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Sitting down with a ‘fireside chat’ with Mike Babcock

From the Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger:

In the first of this two-part series, the new Leafs coach sat down with the Toronto Sun to open up on a variety of topics, including Dion Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri, Lamoriello and, most importantly, re-establishing the Maple Leafs brand in the hockey world.

“We’re an Original Six franchise that doesn’t hold our rightful place in the National Hockey league right now,” he says. “We will.”

How? Even Babcock is aware of the perception that, rightly or wrongly, some players don’t want to be play in Toronto, whether it’s because of the franchise’s recent futility or because of the fishbowl that comes with being a Leaf.

“Maybe not now,” he says confidently. “But they are going to come.

“What was the line in that movie Field of Dreams? ‘If you build it, they will come.’

“So, there ya go.”

Continued...

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, lou+lamoriello, mike+babcock, nazem+kadri, toronto+maple+leafs

Comments

Temo's avatar

Well of course they’ll come; even when they suck the fans still show up.

Posted by Temo from La Capital, Míchígán on 09/05/15 at 09:17 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

Shanahan has really put together a strong leadership team.  But it will take time: drafting and development of players.

Posted by w2j2 on 09/06/15 at 06:58 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Babcock’s such an egotistical dick.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/06/15 at 08:32 AM ET

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