Discussion in 'Toronto Maple Leafs' started by stuart5035, Apr 4, 2018.
I should have put after the word soft in there
I know Domi has long retired, but what ever happened to Rosehill?
Your 2nd paragraph:
I totally agree. I want the Leafs to get bigger and more physical, but on one condition; the bigger player shouldn't be in over a faster/more-skilled player. If we can get a big skilled player like Wheeler, Laine, Byfuglien then I'm all for it. But I 100% don't want big players like Reaves, Lucic, etc that aren't as skilled and fast as our guys .
Your 3rd paragraph:
I hate to be 'that guy' but Pittsburgh's defense was not the forefront of their success.
I agree with you that there is much tighter checking, but in my honest opinion players don't play 'tougher' (they smarten up and skate harder every shift). We have hard-working checkers on each line that have great board-work (Hyman, Brown, Kadri, Komarov/Johnsson, Matthews). Just look at last year with Washington. The game didn't have more 'toughness', it had tighter checking.
He ended up with the Flyers.
Have you considered, at all, how many more points we might have earned with better player personnel decisions? Maybe Boston and TB are chasing us for home ice advantage.
Oh, never mind, coach Babcock can do no wrong!
They weren’t “soft” (a term that really applies to only a very small number of teams) but they were no more physical than what the Leafs are at present.
wouldnt sacrifice skill for physicality, but ideally you have a guy or two like matthew tkachuk in your lineup who bring both.
A talented ass kicking forward certainly wouldn't hurt the Leafs....
They have over 100 points therefore Babcock's decisions are all wonderful..
2 years ago they finished dead last but that was because they had no talent...
I think more physicality would benefit the D the most. When teams get the cycle going the D can’t seem to do anything to stop it. It turns into a lot of stick waving and waiting for the opposition to turn the puck over with a shot or sloppy pass. They could stand to be a little more aggressive and take the body more.
Physicality is a general term. Taking the' rough go' is what it takes. Sure, it's a plus to have some players that can dish it out to help wear the other guys down, part of the balance needed.
Not much actual fighting in the playoffs so those roll players often watch. Mean power forwards with talent are valuable, only a handful of those guys around the league.
The leafs have enough talent to win it all, really they are as good as any team in the league at scoring and they've shown ability to take the rough go and the discipline.That said, I would like to see more immediate and severe retaliation for messing with Andersen,but I'm old school like that!
This is why i want the Leafs to move up and draft Brady Tkachuk. I've watched him a lot live and TV. He's even feistier than his brother. Not sure he's the goal scorer Matthew is but he isn't far behind. There couldn't be a better fit for the Leafs. My fall back plan is to trade for Tom Wilson over the summer. You wouldn't be giving up nearly as much. But you get what you pay for.
I'm sure the leaf brass will work towards obtaining the needed ingredients going forward. A power winger or center would be great,I'm not up on who is available in order to complete the recipe, but I have faith in Lou and Shanny. For now though, they can go far if Andersen is the best goalie.
Ah yes! Was a big fan of 'old time hockey', understood that fighting had its uses, but I am also a fan of the highly skilled players in the league these days.
Perhaps it will come full circle one day as the less skilled teams resort to intimidation tactics and injuring star players because they can't compete? Hopefully not, but owners/coaches wanna win.
You have to draft them players! Good thing Grundstrom was drafted by Hunter.
I couldn't even believe the title of this video. Brashear? Shanny was fearless.
Hopefully we have someone with that much heart.
Shanahan was one of my favorite players. The guy could do it all
Yeah we could definitely use a Shanny or Roberts for sure.
Don't know how much Simmonds will ask for but he'd be a good addition.
Since you equate physicality with hits when talking about Komarov in the post before the one I quote here, I think it should be pointed out that the Blackhawks are last in hits since 06, and only Minnesota comes even close.
Hits means you don't have possession, etc. Yadda yadda...
As long as Grabovski isn't laying on the ice all night waiting for the refs to call something we'll be ok.
Someone will tug and punch. It's gonna happen. Cuts and bruises will be on the menu. Just fight through it, and keep playing your game.
O Dog with more bad commentary.
The only team that plays "physical" in the East playoffs is Boston and there is more just Chara and cheap shots from Marchand.
TB rolls all skill lineups out there and everyone thinks they are just fine.
O'Neil is thinking about how the league played 20 years ago
It does seem to me that the Leafs don't finish their checks as often as other teams.
IMO, there is a big difference between physical and dirty.