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Sport Underperforming Maple Leafs fire coach Mike Babcock

00:25  21 november  2019
00:25  21 november  2019 Source:   ap.org

Babcock: Leafs' grind-it-out win vs. Kings 'good for us'

  Babcock: Leafs' grind-it-out win vs. Kings 'good for us' Mike Babcock might not have been too impressed with his Toronto Maple Leafs after they squeezed out two points against the lowly Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, but he saw the game as a stepping stone. "We need to go through that," the head coach said postgame, according to Yahoo Sports' Justin Cuthbert. "We need to figure out who we are, and the harder the game is for us the better it is. "Would you like to win by a touchdown and everyone relaxes and all that? Yeah, but we're not getting anywhere like that. This is important to do.

Mike Babcock was fired as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. "Today, we made the decision to relieve Mike Babcock of his coaching duties and named Sheldon Keefe our new head coach ," team president The Maple Leafs were 173-133-45 in five seasons under Babcock .

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. The team is a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and is one of the Original Six teams of the NHL.

TORONTO (AP) — The underperforming Toronto Maple Leafs fired coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday and replaced him with Sheldon Keefe.

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock stands behind Kasperi Kapanen (24) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. The Penguins won 6-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)© Provided by The Associated Press Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock stands behind Kasperi Kapanen (24) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. The Penguins won 6-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Babcock had a record of 9-10-4 this season for the struggling Leafs, who are 0-5-1 in their last six games, including five straight losses in regulation.

"Over parts of the last five seasons, Mike has played an integral role in changing the direction of our franchise," Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan said in a statement. "Mike's commitment and tireless work ethic has put our organization in a better place and we are extremely grateful and appreciative of the foundation he has helped us build here. At this time, we collectively felt that it was best to make a change to Sheldon Keefe."

Crucial road trip could determine Babcock's fate as Leafs head coach

  Crucial road trip could determine Babcock's fate as Leafs head coach Mike Babcock departed Scotiabank Arena on Friday night as the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he may be packing his belongings the next time he returns. The floundering Leafs fell to 9-8-4 on the season after a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday. It was Toronto's fourth straight loss, and the team has recorded just two regulation wins over its last 14 games. For a squad that's arguably one of the most talented in the league, that stretch is unacceptable. It won't get easier, either, as the Leafs embark on a six-game road trip Saturday:The first four games of the road trip are especially tough.

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Babcock had served as the Maple Leafs head coach since 2015. Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan announced today that Mike Babcock has been relieved of his coaching duties and Sheldon Keefe has been named the Club’s new head coach .

Hired as part of Toronto's massive rebuild in the spring of 2015, the 56-year-old Babcock went 173-133-45 in his four-plus seasons with Toronto. After signing the richest coaching contract in NHL history at $50 million over eight years, Babcock got Toronto to the playoffs the last three seasons but was unable to advance beyond the first round.

Babcock came to Toronto with an impressive resume, having won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and back-to-back Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2010 and 2014. He has a career record of 700-418-19 with Toronto, Detroit and Anaheim.

The 39-year-old Keefe, who has a long history with Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, was in his fifth season as coach of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

Babcock: I'll coach 'as hard as I can, as long as I can'

  Babcock: I'll coach 'as hard as I can, as long as I can' With speculation about his job security running rampant, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock is confident he'll get his team back on track. "I'm gonna do it as hard as I can, as long as I can. I've always bet on Mike Babcock, I'll continue to bet on him," the Leafs' bench boss told TSN on Monday. Babcock is on the hot seat with the Maple Leafs mired in a five-game losing streak and outside the playoff picture. The club has looked listless in several recent efforts, and Toronto ranks in the bottom portion of the league in power-play efficiency (16.7%), penalty kill (75%), and expected goals at five-on-five (48.3%).

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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 all in on us. We’ve had productive management meetings as an organization and Mike and I have had some really good meetings as well…

Keefe led the Marlies to a 199-89-31 record and was twice named the AHL coach of the year. He helped the Marlies capture the franchise's first Calder Cup championship in 2018.

Babcock's Leafs stumbled this season despite a star-studded forward group led by Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, a defense led by Morgan Rielly, Tyson Barrie and Jake Muzzin, and goalie Frederik Andersen.

Despite that talent up front, Toronto was unable to find traction after a summer of change that saw a number of Babcock's trusted veterans leave town as part of a salary-cap crunch precipitated by big-money contract extensions handed to Matthews and Marner.

Toronto's Big Four chewed up nearly half of the $81.5 million cap, leaving Dubas to try to fill in the roster around the edges with young players and discount veterans.

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Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios says Mike Babcock was 'verbally assaulting' Detroit Red Wings' Johan Franzen .
Chelios, who played 26 years in the NHL, said Franzen once had a nervous breakdown during and after a playoff game because Babcock's actions.Chris Chelios — who played 26 seasons in the NHL — alleged on Barstool Sports' Spittin Chiclets podcast on Monday that Mike Babcock verbally assaulted former Red Wings forward Johan Franzen to the point that Franzen had a nervous breakdown.

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