Proposal: Leafs need a few changes

Discussion in 'Toronto Maple Leafs' started by EK392000, Apr 21, 2021.

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You don’t need to agree with my plan for a shakeup, but do you think the team needs a shakeup?

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  2. No

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  1. zeke The Dube Abides

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    Looking at the numbers posted there, they have pretty much never gone down without putting up a fight this year.
     
  2. Volcanologist Used Register

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    They need an upgrade at goalie, and some competent assistant coaching.

    both are definitely achievable objectives this offseason.
     
  3. moon111 Registered User

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    The rapid climb and success of the Leafs has been astonishing. There's two things that get credit for that.

    1. The Salary Cap came in without any remorse to teams that were playing to the limit of past rules. Leafs shed salary without prospects was adversity they couldn't overcome. The Leafs desire to win would of never allowed them to reload this deep in prospects without outside interference.

    2. The chemistry. Dubas has created an environment that everybody wants a part of. Be very cautious of making changes for change sakes. Not only are there players like Tavares, Simmonds, Spezza that really wanted to be here, players like Thornton who might otherwise decline, were convinced, and are showing the league what a great place Toronto is to play for. I've had a dedicated co-worker get the shaft from my employer and after that, lost all concern for my employer's success or failure. I went through the motions until I could move on. (Actually took a cut in pay to do so.) Don't think the Leafs need to start making changes that are going to just turn off players from the organization.
     
  4. seanlinden Registered User

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    As you look at the totality of the season so far, I think there 2 major "factors" to consider into how this team might fare into the playoffs. One good, one bad.

    the bad... Streaky-ness. Seems like we're going either 8-1 or 0-5 in alternating fashion. A "hot streak" might win you a playoff round, but it will not win you a cup. A "cold streak" will almost certainly cause you to lose your shot at a cup. I think it's also been concerning that with so many games that are consecutive against the same team, that quite often, the Leafs have lost the 1st game of a series, and then not been able to make corrections and come out and win the 2nd and/or 3rd. It's kind of been a situation where they match up well against some, and not so well against others, and that "is what it is". In the playoffs, you have to be able to beat a team that may not be a good matchup for you.

    the good... Rise to the occasion. You look back at that 3 game set against Edmonton where they could have passed us for first place, and utter domination with 3 different goalies. You look back at the last 2 games with Winnipeg at risk of basically tying this thing up, and 2 big statement wins -- going toe-to-toe with the Jets physically. Toronto's worst opponent this year has been the Canucks, who it seems will be in tough to make the playoffs.
     
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    I’d attribute the streakiness to poor goaltending. Otherwise, the group dcorp and forward Corp has been very good. I really like the make up of the team going into the playoffs.
     
  6. The Apologist Apologizing for Leaf garbage since 1979

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    Isn't he usually defending the 2on 1??
     
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    I'd like a new goalie. Hard to say how we'll view Campbell in the fall. If he's the man I want a serious 1b.

    We are probably losing Holl so there is another hole.

    I think the natural business cycle and expansion will force a fair but of change. Kerfoot is surely gone....
     
  8. Wafflewhipper Registered User

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    Hey bro. I changed my mind :)
     
  9. Iapyi Registered User

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    Completely disagree. What Tavares brought to this team saved us at least 2 years of learning curve experience that has us where we are now as opposed to being at least a tier less then what we are.
     
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  10. Le Cobra Rent A Goalie

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    does DUbas keep his job if we make it to the 2nd rd
     
  11. Bloomberg Registered User

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    I think it depends on the way we play. If we get embarrassed, then maybe. Though if we play the way we played last game, I don't think that'll happen :)
     
  12. Notsince67 Papi and the Lamplighters

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    Lol. Nylander gets traded over Marner 100 in 100 times.
    Everyone know that.
     
  13. Notsince67 Papi and the Lamplighters

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    Yeah. He's in danger of dropping below 100 points annualized per season.
    The only issue Marner has are people like yourself who have difficulty walking back your poor prejudgment of him. Look up cognitive dissonance.
     
  14. Bluelines Python FTW!

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    Yep, they say a GM gets to fire 2 coaches before he's fired. He canned Babcock, he hired Keefe. Usually if a team is struggling they fire the coach, Keefe would get fired than Dubas would be on the clock, if the new guy fails, Dubas and that guy get fired at the same time. Dubie's got at least another season + in him before he is fired.
     
  15. Bluelines Python FTW!

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    Mitch is such a unique player the way he sees the ice and his dipsy doodles and the way he stalls till a play opens his vision and smarts, I don't know of anyone in the League quite like him. For those that lack reading skills, no I'm not saying he is the best at anything, he is just very unique.
     
  16. Puckstuff Registered User

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    I don't think we need a shake up, I think we need a 1A goalie to Campbell and another 2-3 gritty, nose to the grind, physical but skillful players. Folingo is a nice start.

    We can make a run even this year. Possibly even a final 4 or or cup appearance is very possible. I'm skeptical on if we have enough to go the distance and win the cup but I think we are 90-95 % towards being a championship team.
     
  17. Bluelines Python FTW!

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    Shake ups are great when they work, when they don't they suck. No guarantee a shake up is a positive thing.
     
  18. Gabriel426 Registered User

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    I think we need to trade for McDavid. Every player is on the table beside AM. Lol
     
  19. ALine Registered User

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    I think the only big decision looming is the Rielly situation this summer. Sign him or trade him. Probably going to take a 2-3mil (over 8 year) increase to get him signed and i'm not entirely convinced thats a wise investment. Would have liked Sandin and Liljegren to get more games for a better idea of what we really have there. Only so much you can do though in a shortened season.

    I wouldn't trade Nylander. Offensive depth is the bread and butter of this team and starts looking rather average without a first line talent like Nylander on the second line. Really noticed it when he was not playing on lockdown. Wouldn't be comfortable relying on Robertson to replace him( for the next few seasons atleast).

    I'm good with riding this core until Matthews needs a new contract( him and willy same time) and reassess then.
     
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    i think its a no brainer if we could get a Seth Jones type that we let Rielly go. But there arent many guys like that and teams dont let them go...So I dont think Rielly goes. Honestly though if we could get a guy of Brodie ilk and let Sandin run top PP id be game to let Rielly walk. But again finding a guy like Brodie who is so good at puck movement and defending is hard.
     

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