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Babcock leaves Red Wings for Maple Leafs

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 The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach.

   The team announced Wednesday that Babcock will be introduced at a news conference Thursday morning. Babcock spent the last 10 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2008.

   His contract with Detroit expired at the end of June but the Red Wings had given him permission to negotiate with other teams. The Leafs must send a third-round pick to Detroit as compensation.

   Babcock had not ruled out staying in Detroit, and also interviewed with the Buffalo Sabres.

   The 52-year-old also coached Canada to Olympic gold medals in 2010 and `14.


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