Discussion in 'Toronto Maple Leafs' started by Optomist, Nov 2, 2019.
In 80 sentences, what's wrong with this team ?
Carlton the bear and the zamboni driver
Great cores win Cups, dominate games, not seeing that from TO's core.
Potato potato... wish I could say this out loud for better effect.
Ferraro on Overdrive was discussing what the Leafs bench was like during a game. It was brought up regarding the reaction to Carter's hit on Kerfoot but he went in to what it was like all the time. Other than Babcock shouting his lungs out the Leafs bench is as quiet as the rest of the arena. Nobody chirps or really talks aside from saying "I'm going" or other things regarding line changes. After Carter hit Kerfoot nobody said anything to the dude.
I don't know about the rest of y'all who played hockey but when a guy hit one of ours we let him have it, whether we thought it was clean or dirty. Like these guys all played in junior right and surely talked smack growing up no? Was it really only Martin, Komarov, and Kadri that gave the other team lip? Nobody else on this team has any balls to at least tell Carter (or any opposing player) to f*** off?
Doesn't make any sense, it's so opposite of usual hockey culture. Where's the backbone and pride? Sure, it's the Kings and we have no rivalry with them but one of your teammates was just laid out and had to go to the room. All that earns is a stern word from just Rielly? It's shameful how these guys allow themselves to get pushed around without any rebuttal.
Almost like they are worried they will be next.
Suckas and fools and we ain't got no goons.
I think the biggest problem is the lack of chemistry caused by their mis-management of the Salary cap.
Hyman will soon be back and the other guys know he has to be fit in under the Cap. They also know that its going to take waiving or sending 3 guys making less than a million to the minors or trading someone with a cap hit in or around the $3M range. net effect is the only guys who really feel secure in their job are Mattherws, Marner, Tavares, rielly, Muzzin. barrie, Freddy and maybe Nylander. You have a bout 15 guys wondering if they will be here in a couple of weeks. That uncertainty is making guys play for themselves and not the team. It is a product of operating so close to the Cap. For fans its just math but for the players its their life and it creates a lot of uncertainty.
Something has to give and it isn't just the cap. Our system is Freddie wins every night. Barrie ain't working out here and with Liljegren and Sandin coming he has no LT here. I see Barrie and a winger going for a better fit at RHD before the playoffs. We have to wait until some team realizes it needs offense to pry an upgrade to play with Reilly or at least top 4. The problem with our cap we have to give to get. Like it or not a guy like Nylander could be the price. Nylander plus Barrie is a good package for a team that needs offense to make the playoffs. I also think we may seriously need to look for backup in case Freddie gets injured or tired. The way Barrie looked in Colorado and the way he plays here is night and day.
We don’t play as good as the Bruins.
Talented roster that is not a team yet , no one has anyone's back and far too few want to sacrifice their body and suffer discomfort.
How would you suggest fixing this "problem". Get rid of some good players so our worse players feel better?
Half the league has less that 1 million in cap space anyway, so it's not like this is some weird thing that only the Leafs are doing.
Spending to the cap is only a bad thing when it's because of albatross contracts. The only debatable one the Leafs have is Ceci, and that seems like a situation with more to it than meets the eye.
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