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 Posted: Wed May 20th, 2015 08:00 pm
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Todd McLellan was prepping for the future before he even had his new job.

The new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers made sure to get advice from Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby - whom he coached at the World Championship - about working with Connor McDavid, trying to understand what the youngster might be going through in his transition to the NHL.

"One of the things I did was spend some time with Sidney and ask him what it was like as a young 18-year-old coming up that way, some of the hardships he may have had or some of the things he appreciated … that his teammates or the organization did for him," said McLellan to Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun.

"It’s tough to be that player in this world, especially in a Canadian market, but Connor will be fine. He’ll get what he needs from the Oilers organization, the coaching staff and his teammates."

McDavid is the 2015 version of Crosby. A can't-miss prospect with first-overall pick written all over him. A franchise player who will change the future direction of the Oilers. A player who could become one of the greats.

With McLellan being responsible for the upbringing of the potential star, reaching out to Crosby, who went through a similar situation, was a bright move.

"I thought it through a lot," McLellan explained. "This is a special player. He has a special skill set that the fans are going to enjoy for a long time, but he’s still a young man.

"He’s learned how to deal with an immense amount of tension and pressure, but that’s at the junior level - it’s going to change when he gets to the NHL.

"It’s our job to make sure we get the most out of him in a really good environment - not a protecting environment, he has to learn how to deal with that - but making sure he is comfortable in his surroundings, taken care of away from the rink."

McDavid recently completed his last season of junior hockey with the Erie Otters, scoring 44 goals and adding 76 assists in 47 regular-season games, while adding another 49 points in 19 postseason contests.

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lobo316 wrote: Mike Babcock is about to become a rich man.

The questions that remain are how rich he'll be and who he'll collect his bounty from.

The Detroit Red Wings have made Babcock an offer of $3.25 million annually, but the Buffalo Sabres have reportedly raised the stakes and have the biggest ante on the table, which includes a long-term commitment.



According to TSN he just signed with Toronto.


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Mike Babcock is being paid a record amount of money to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shocking turn of events.

TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting the Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal-winning coach will be paid an NHL-high $6.25 per season over an eight-year term with the Leafs after joining the team Wednesday. Babcock was the subject of an 11th hour bidding war between the Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings, whom he coached 10 seasons before becoming hockey's highest profile free agent.

The Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal-winning coach will be paid an NHL-high $X.X per season over a X-year term with the Leafs after joining the team Wednesday. Babcock was the subject of an 11th hour bidding war between the Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings, whom he coached 10 seasons before becoming hockey's highest profile free agent.

The Leafs were not projected in the final mix of teams pursuing Babcock after the 52-year-old was granted permission to explore the market for his services before his contract with the Red Wings expired. 

But Toronto suddenly changed all that: now Babcock's long term mission is to lead the Leafs to a Stanley Cup for the first time since 1967.

Babcock is being asked – in conjunction with President Brendan Shanahan and, presumably, a new general manager - to turn around a franchise that has finished out of the playoffs nine of the past 10 seasons. His teams have missed the playoffs just once in 12 NHL seasons – and his Red Wings reached the post-season for a current high 24th consecutive season in 2014-15.  

This is the boldest move yet by Shanahan who this season has fired a GM, two head coaches and double digit scouts, traded a group of impending free agents and is contemplating dealing the likes of captain Dion Phaneuf and star scorer Phil Kessel.

Babcock guided the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008 and led them back to the Cup final the following season. Babcock is the winningest coach in Red Wings history and led the team to the Presidents' Trophy twice. The Red Wings, whose final offer was believed to be $4 millon per season over 5 years, will receive a third round draft pick as compensation for losing their head coach.

Babcock is the only coach in hockey's Triple Gold Club: an honour bestowed upon individuals who have won Olympic (2010, 2014), World (2004) and Stanley Cup (2008) championships. Babcock also coached Canada to World Junior gold in 1997.



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Don Sweeney finally named Bruins new GM.

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The Boston Bruins stayed within their organization for their new general manager, hiring Don Sweeney to replace Peter Chiarelli.

Sweeney is the team's eighth GM after serving as an assistant for the past six years and working three before that in player development and hockey operations.

The Bruins missed the playoffs this season after seven consecutive trips, and that failure cost Chiarelli his job.

Sweeney, 48, inherits a veteran, cap-strapped roster and coach Claude Julien, whose future remains unclear.

After winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and going to the final in 2013 with the same core that remains, Boston expects success, and Sweeney knows it.

"I am fully aware of everyone’s expectations to move the organization forward," Sweeney said in a statement. "The challenges ahead rests with the players, the coaches and the management group to work hard to make the necessary changes to bring the Bruins back to the forefront of contending for the Stanley Cup."

CEO Charlie Jacobs and team president Cam Neely will introduce Sweeney at an afternoon news conference at TD Garden.

With Sweeney hired by the Bruins, the only other current GM vacancy in the NHL belongs to the Toronto Maple Leafs.



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I don't believe it. Babcock to the Leafs. Money talks.

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lobo316 wrote: I don't believe it. Babcock to the Leafs. Money talks.
But Babcock said he wanted to go somewhere that had a chance to win right away. :tongue:



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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: I don't believe it. Babcock to the Leafs. Money talks.
But Babcock said he wanted to go somewhere that had a chance to win right away. :tongue:
So Boston was never a consideration obviously!:tongue:



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The Maple Leafs announced the signing of the highly coveted head coach Wednesday to a deal reportedly worth about $50 million over an eight-year period.

"Any time you're an unrestricted free agent in the prime of your career, there's going to be opportunities that probably will stagger you," the GM said.

