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NEW YORK (Feb. 11, 2016) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for inappropriate gestures aimed at Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during NHL Game No. 805 in Calgary on Tuesday, Feb. 9, the National Hockey League announced today.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
And here comes the throat-slash...
Mark Giordano felt Nazem Kadri’s gesture wasn’t the smartest, Mike Babcock said his forward needs better control and Bob Hartley feels the NHL will make it known how they feel about such behaviour.
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
From his first awkward moments as the team’s 18th captain to the brutal, bone-headed pinch on the first shift of his last game with the Leafs, Dion Phaneuf never had a chance.
Polarizing from the beginning of his captaincy, he never had a chance to live up to the great expectations Brian Burke and Ron Wilson heaped on him when they put the “C” on his sweater.
He never had a chance to win over a fan base desperate for a winner and strong leader when at the time he was a player who was tentative as a leader and tentative on the ice.
And finally, he never had a chance to live up to the big contract former general manager Dave Nonis “rewarded” him, a deal that became a burden to Toronto president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Lou Lamoriello.
added 11:11am, And there it is.
added 11:12am, headline changed to reflect trade.
added 11:15am, Ottawa press release is below...
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“All sports I think are always evolving but hockey’s so much different now, the pace of the game, the age of the players. When I came in the league there was third and fourth lines littered with 35- to 38-year-old guys. You had these old veterans on the team.
“Now it seems the opposite: They can’t wait to get these guys out.”
-Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Much more from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
So that’s 50 out of 1,000 games with the Leafs, and given that only four coaches all time — Al Arbour, Billy Reay, Lindy Ruff and Barry Trotz — have ever coached 1,000 games with one team, it’s hard to imagine at this point No. 2,000 will come in Toronto.
If it did, it would come 66 games into the 2028-29 season, when Babcock will be 65 years old. He wasn’t quite willing to project that far into the future when asked if he’s got another 1,000 games in him.
“Well, I’ve got this year and seven more, and then I’m gonna stay for two more after that because the team’s going to be that good,” he said.
He said it without irony, without a smile, almost enough to make you believe him. If you’re a Leafs fan, it seems a safe bet that if Babcock’s still around after another nine years, the team will have ended it’s Stanley Cup drought.
from the CP at TSN,
The fire by Emma Lake crackled as a jubilant Mike Babcock sipped a drink alongside his father.
It was the summer of 2010 and Babcock was back in Saskatchewan, revelling for a moment in his recent success, which included his first Olympic gold medal at the Vancouver Games and a Stanley Cup championship in 2008.
"You know Dad, things are going pretty good," Babcock recalled telling Mike Babcock Sr., who died last March at the age of 78.
The father reminded his son that the success was already in the past. The message was clear: it was time to move on.
"It was over with," Babcock said Wednesday, reflecting on that day nearly six years ago.
The chase for more is what drives Babcock, who will become the 25th man in NHL history to coach 1,000 games when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
It's all about what's next for the 52-year-old from Saskatoon, who owns victories at the world junior championship, the world hockey championship, and Canadian university circuit to go along with two Olympic golds and one Stanley Cup.
via the Toronto Maple Leafs,
The new Maple Leaf has 31 points, a nod to the year 1931 and a defining moment in team history with the opening of Maple Leaf Gardens.
17 VEIN DETAIL
The new badge contains a total of 17 veins, representing the year the franchise was founded.
13 VEINS AT TOP
13 veins at the top of the crest to commemorate the club's Stanley Cup Championships.
CONNECTION TO PAST
The new logo maintains a strong connection to the classic Leafs logo of the past while offering a fresh take on it for the future.
The outline, seen in the most recent version of this Maple Leaf from 1963-67, has been removed to create a cleaner, bolder look.
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
“Our challenge as a coaching staff — we’ve got to get ’em to play better,” Babcock told reporters after Monday’s practice. “I think when you evaluate the coaching you can give them a pretty hard mark.”
For Babcock to admit that he and his staff haven’t made grade-A-worthy impact amounts to the very definition of pain; he wants to win every night, every period, every shift. Still, for a Leaf fan-base convinced the organization’s depth chart still needs to be further stocked with elite draft picks, the underwhelming results are a lottery-friendly recipe for progress.
Certainly they are a big reason why almost nobody seems upset about the ongoing struggles of the blue and white. The long-palpable angst of Leafs Nation has turned, in some ways, to apathy. There’s a feeling the club is in good hands. But as for the day when those good hands will be held accountable for their deeds — well, it remains a long way off. Last month Babcock started talking about a “10-year” process to transform the Leafs into Stanley Cup contenders. As in, he’ll need a contract extension before this thing really gets rolling.
If nothing else, he is making a case he’s the sporting world’s reigning grandmaster in the managing of expectations. And as for the business of coaching players? To be fair, there have been heartening signs during Toronto’s first four months under Babcock’s control.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Word around the NHL is that Lamoriello has been difficult to deal with, but the first-year Leafs GM is well aware of his role — trying to turn as many players into draft picks as possible.
The most likely Leafs to move: Defenceman Roman Polak, forwards Daniel Winnik, Shawn Matthias and P.A. Parenteau. It’s highly unlikely anyone would be interested in Nick Spaling, Brad Boyes or defenceman Martin Marincin.
Lamoriello has decided not to go to Nashville for the all-star game, choosing to remain in Toronto to plot his trade strategy.
“I have a lot of business that needs to get done,” he said. “And being home will give me a chance to work on it.”
A good number of scouts were in attendance on this night. The Panthers, unlike the Leafs, are unlikely to do much.
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