Cody Franson just joined TSN Radio to discuss the Leafs collapse and his free agency. Among the questions, he was twice asked about returning to Toronto. In both of his responses he openly said he would love to return.He also spoke of the impact Babcock will have on free agents wanting to play for the Leafs. "I definitely think it makes them (Toronto) more interesting," he said. "I think it makes it more intriguing to free agents."
This is the guy Toronto is getting. Someone deeply passionate, and emotionally connected to the city he lives and works in.
It's pretty cool; and this way, you know the Leafs are definitely getting someone who's going to know all of his players very well very soon, and someone who's definitely going to do his damnedest to get them winning.
Elliotte Friedman is reporting Rogers/Bell/Tannenbaum have agreed to hire former Corus Entertainment boss John Cassaday as Tim Leiweke's replacement as CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
Hiller, Babcock's assistant coach in Detroit, has coached in both the WHL and the BCHL, before joining the Red Wings. In 2012, he was named the CHL's coach of the year with the Tri-City Americans. In Detroit, he was responsible for the Wings PP, which ranked second in the NHL this year at 23.8%.
The best, greatest, and most adorable ice dancing couple are also two very, very excited Leafs fans.
This is just awesome. Remember their routine on Scott the hockey player and Tessa the ballerina dancing together? They could make a new one and call it "The Day Mike Babcock Became a Leaf". And include this move.
From your tweet to the Hockey Gods ears, Sel8nne!
Paliafito joins a Leafs management group that already includes Greyhound alumni Wes Clark and Kyle Dubas, as well as Knights alumni Mark Hunter and Lindsay Hofford.
The Marlies, just like their parent club, are looking for a new head coach. Gord Dineen - head coach of the Marlies this season, assistant for the previous five - has been relieved from his duties.
Dineen isn't necessarily done with the organization, however, as he has been offered the chance to return as associate coach. His own assistants, meanwhile, will not be back: Ben Simon was offered another position within the organization, while Derek King will move on elsewhere.
Our very own mcommito has helped create a new biography for the late, great, Pat Burns. It includes a section on his time spent with the Leafs. Check it out.