McDavid among OHL 1st All-Star Team selections

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-20

Already the most decorated skater in Ontario Hockey League history, Connor McDavid has added one more accolade to his spectacular junior career. On Wednesday, McDavid was named to the OHL 1st All-Star Team at the centre position. Joining the No. 1 NHL prospect on the wings is London Knights duo Max Domi and Mitch Marner, while Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Owen Sound Attack defencemen Anthony DeAngelo and Chris Bigras, along with Kingston Frontenacs goalie Lucas Peressini make up the back end of this killer lineup. Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe has been voted in as the 1st All-Star Team’s bench boss. 1st Team #OHL All-Stars: McDavid, Domi, Marner, DeAngelo, Bigras, Peressini, Keefe. REA

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Babcock’s impact on Sabres, Red Wings, Maple Leafs

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-20

Okay, a quick look at what Mike Babcock’s decision means for the three teams involved: TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS It’s a huge day for them. Babcock brings instant credibility after an ugly year. They went hard after him and all but closed the deal Monday night. And, to think some pundits didn’t believe they could pull it off… People can rip him all they want for taking the money, but once Detroit said no more than five years, the number of human beings alive who would leave $30 million on the table might not fill a small Cessna. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: | Broadcast Schedule Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE | Stanley Cup Playoffs Fantasy Hockey New Sportsnet app: iTunes | Google Play The bigg

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BACK TO THE FUTURE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-20

In a month of insane positives that cause the mind to reel, it seems ridiculous to complain about the lack of new execs checking out the fetching talent in the minor leagues. That said, if you’re going to generally manage  an NHL team, the AHL club is damned important. The Edmonton Oilers future watch is up to bat tonight, in G7 of a playoff series against the Godless Utica Comets. Congrats to the @OHLHoundPower Four selections in this years 2014-15 OHL All Star Teams! @TonyDee07 @drtwofive @Tolchinsky10 @SheldonKeefe — Kyle Raftis (@Kyle_Raftis) May 20, 2015 I’ve been saying for some time that Darnell Nurse is more likely than not to play 50+ games for the Edmonton Oiler

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Why Leafs and Babcock must stick to the plan

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-20

Stick with the plan and leave that Stanley Cup parade route safely locked in the drawer. That should be the mantra of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the heels of their signing of Mike Babcock to a mega-rich contract to become their new head coach. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: | Broadcast Schedule Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE | Stanley Cup Playoffs Fantasy Hockey New Sportsnet app: iTunes | Google Play Remember, the Leafs still only won the second best sweepstakes this spring — but if they couldn’t get Connor McDavid then Babcock is an excellent consolation prize. Just don’t lose track of the plan. To reset: Babcock to TOR. Eight-year deal, but there may be an "out" after five. Ful

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Raptors the best-paid Canadian sports team

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-20

According to Sportingintelligence’s 2015 Global Sports Salaries Survey, the Toronto Raptors are the best-paid professional sports team in Canada. The report, which was compiled in association with ESPN The Magazine and published Wednesday, ranked 333 professional sports teams across the globe, spanning 17 leagues/organizations, seven sports, 13 countries, 9,731 athletes who are making a combined $17.94 billion. The Raptors ranked as the sixth highest NBA team and 21st overall with an average annual salary of US$5 million, above its Toronto sports brethren Blue Jays and Maple Leafs, which rank 35th and 83rd, respectively. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that European soccer clubs took u

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Where does Babcock’s game-changing salary rank?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-20

We knew free agent Mike Babcock would become the highest-paid coach in the National Hockey League. What we didn’t know was just how high he’d raise the bar for the coaching fraternity. Upon inking a reported eight-year, $50-million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday, Babcock supplants (we believe) Edmonton’s Todd McLellan as hockey’s biggest annual earner behind the bench — a position held last week by Chicago’s Joel Quenneville. Only two Toronto players , captain Dion Phaneuf ($7 million average annual value) and sniper Phil Kessel ($8 million AAV) will earn more in 2015-16 than their new coach. Here is how Babcock’s new contract, which pa

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Changes at the Copper & Blue

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-05-20

Same dedication to pessimism will be maintained. This isn't a post that I expected to have to write. With something this big, this important, I just sort of assumed that Peter Chiarelli would have mentioned this yesterday when he had all of Edmonton's sports media assembled to introduce Todd McLellan as the newest coach of the Edmonton Oilers. After all this is as big of an announcement, if not bigger. But Mr. Chiarelli dropped the ball and forgot to bring it up, so I guess I'll have to do it myself. As of yesterday, Derek is no longer the Managing Editor of this site, he's passed that torch to me. Like the Oilers, we never really get rid of anyone though, so you can expect to see the

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Maple Leafs Must Wait to Reap Rewards of Winning the Mike Babcock Sweepstakes

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-05-20

Congratulations to Mike Babcock on getting an eight-year, $50 million contract from the Toronto Maple Leafs. That’s David Clarkson money. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported the news: The deal comes after two weeks of pitches from teams that included the aspirational Buffalo Sabres and the scorned Detroit Red Wings. Like an unfaithful man furiously deleting his browser history before his wife borrows his laptop, the St. Louis Blues claim to never have asked to speak to Babcock, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. This is a coup of the highest order for Brendan Shanahan, who sold Babcock on the merits of a Toronto rebuild that is only just beginning. Sure, eight years and $50 mi

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WWYDW: The Nelson Conundrum

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-20

View image | gettyimages.com Limbo is a popular dance contest that originated on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, where contestants try to dance their way underneath a horizontal bar. Limbo is also a state in which Todd Nelson finds himself in, currently still under contract by the Oilers, but kicked out of the captains chair in favour of Todd McLellan. 

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McLellan: Coaching is Communcation

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-20

Todd McLellan did not vow to make sweeping changes during his first press conference as the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. He was, however, very deliberate, honest and blunt in how he hopes to help his players improve, and ultimately win games.

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OilersNation at the Summit Show

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-20

If you need plans for this weekend, you can cross Saturday off your list as we’ll have a booth set up at the Summit Collectibles Show in Sherwood Park. We were putting together the gear for the event this morning, and we’ll have a lot of cool stuff to check out. If you’ve missed out on designs in our online store, this will be your chance to grab the gear that you've always wanted. 

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Oilers’ McLellan spoke to Crosby about McDavid

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-20

As a pending first-overall pick with the fate of a franchise on his shoulders, not many players in the NHL know what Connor McDavid is going through, or the pressures he’ll soon face. Sidney Crosby would, however, and that’s why Todd McLellan sought the advice of the Pittsburgh Penguins captain prior to signing on the dotted line to become the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: | Broadcast Schedule Rogers GameCentre LIVE | Stanley Cup Playoffs Fantasy Hockey New Sportsnet app: iTunes | Google Play Even though the organization won’t officially say they’re selecting McDavid with the No. 1 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, it’s a foregone conclusion the Erie Ot

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