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Simmons on TO...Sounds About Right

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With backdrop talk of offer sheets, constant conversation about how many millions each important player will be paid, the daily discussion about who will be traded here next, and with all that noise, fascination and more, the Maple Leafs don’t look anything like a Stanley Cup contender right now.

Heading into Saturday night against Pittsburgh, the Leafs looked (especially when playing lower-echelon teams, such as Detroit) like a squad wavering on the brink of disinterest. They were disorganized and playing without emotion. There has been nothing frightening about the Leafs at all for the opposition as they’ve gone 4-8 in their last 12 games.

This has to be of great concern to Kyle Dubas, the first-year general manager, when he has a slew of free agents upcoming, most of them restricted, almost all of them to be paid beyond what they have accomplished so far. By the beginning of next season, he will have invested more than $40 million in John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander.

No team in hockey has ever had so much tied up in so few starting next season and on too many nights of late, the sparse rosters of the Red Wings, Coyotes and Panthers this season, none of whom will play in the post-season, have outplayed, outworked and on the scoreboard beaten the Leafs.

Mike Babcock, highest-paid coach in hockey history, isn’t a candidate for coach of the year. Babcock said he liked the way the Leafs played in Detroit Friday night. That, too, is a concern. If Babcock was, in fact, speaking the truth, he has become delusional in this season suddenly heading in the wrong direction.

THIS AND THAT

One minute to play. The game is tied. Who does Babcock (or D.J. Smith) put on defence? Morgan Rielly and Ron Hainsey. Jake Muzzin on the bench, playing the least amount of time he had in a game this season. Isn’t this why the Leafs traded for him? … Simple way to avoid offer sheets. Sign Matthews and Marner before July 1. Protect your largest assets and they are that … 

 

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No matter what top team they do happen to beat (TBL/Wash Cap) putting on the performance of last night or other nights against much lower teams is just never acceptable or excusable. Babcock should have ripped these dicks a new one a dozen times over. I wish he would just bench the lot of them (except maybe the goalie) and have a complete line up of the Marlies or the like for a game or two. Fuk em!

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10 minutes ago, GeneralT001 said:

No matter what top team they do happen to beat (TBL/Wash Cap) putting on the performance of last night or other nights against much lower teams is just never acceptable or excusable. Babcock should have ripped these dicks a new one a dozen times over. I wish he would just bench the lot of them (except maybe the goalie) and have a complete line up of the Marlies or the like for a game or two. Fuk em!

How have the Marlies done this year again?

Oh wait. 95% of your posts are overreactions anyways.

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52 minutes ago, brocto said:

No one in their right mind can take babcock serious anymore with the disaster he’s made of this team.

 

just sign them so we can get this bullshit over with and have babcock try and salvage the mess he made. 

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