The seal has been broken. So, who’s next? With the Ottawa Senators dealing Dion Phaneuf to the Los Angeles Kings for Marian Gaborik (plus a depth forward swap of Nate Thompson for Nick Shore) Tuesday night, NHL fans breathlessly wait to see what their team will do with just 12 days of trading left. Rumours are a-flying, La-Z-Boy GMs are giving CapFriendly.com’s web traffic bump, and pro scouts are crowding arena press boxes. But just because the silly season is upon us doesn’t mean the soaring Toronto Maple Leafs will do something silly. “The standings don’t affect our plan,” head coach Mike Babcock asserted Wednesday morning. “Our plan is to build a product here that we can be proud of, to give ourselves a chance to knock on the door every year — so when you arrive at training camp every year, you know you’re in the playoffs. We’re not at that stage yet. That’s the focus of our plan.” Then came a kicker: “Now, do we want to win today? One hundred per cent.” Babcock’s own contract extends five seasons beyond that of 75-year-old Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello. As far as NHL coaches go, he has as much of a voice in roster decisions made by the club’s brain trust as anybody.
Leafs not feeling pressure to make waves at trade deadline
Sportsnet | Feb 14