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#2609845 Z and Emma expecting

Posted by amato on 23 May 2015 - 08:33 AM

He will be born with a full beard.


#2609843 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by amato on 23 May 2015 - 08:09 AM

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They used the happiest picture of him that they could find :P


#2609432 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by amato on 21 May 2015 - 01:43 PM

I have a question:
 
With Babs gone, are the assistants, Granato, Hiller, Brewer still ours?
Will they follow Babs since he hired them?
 
Would especially like to keep Granato since he seemed to have a great impact on the effectiveness of the power play.


The real question is, do we get more draft picks if the leafs hire them? :ninja:


#2609350 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by amato on 21 May 2015 - 11:15 AM

"@Real_ESPNLeBrun: Babcock: ``If you think there's no pain coming, there's pain coming.''"

Pain train's coming baby! WOO WOOOO!!

Haha no but really, it sounds like it's still going to be a slow process in babs' eyes too. Which is good and realistic.. I just hope for his sake, the fans and media understand that. Could be an intense rivalry once again down the line and that's pretty exciting for both sides.


#2609321 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by amato on 21 May 2015 - 09:50 AM

 
They said similar things about Dave Lewis too. How'd that work out?
 
We can find a lot of reasons to help us believe this will or won't work out, but we aren't going to really know until he gets up here and has some real NHL experience. It's a whole different experience than anything he's done before. He may be great, he may be awful. What's more likely is that he'll struggle and grow and perhaps eventually be great. In any event though, we as fans would be wise to manage our expectations so as to avoid disappointment and possibly some knee-jerk reactions if the guy stumbles a bit early on.

And believe me, I'd love to see a nice guy win and a different, more friendly methodology work, just to kill a bit of the idea that you have to be a cold, distant boss who plays mind games to be a winning coach. So I'm rooting for him, and I'm optimistic, but again, we'd do well to try to manage our expectations early on.


I wasn't saying blashill will single handedly bring the cup back right away or anything. Just that he seems like an obvious hire. He's worked with/helped develop half the roster, give or take, and from what the players are saying he seems like a relatable guy. Plus, he clearly wants to be here or he would've left last off season. Sure, I think he can find long term success here and I'm sure there will be some bumps in the road but, there's no better option out there imo. That's all I was saying.


#2609298 About the 3rd Rd. Pick compensation...

Posted by amato on 21 May 2015 - 07:35 AM

 
Mike Babcock for Jeff Blashill and a 3rd is real gud.


Holland finally made a good trade :P


#2609293 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by amato on 21 May 2015 - 07:27 AM

^^^^^^^

Was just reading that article and what sticks out is the "I feel like I can talk to him"


I was thinking the same thing. All the player quotes in that article make it sound like blashill is more relatable and less intimidating than Babcock and players respect him just as much. Blashill is about as obvious of a hire as it gets.


#2608851 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by amato on 20 May 2015 - 12:46 PM

Tod Hess @railfan514 2m2 minutes ago

Babcock's Wife: "I want you to have more time off."

Babcock: "OK, Toronto it is."

Hahaha well at least Twitter will be entertaining :P


#2608773 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by amato on 20 May 2015 - 11:56 AM

Agreed it'll probly be year three's pick because whoever signs babs will likely improve by then, giving up a lesser pick


#2608741 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by amato on 20 May 2015 - 10:53 AM

Don't know if this has been posted : Red Wings upped their ante to 5 years 20 million according to http://www.tsn.ca.

 

 

comment on that article's page:

 

 

Phaneuf 4 Norris

Who told me Babs wasn't coming to Toronto again? :) Things are looking up and I can't wait for the draft and to get this new season started with the best coach in the NHL. Very exciting times to be a fan of the team! GLG!
 

 

 

Maple leaf fans are amusing   :hysterical:  




#2608737 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by amato on 20 May 2015 - 10:39 AM

Wait, what? Toronto media stirring the pot? :lol:  If Babcock choose any team outside of Toronto, I cannot wait to hear the BOOS from the "fans" in that city first time Babs is back in that building!

 

 

I can see it now.... 

 

-babs goes to buffalo

 

-toronto fans try to claim they'll outbid detroit for blashill 

 

-blashill signs in detroit

 

-toronto is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs :P 




#2608567 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by amato on 19 May 2015 - 12:44 PM

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#2608523 Free agents this off season

Posted by amato on 19 May 2015 - 11:01 AM

Looks like Ward could be heading to free agency based on MacLellan's comments....

 

 

 

Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

MacLellan said a 1RW is "on the shopping list" and "is a priority...you'd like to have more stability there."

 

 

The few games I watched, I though Ward looked great on the top line with those two guys. 

 

The caps do have a decent amount of cap space but a lot of free agents to sign.. so it doesn't look like they'll keep him.

 

And with Franzen and Cole both likely done, Ward could be a good signing. 

 

 

http://prohockeytalk...-shopping-list/




#2608505 Dylan larkin #5 prospect out of top 50 on hockeysfuture

Posted by amato on 19 May 2015 - 08:02 AM

Gleneral motors*  :P 




#2608497 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by amato on 19 May 2015 - 06:11 AM

I agree with the no short term deal BS.. just seems like he's waiting for a Montreal or Pittsburgh or something to open up at this point. I'm not saying blashill is the answer for sure (though he very well could be) but this year is probably the best head coaching free agency we'll see. And every team wants long term stability.. The Toronto media probably just printed that so that even though they lost out on Babcock, they can guess the most obvious of his choices "first" & feel good about themselves at least a little bit :P