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Video- When Coaches Get Mad

Paul Maurice after a coach's challenge, Mike Babcock with a too many men on the ice call.


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Not The Best Two Weeks For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Kevin MCGran of the Toronto Star,

Question: Which team has the worst record since Oct. 21, the Toronto Maple Leafs or Arizona Coyotes?

Answer: It was a trick question. They both do. They're tied for the worst record, 2-6-0. Just four points. (Carolina also amassed only four points on a 1-4-2 record.)

This is not the kind of company the Maple Leafs thought they would keep in the standings this year.

But this is what happens when the cockiness of the first three weeks of the season -- fuelled by offensive -- morphs into self doubt when a team is told to play defence or else.


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Morning Line- Mike Babcock

“We’re fortunate the trip’s over. We got to go home and . . . get regrouped and get back on track. We were sitting pretty good a week ago, or 10 days ago or however long it was. Now we’ve got to get things fixed up and get some swagger back in our game.”

-Mike Babcock, head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs after a 6-4 lose to the St. Louis Blues and finishing 1-3 on a Western Conference road trip.  Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star has more on the game and watch the highlights below....

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Patrick Marleau Returns To San Jose Tonight

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

The tears have been forming for almost two decades.

Patrick Marleau will do everything in his power to keep them from trickling down his cheeks.

Easier said than done.

Marleau will make his highly anticipated hockey homecoming when his Toronto Maple Leafs visit the San Jose Sharks on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, SNO, NHL.TV). The 38-year-old forward played the first 19 seasons of his NHL career in San Jose.

Marleau knows the Sharks will have some kind of in-game tribute for him. He doesn't know when it will take place or what it will be. But when that moment does come, with his wife and four sons among the family, friends and thousands of fans at SAP Center, he admits it will be difficult to hold back the emotions.

And the tears.

"I don't know how I'll react when it happens," Marleau said recently, fighting to find the right words. "Hopefully there is someone beside me making jokes or something. Keep things light."


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The Leafs Need A Captain

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

Walt Whitman wrote those resonating words as a eulogy after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

(And that’s your American literature lesson for today.)

The Maple Leafs don’t have a captain, of course, and seem in no hurry to award the “C” to anybody.

It’s time.

Captaincy matters in hockey.

Rudderless in Toronto has been an executive decision. The prevailing sentiment is that Auston Matthews will eventually be invested; he just needs a bit more seasoning to grow into the role.


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Mike Babcock On Toronto’s Compete Level After A 6-3 Loss To The Carolina Hurricanes

from Kristen Shelton of TSN,

Toronto trailed the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 just 2:53 into the first period of play. It took until midway through the second before they clawed their way back to a 3-3 tie, but then gave up three unanswered goals, exhausting their scoring prowess en route to a 6-3 loss.

As has been the trend over their first 10 games, the Leafs’ defensive effort was subpar in front of Frederik Andersen, who didn’t offer up the timely saves needed to cover his teammates’ sloppy play.

“[We were] non-competitive right from the start to the end, said head coach Mike Babcock. "From the coaching staff to the players, we were all no good tonight."

“If we start like that, we’re not going to win many games,” said Auston Matthews. “I think it’s just a consistency thing for this team right now. [The Hurricanes] came out and they were flying and getting in on the forecheck and we weren’t very good defensively, so when we start like that it’s going to be tough to win games.”

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Below, watch Mike Babcock post-game and highlights from the game...

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Is Auston Matthews The Next Face Of The NHL?

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

It's clear he's trying to exercise his voice in small increments. That's the tricky part about celebrity -- in order to develop a voice, you have to be expected to have one. You have to want it, as much as anything else. Matthews will be a star, but the question is whether he'll fit the NHL's mold or develop into something of his own making. He is 20, and it's a choice he himself has to make. As the scrum unfolds, Matthews is asked a question that will chase him through his career: How does he want to be a role model for Hispanic children?

Standing away from his teammates with his arms crossed, Matthews rocks his weight from his left leg to his right. "Oh yeah," he says, pausing a moment.

"I'd like to -- I think -- in the future be someone kids can look up to."

much more on Matthews...

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Carey Price Not At His Best

from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

Yes, there have been big saves and flashes of brilliance.

But the Canadiens, as currently constructed, need stellar play every night from the guy who eats up $10.5 million of their salary cap.

Simply put, through five games Carey Price has not been Carey Price.

And unless their heretofore All-World goaltender recaptures the form that justified that gargantuan contract, this team will miss the playoffs.

And deprive us of what might be a great Toronto-Montreal series.

more on the Habs 4-3 OT loss to the Leafs and at the Montreal Gazette too...

Extended game highlights are below...

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The Dwindling Saturday Night Hockey Games In Toronto

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

This year the Leafs don’t play a single Saturday home game in the month of December. They’ll play just 11 all season, tied for the lowest number in franchise history in a schedule made up of at least 60 games, according to an analysis of historical schedule data by the Star’s Andrew Bailey. This is the first campaign in the Hockey Night in Canada era — which stretches back to 1952-53 — in which the Maple Leafs will play more Saturday nights on the road (12) than at home (11). They’ll play nearly as many home games on Monday and Wednesday, 10 apiece....

An NHL spokesperson, citing information provided by league scheduling guru Steve Hatze Petros, said in an email that the scarcity is a product of a few factors, including fewer than normal available Saturday home dates at the busy Air Canada Centre; more Saturday requests from other clubs; and an instance or two in which the Maple Leafs decided a Saturday home game coming off a road trip wouldn’t be in the team’s best competitive interest.

Still, an NHL source said the Leafs requested a lot more Saturday home games than they were given. And this year’s allotment appears to be a new normal in the centre of the hockey universe. A year ago, when the Leafs also played 11 Saturday home games, some chalked it up to an NHL schedule compressed by the World Cup of Hockey and newly introduced bye weeks, and to the presence in Toronto of the world junior championship, which gobbled up arena availability for two-plus weeks.


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A Sit Down With Ray Shero And Mike Babcock

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

On Wednesday morning, ahead of Shero’s Devils taking on Babcock’s Maple Leafs, the two caught up in the stands at the Air Canada Centre, and allowed me to hang out for it.

They began their conversation asking other about each other’s families before the conversation shifted to hockey, specifically what it’s like to break into the NHL as a rookie head coach when you’re not a former player:

SHERO: I talked to (Devils head coach) John Hynes about that. I said to him, you want to earn the veterans’ respect but you don’t want to overdo it. I had told him the story about Mike Babcock and his first year in Anaheim as a rookie coach in the NHL and how he handled some of the veterans.

BABCOCK (smiling): They were mad right away. But you know what, I say to coaches all the time, when you first arrive in the NHL, the No. 1 thing has to be confidence. When you walk in the room, they got to know. Now, if you’ve played in the NHL for 15 years, you’ve got a better resume than us guys. No matter how much winning, even if you’re a serial winner, you haven’t been in the league. They don’t care. If you didn’t play in the NHL, you didn’t play hockey.

SHERO: After we talked about Tony Granato that year, you also called me about John Hynes. I remember saying, ‘The guy in Wilkes-Barre?’ And you said, ‘Yeah.’ And I said, ‘How do you know him?’ And you said, ‘I don’t. But everyone I speak with tells me he’s a guy I should get to know.’ 

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