NHL Hockey News
The Toronto Maple Leafs have just made Mike Babcock the highest-paid coach in NHL history by signing him to an eight-year deal worth $50 million. Babcock had spent the past 10 years with the Detroit Red Wings and his contract was due to expire at the end of June. However, the Red Wings gave several teams permission to talk to him, including the Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres thought they had a done deal with Babcock, but he spurned them at the last minute to sign with the Leafs.
Toronto was looking for a new bench boss after general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek were fired at the end of the regular season along with numerous other front-office personnel and scouts. The team has now taken care of the head coaching duties, but is still searching for a GM. In Babcock, they’re getting a coach who has won a Stanley Cup as well as an Olympic gold medal and a World Cup with Canada.
When the New York Rangers edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 at home at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 16 it was their 15th consecutive one-goal game in the playoffs, dating back to last season, which sets an NHL record. In addition, the Rangers have played 13 playoff games so far this postseason with all of them being decided by a single goal and nine of them ending 2-1 scores. The Rangers and Tampa Bay are playing in the Eastern Conference Finals after New York managed to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games in the first round and then edged the Washington Capitals in the full seven games in the second round.
Incredibly, a former NHL goon named Andre Deveaux has come out and told the media that his cowardly attack on an unsuspecting opponent during a pre-game warm up was made in self defence. The attack took place prior to a playoff game in Sweden back in March and unbeknownst to Deveaux a fan caught it all on video. Those who saw the film of the brutal attack were sickened by it and many called it the worst they had ever seen.
Deveaux skated across the ice from his players’ bench and attacked opponent Per Helmersson, who was simply standing on the ice with his back to Deveaux. The former NHL player, who was born in Freeport, Bahamas, then took his stick and pulled it back as if he was about to take a swing at a golf ball and slashed the Swedish defencemen on the ankle. He then punched the defenseless opponent in the back of the head and jumped on top of him while he fell to the ice.
Several NHL clubs have dropped the axe on their employees this season after they failed to make the 2014/15 Stanley Cup playoffs. It didn’t take long for the franchises to start cleaning house shortly after the regular season came to an end. Those clubs who have already made changes include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, and San Jose Sharks.
The Maple Leafs got the ball rolling after finishing the season 26th out of 30 teams with a woeful record of 30-44-8. The Leafs had already fired head coach Randy Carlyle earlier in the season and replaced him with assistant Peter Horachek. It turned out to be one of the worst decisions in club history as Horachek posted a brutal record of 9-28-5 and the Leafs had their worst season in the last 20 years. Horachek was fired by team president Brendan Shanahan after the season, but Shanahan didn’t stop there. Also sacked were several assistant coaches as well as general manager Dave Nonis and almost the team’s entire scouting staff. When the dust had settled a total of 23 people were fired from their positions.
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- May 25th, 2015
Mike Babcock becomes highest-paid coach in NHL history
- May 19th, 2015
New York Rangers making NHL playoff history
- May 11th, 2015
Former NHL player Deveaux attacks opponent in warm-up and calls it “Self Defence”
- April 22nd, 2015
NHL teams clean house after missing playoffs
- April 22nd, 2015
Edmonton Oilers win Connor McDavid Sweepstakes
- April 13th, 2015
Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings miss playoffs
- April 6th, 2015
NHL records set with four goals in 49 seconds
- March 30th, 2015
Toronto Maple Leafs fans finally fed up
- March 30th, 2015
Andrew Hammond’s historic run could lead Ottawa Senators to NHL playoffs
- March 24th, 2015
Jaromir Jagr reaches number 5 on all-time NHL goal scoring list