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The Message Mike Babcock Is Trying To Send

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Mike Babcock's voice is already gone and the puck hasn't even dropped yet on the 2015-16 season.

There's been a lot of teaching going on for the new Toronto Maple Leafs head coach.

And it's going to continue all season.

Win or lose -- and it's going to be much more of the latter in Year 1 of the Lou Lamoriello-Babs Don't Call It a Rebuild project -- Babcock is going to get his message through come hell or high water. That's going to be the biggest gain overall this season, changing the way things are done in these parts, re-engineering the DNA of a club that's gone about it the wrong way for a long time.

"We're going to get it so that we're organized; we're going to get it so that we're very hardworking and that we're in it together night in and night out and a hard group to play against," Babcock told a throng of media on the eve of the season opener against the Montreal Canadiens, the hoarseness in his voice in midseason form.

"We need to make it hard on teams. Now, how long is that going to take? I can't really answer that question. I just know we're working at getting better every day."

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