than advertised blue line will be gone. Ozhiganov will be the least missed.

NHL Insider . TORONTO -- Mike Babcock said Friday that he and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas are on the same page despite NHL Insider . TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock admits center Auston Matthews isn't always going to be pleased with his

Mike Babcock will be back as head coach in TOR. Leaf GM Kyle Dubas, when asked about Babcock ’s status: “We’re all in on Mike and Mike is Babcock has a 164-123-41 record since joining the Leafs , but has yet to fulfill the expectations placed on him. The Leafs were seen as potential

NHL Insider Claims Leafs Already Have Mike Babcock Successor Lined Up© Maddie Meyer Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game Seven

The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a very disappointing stretch with head coach Mike Babcock behind the bench, and have not made it past the opening round of the playoffs since he took over.

After their most recent loss to the Boston Bruins in the first round in seven games, many experts and fans began speculating on whether or not Babcock will return as coach next season. While that seemed to have been confirmed, that does not mean that GM Kyle Dubas doesn't have someone in line to take over if and when Babcock's tenure is done.

Sheldon Keefe is currently the head coach of the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, and led them to a Calder Cup Championship in 2018. Keefe and Dubas are reportedly very close, and Keefe is reportedly the next in line to be the head coach for the Maple Leafs.

Keefe has been the head coach of the Marlies for the past four years and has a 189-87-28 with three playoff berths on his resume. Before Toronto, he was the head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for three seasons.

As for Babcock, he has been the head coach of the Leafs for the past four years, and has not had the success that Keefe had in the AHL. He has brought Toronto to the postseason in three of four years, but never won a series.

Babcock has a 164-123-41 record since joining the Leafs, but has yet to fulfill the expectations placed on him. The Leafs were seen as potential contenders for the Stanley Cup last season, and they were once again disappointed. The clock could very well be ticking on his tenure, and the organization wouldn't be wrong to take action.

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Former Raptors GM Rob Babcock dies, had been battling pancreatic cancer.
Former Toronto Raptors general manager Rob Babcock has died. The Minnesota Timberwolves, the team with which Babcock spent the bulk of his time in the NBA, confirmed Babcock's death on Twitter. Babcock, who had been battling pancreatic cancer, was hired as the Raptors GM on June 7, 2004 and lasted a year and a half in that role. His time at the helm will be tied to one of the most infamous events in Raptors history. In December 2004, Babcock traded disgruntled superstar Vince Carter to New Jersey for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and two first-round draft picks. The return for the face of the franchise was meagre at best.

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