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TORONTO SUN: In an interview with Mike Zeisberger, Mike Babcock explains why he decided to leave the Detroit Red Wings to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs. While acknowledging it would have been easy to remain with the Wings, Babcock felt it was the right move and hasn’t second-guessed his decision.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Time will tell if Babcock made the right choice, but it’s understandable why he felt the need to make a career change, even if it means leaving a successful decade-long job.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Despite having his current contract decided through arbitration, forward Marcus Johansson is happy he’s still a member of the Washington Capitals.
CSN BAY AREA: Kevin Kurz reports the San Jose Sharks hope recently-signed defenseman Paul Martin will have the same positive effect upon Brent Burns as he did with Kris Letang in Pittsburgh.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL player Michael Nylander is joining the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads as an assistant coach. The move puts him closer to his son William, who’s a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former Sabres player Nathan Paetsch was sentenced “to eight months of home confinement, 400 hours of community service and a $265,000 forfeiture” for his role in an illegal offshore gambling racket.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Ken Campbell grades the NHL’s rule changes from a decade ago, and wonders if it might be time for more rule changes.
CBS SPORTS: Some Philadelphia Flyers fans have started a GoFundMe campaign to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, it’s a slow news day. It’s Labor Day, whaddya expect? Still, this is good for a chuckle.