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Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (53) / 4/29/1963

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Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock doesn't think Toronto's late-game shortcomings are entirely a youth problem.
Toronto has held the lead going into the third period in all five of its contests so far this season, but the Maple Leafs have a 1-1-3 record despite that. To put it another way, the Maple Leafs have outscored their opponents 16-8 in the first 40 minutes of games, but they've been outscored 10-2 in the third and overtime periods. Saturday was another problematic game for the Maple Leafs as they blew a 4-2 lead in the last two and a half minutes of the third period and then eventually lost the contest in the third period. However, if you believe that collapses like that are because the Maple Leafs are young, Babcock would argue that Saturday played against that notion. "That wasn’t youth tonight at all. It wasn’t young guys that made those mistakes. It was veteran guys that made those mistakes," Babcock said. Oct 24 - 11:19 AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for a veteran backup goaltender.

Frederik Andersen will be the team's starting goaltender, but it seems that the Maple Leafs aren't content with the status quo after trading away Jonathan Bernier. "Now we have to find a good pro to come in and support him, and we'll do that," Leafs coach Mike Babcock said, referring to supporting Andersen. It's not clear who the Maple Leafs will go after, but it's possible that whoever Toronto gets will be expected to compete with Garret Sparks during training camp for the number two job.
Jul 11 - 2:39 PM

Don't be surprised if the Maple Leafs add a few veteran forwards via trade or free agency to help mentor some of their young prospects.

Leafs' coach Mike Babcock alluded to that possibility when discussing the development of Auston Matthews, whom he wants to protect and insulate a little from the intense pressure of playing in a hockey-crazy market like Toronto. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 10:52 AM

Coach Mike Babcock said that that the Maple Leafs are going to have a "big decision" to make with regards to who to take No. 1 overall in the NHL draft.

Auston Matthews is still considered the top prospect, but Patrik Laine has closed the gap recently. "When we got in the top three I had my hands in the air," Babcock said. I thought it was unbelievable. … We’re going to have a big decision in the end. It’s exciting for us." Babcock says Matthews, Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi will definitely play in the NHL their first season, but they "probably won’t be dominant right away."
Source: Toronto Sun
May 14 - 11:16 PM

Toronto assistant GM Kyle Dubas wants to stay with the Maple Leafs.

"Very bluntly put, I don't believe I'm ready to be an NHL general manager," Dubas said after his name was mentioned for vacant positions on other teams. "I believe I have a lot to learn, and I believe Toronto is the best place for me to learn that." Dubas has served as the GM of the Marlies all year and the first-place club will begin what Toronto is hoping will be a long playoff run this weekend. It's believed that Dubas will be the next GM of the Maple Leafs after Lou Lamoriello's deal expires in 2018.
Apr 21 - 8:26 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have the best odds of landing the first overall pick in the 2016 draft.

The Leafs have a 20 percent chance of coming away with the selection. Of course, having a 29-42-11 record will do that. American forward Auston Matthews is expected to be the top prospect in the 2016 draft. The 18-year-old had 24 goals and 46 points in 36 Swiss-League games in 2015-16.
Apr 10 - 10:48 AM

For the first time since 2010-11, the Maple Leafs will have won more games on the road than at home in a season.

Of the Maple Leafs' 29 wins this season, 15 have come on the road. They can add to that total Saturday night as they visit New Jersey. Despite the fact that the Buds are tied for last in the NHL with 69 points, they did play a spirited brand of hockey this season with Mike Babcock behind the bench. The squad has a number of talented prospects. It may take a few seasons but there is light at the end of the tunnel in Toronto.
Apr 9 - 11:14 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins 2016 first round pick now belongs to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Penguins clinched a playoff spot on Saturday, which means that they no longer own their first round pick. The conditional pick was acquired by Toronto in the Phil Kessel trade last off-season. The Penguins will get a second-round pick in the deal, which they originally sent to the Leafs as part of the Daniel Winnik trade last season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 3 - 11:12 AM

The Maple Leafs will likely play the Red Wings in an outdoor game on New Year’s Day 2017, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

Three years after the Red Wings hosted the Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, the NHL will turn to that matchup again. Friedman didn’t report on a site, though BMO Field has been rumored.
Feb 13 - 9:04 PM

Even though the Maple Leafs are short talent, and have been decimated by injuries and trades, they have done a fairly good job competing this season.

In Toronto's 53 games thus far, 34 of them have been decided by one goal. That is an indication that the Buds are in most games that they play. Of course, they don't win many of them, but coach Mike Babcock has at least changed the culture in Toronto for the better.
Feb 13 - 11:34 AM

Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said Toronto's performance in Saturday's loss to Ottawa was "unnacceptable".

The Leafs were embarrassed 6-1 on Saturday night and coach Babcock wasn't thrilled. "We’re in a building here, there was tons of Toronto fans, they paid to watch us play and they didn’t get to see us play," Babcock said. "I don’t mind taking some credit when things go good, so you might as well own this. This is unacceptable. We have not had many efforts (like it)."
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 7 - 11:44 AM

Mike Babcock coached in 1,000th game Thursday night.

The Maple Leafs came back to a post a 3-2 win over New Jersey in a shootout. "It's nice to win," said Babcock. "If you look at both teams tonight, it didn’t look like anyone was going to score. It was a clawfest. Most of the games we play are usually pretty tight." He has a career record of 546-307-19-128.
Feb 5 - 9:06 AM

Toronto's scoring funk continued Wednesday night in a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay.

The Maple Leafs have posted a 1-7-2 record in the past 10 games and they have scored just 11 goals during that span. "We will enjoy the break and get energized and get back at it," coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought we competed hard, but in the end you like to leave the building feeling good because you finished. We did not do that."
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 28 - 9:19 AM

Mike Babcock wasn't pleased with his team's effort in the first period of Saturday's loss to the Canadiens.

Toronto found themselves down 2-0 after 20 minutes, but they did manage to come back, tie the game and force a shootout. "I thought we were poor," coach Mike Babcock said. "We gave them (Friday) off (after originally scheduling a practice at the MasterCard Centre). We won’t be doing that again. We weren’t ready to go and we did not compete hard. Our best line in the first period was (Byron) Froese’s line by a mile. (Rich) Clune was our best player. We got going, we battled our way back into the game and were in a good spot. Reims gave us a chance in the shootout … I thought we battled back for sure, gave ourselves a chance." The Leafs had just three shots on goal in the first period.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 24 - 10:03 AM

Mike Babcock expects his team to generate more 5-on-5 scoring opportunities.

"I don’t think we’ve created nearly enough 5-on-5 like we had been doing," Babcock said. "We need to generate more." The Leafs scored just one goal in two games over the weekend, as they defeated Carolina 2-1 in a shootout on Friday and lost 2-0 to Boston on Saturday.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 09:46:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Auston Matthews
2Nazem Kadri
3William Nylander
4Tyler Bozak
5Peter Holland
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Matt Martin
3Josh Leivo
4Joffrey Lupul
RW1Leo Komarov
2Mitch Marner
3Connor Brown
4Zach Hyman
5Seth Griffith
6Ben Smith
7Nathan Horton
D1Morgan Rielly
2Jake Gardiner
3Matt Hunwick
4Martin Marincin
5Nikita Zaitsev
6Roman Polak
7Frank Corrado
8Connor Carrick
G1Frederik Andersen
2Jhonas Enroth