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Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (52) / 4/29/1963
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Steve Briere has been brought on to serve as the Toronto Maple Leafs' new bench boss.
Briere is the head instructor as well as owner of Canadian Professional Goalie Schools. He's also served as the goalie coach for junior teams and is a former goalie that served in the NCAA, minors, and Europe. In addition, Toronto named Ari Vuori as the Director of European Scouting. Jul 20 - 12:08 PM

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Mike Babcock is set on changing the Toronto Maple Leafs for the better.

The Leafs paid a high price to sign Babcock, but one thing is for sure, there won't be the same amount of drama surrounding the team this year. "Anything (negative) that’s been going on, it’s going to be cleaned up," Babcock said. "I told them straightforward, the No. 1 characteristic of being a Leaf is a good person, period. You don’t fit that, you’re not going to be here.We’re going to look after each other and make this a safe place to play and to play hard. You can count on that. Right now, we’re not going to be the most talented group and I have no problem with that. But we’re going to walk with our heads held high. We’ll train that way, practise that way, eat that way, sleep that way. We’re going to be Maple Leafs."
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 28 - 12:02 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs might not appoint a new general manager this summer.

In the meantime team president Brendan Shanahan will continue to work with assistant general manager Kyle Dubas and director of player personnel Mark Hunter to run the team. It's possible that either Hunter or Dubas will end up getting the job. Shanahan might also simply officially assume the GM role at some point.
Jun 23 - 6:01 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have named Jim Hiller, D.J. Smith and Andrew Brewer as Mike Babcock's assistant coaches for the 2014-15 campaign.

Hiller is coming to Toronto from Detroit after spending the 2014-15 campaign working with Babcock. He was in charge of the Red Wings' powerplay, which had a 23.8% success rate last season. Smith is joining Toronto after leading the OHL's Oshawa Generals to the Memorial Cup. Finally Brewer, 29, is another member of Detroit's 2014-15 staff that's making the journey to Toronto. Matthew J. Herring has also been selected as the team's head strength and conditioning coach..
Jun 16 - 4:59 PM

Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun is reporting that the Maple Leafs have offered D.J. Smith an assistant coaching job.

Smith led the Oshawa Generals to the Memorial Cup in May. "It makes sense because he just won, he's a good coach, he's ready to move on and it would keep in line with the Leafs' hiring practices of late," an unnamed source told The Toronto Sun.
Jun 15 - 6:46 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs won't send their 2015 third round pick to Detroit as part of the Mike Babcock signing.

Toronto agreed to give Detroit a third-round pick for Babcock, but they have three years to do so. It's not surprising that the Maple Leafs postponed given that this is a deep draft and the Maple Leafs' poor 2014-15 performance means that they'll have the fourth best pick in the third round.
Jun 9 - 11:52 AM

Scott Pellerin has been named as the Toronto Maple Leafs' new Director of Player Development.

This is the latest in a sweeping series of changes Toronto has made on the front office and coaching levels since the season ended. This one has a bit of a different tone to it though as the old director, Steve Staios, wasn't fired. Instead, he's leaving to become the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs' team president. "We are truly thankful to Steve Staios for the valuable role he has played within the Leafs organization," said Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas. "We are also excited for Steve as the Bulldogs set roots in his native Hamilton – he will serve that club and community incredibly well. We are equally excited to see the progression of Scott Pellerin into his new role in player development. He has been a great addition since coming on board and his influence will only become greater with our young players."
Jun 5 - 11:54 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Dr. Jeremy Bettle to serve as their Director of Sports Science and Performance.

Bettle had been working for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets as their strength and conditioning coach and director of nutrition. The Leafs recently fired strength coach Anthony Belza as part of their front office and coaching shakeup.
Jun 2 - 11:15 AM

Jim Hiller will move with Mike Babcock to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hiller served as an assistant coach under Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings in 2014-15 and was credited with turning around Detroit's power play. The Red Wings went from converting on 17.7% of their opportunities with the man advantage in 2013-14 to 23.8% this season. Toronto meanwhile finished near the bottom of the league in 2014-15 with a 15.9% power-play success rate.
May 22 - 6:34 PM

Toronto introduced Mike Babcock as the organization's 30th head coach in franchise history.

He signed a lucrative eight-year, $50 million contract with the Maple Leafs and he's excited for the challenge of turning the team around. "If you think there's no pain coming, there's pain coming," he warned at the press conference. "We need to put Canada's team back on the map." Babcock and the Leafs' brain trust appear to share the same vision that the team will be patient and develop properly, which is something the fans have been waiting for a while.
May 21 - 12:57 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs will give the Detroit Red Wings a third-round pick in one of the next three drafts.

That's compensation for signing head coach Mike Babcock. The Leafs agreed to those terms when they decided to reach out to Babcock while he was still under contract with the Red Wings. His deal with Detroit scheduled to expire this summer, but given the rush to hire him, Babcock was never going to last that long.
May 20 - 5:29 PM

Mike Babcock has signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The contract is reportedly worth about $50 million over eight years, according to Darren Dreger. That's an unprecedented sum of money for an NHL head coach and is likely the result of the reported bidding war that developed between Toronto and Buffalo. It's worth noting though that at one point it sounded like the Sabres had a similar offer on the table. Which is surprising if true because Toronto is a long-term project and one that's coming off of several false starts. The Maple Leafs' culture is very much in question and it's management is still largely an unknown as its still operating without a general manager. While this is an obvious financial win for Babcock, he's taking a big risk from a reputation perspective. If Toronto is successful then Babcock will be a hero in the NHL's biggest market. If the Leafs stumbles then the Toronto fanbase might turn on him. That all being said, it's hard not to see this as anything other than a big win for Toronto.
May 20 - 2:14 PM

The Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings are out of the running, according to TSN's Aaron Ward and Bob McKenzie.

McKenzie said that narrows the list of possible destinations down to St. Louis, Toronto, and San Jose. However, a recent report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said the Blues wouldn't end up with Babcock either. There's already been a few surprises in the Babcock sweepstakes, but at this point it sounds like Toronto is his most likely destination.
May 20 - 12:54 PM

St. Louis is reportedly out of the running for Mike Babcock's services.

The Blues weren't regarded as a frontrunner to begin with, so this isn't a big surprise. Toronto and Buffalo have gotten into a bidding war for Babcock while Detroit's best offer is believed to be a five-year, $20 million deal. Buffalo's offer is reportedly in the $50 million range and it wouldn't be surprising if Toronto was in that ballpark too.
May 20 - 11:34 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres are reportedly in a bidding war for coach Mike Babcock.

It previously sounded like the odds were heavily stacked in favor of Babcock picking Buffalo or Detroit over Toronto, so we'll have to see if that proves to be the case. The Red Wings have also reportedly put in their final offer, which was a five-year, $20 million contract. Based on previous reports, Buffalo's deal, if not Toronto's as well, should blow that out of the water.
May 20 - 11:14 AM

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