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Has building a coaching and managerial team become too draft-pick expensive for the Leafs?

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons is concerned that the Toronto Maple Leafs may have to give up too much of their "futures" to build a new coaching and management team:

Word around is that the eventual hiring of a Leafs GM may also come with some kind of compensation price. Possibly a second-round draft pick? Possibly a third-round draft pick?

The Red Wings already established the price on a Mike Babcock hiring as a third-round pick and now that it seems Babcock is likely to return as Detroit coach, what becomes the price to hire AHL coach Jeff Blashill, who is under contract to Detroit?

While once upon a time, the elevation from a senior position in one organization to a GM or coaching job elsewhere was considered part of the game and encouraged, that isn’t the case any longer and anyone under contract elsewhere cannot freely hired by the Leafs.

So [team president Brendan] Shanahan must balance the worth of a GM and coach against the value of a draft pick.

And at a time when picks are precious and about all the Leafs have, how much is too much in compensation?

Simmons continues with the usual abundance of hockey and sports notes...

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Bradley97's avatar

Not that I think this is an issue to worry about, but Blashill would be a fool to coach the Leafs if they came knocking on his door. That is not the right place to break into the NHL as a rookie head coach from outside their system. If they actually had a good farm system their best option would probably be their AHL coach, but Toronto doesn’t have a history since I’ve been following hockey of going with the best and/or smartest option for anything. For the rivalry’s sake I hope Shanahan knows what he’s doing rebuilding the organization.

Posted by Bradley97 on 05/17/15 at 09:27 AM ET

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