Holland said Babcock called him at around 11:15 a.m. to inform the GM of his decision, hours after Babcock came to Holland's house and expressed mixed feelings.

The Red Wings need to fill the void left by Babcock's departure, and Holland said he has two or three candidates in mind.

Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill is a leading candidate, and Holland said he will spend time with the coach of the Red Wings' AHL affiliate soon.

Holland added that former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma would be considered.

Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch didn't overreact when he found out about Babcock's destination.

Holland: Mike Ilitch reaction to Mike Babcock leaving was Babcock was given green light to leave, let's find next coach.

— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) May 20, 2015
The Red Wings GM displayed a similar level of acceptance.

"All good things come to an end," Holland said.

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Pretty pathetic that the Leafs had to pay Babcock such a ridiculous amount to agree to be their Head Coach. Babcock is actually going to make $ 1 million more than the next 2 highest paid NHL Head Coaches ( Quennville $ 2.75 million and Julien $ 2.5 million ) made last season. According to Sportsnet only 44 players in the NHL will make more money than Babcock will earn next season. 



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CanadianHorseman wrote: Pretty pathetic that the Leafs had to pay Babcock such a ridiculous amount to agree to be their Head Coach. Babcock is actually going to make $ 1 million more than the next 2 highest paid NHL Head Coaches ( Quennville $ 2.75 million and Julien $ 2.5 million ) made last season. According to Sportsnet only 44 players in the NHL will make more money than Babcock will earn next season. Most of them play for the Leafs, LOL!



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The Toronto media will be calling for his head in 3 years.



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The Buffalo Sabres aren't going to dwell on the past.

The team - who lost a bidding war for the services of Mike Babcock to the Toronto Maple Leafs - has received permission to interview Dan Bylsma, reports ESPN's Craig Custance.

Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News clarifies that because Bylsma is still being paid by the Penguins, permission must be granted for him to interview for the position with the Sabres.

Bylsma last coached in the NHL in 2013-14.

He helped guide the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship in 2008-09 after taking over for Michel Therrien.

The 44-year-old amassed a record of 252-117-32 in 401 games with the Penguins.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs introduced Mike Babcock as the team's 30th head coach in team history Thursday morning.

The franchise made the deal official at a press conference.

After team president Brendan Shanahan thanked Ken Holland and the Detroit Red Wings, Babcock approached the podium to a roar of an ovation.

"I'm thrilled to be here ... I felt like I was 25 years old, scared to death this morning," Babcock said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Related: Reading List - Babcock faces the ultimate test in coaching Leafs

Babcock, like Shanahan, thanked the Red Wings for his time with the franchise, where he spent 10 seasons and won a Stanley Cup.

"Ten unbelievable years and an opportunity for my family to grow up in one city," said the coach. "It's the Maple Leafs. I'm proud to be here."

The Leafs newest prized possession continued to talk about what he foresees in Toronto.

"I'm looking forward to the journey. It's going to be a long one. But it's going to be a lot of fun," said Babcock. "I never came here to make the playoffs. I came here to be involved in a Cup process. I want to win.

"I have a burning desire to win, but I don't want to just make the playoffs."

"I believe this is Canada's team and we need to put Canada's team back on the map." - Mike Babcock #TMLtalk

— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 21, 2015
Babcock added that the Leafs offered him a 10-year deal, but he thought that was too long, settling on eight years to take him through to 60 years old. There is no out-clause in the contract.

The 52-year-old isn't delusional about where the Maple Leafs are currently and understands that it may take some time to turn things around.

"There's pain coming," explained Babcock. "But at 52, I'm not ready to die. I'm ready to get on with it."

Babcock was a highly sought-after coach who was approached by myriad teams, with the Buffalo Sabres showing serious interest and even thinking at one point they had a deal in place. Though, Babcock disagrees.

"There was no deal," said Babcock. "Did we work on financial and term? Absolutely."

Babcock says the Sabres offer was bigger. He wanted to coach the Leafs.

— James Mirtle (@mirtle) May 21, 2015
With their coach firmly in place, the Maple Leafs will now turn their focus to the NHL Entry Draft with the fourth overall pick and also continue their search for a new general manager.

Mike Babcock says he has no control over player personnel decisions. But Brendan Shanahan adds "I want his input."

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 21, 2015
The process has begun in Toronto and Babcock could just be the first step, but it's certainly a big one that could shape the future of the franchise for a long time to come.

"I embrace this opportunity," Babcock said. "I came here with my eyes wide open. I've made the right decision."

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MOSCOW (AP) Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.

Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.

The aim is to keep ''our most talented guys, the ones who the people come to see.''

Fetisov was one of the first players to benefit from the relaxation of Soviet-era rules which prevented any hockey players from leaving. He moved to the NHL in 1989 with the New Jersey Devils when he was 31, and went on to win two Stanley Cups with the Red Wings.

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lobo316 wrote: MOSCOW (AP) Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.

Fetisov was one of the first players to benefit from the relaxation of Soviet-era rules which prevented any hockey players from leaving. He moved to the NHL in 1989 with the New Jersey Devils when he was 31, and went on to win two Stanley Cups with the Red Wings.


In other words - I made my fortune playing North America but you kids have to stay here and play for rubles. 



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Why do the Leafs have to give the Wings a draft choice
for signing Babcock ? Babcock's contract expired with  Detroit.

If he was still under contract, I could see why the Leafs
would have to give compensation to the Wings, after first receiving permission to speak with Babs & then signing him.
But Babs was a free agent. Doesn't make sense.

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