The TO fans are just as excited for Babcock as we are for our fresh start. I don't blame them for thinking that he is going to turn some players around, just like I don't blame us for thinking Blash (I hired) will bring in the fresh new blood and life into the stale line combo's. BUT, the big difference is, we have seen what a team that was totally Babcock's does. He took over a Scotty Bowman built team ( I don't count the Dave Lewis years in between) and then after peaking with it in 07-09, pretty much got worse and worse as the years went by. Not saying that Babs won't a great coach, but it's not like he is coming to a team that is as good as the Wings were when he took over. Maybe he can turn Kessel and Phaneuf, etc... into consistant winners, but like he said, its going to be a long road. I have a feeling that Kessel and Phanuef, among others, will not be there if/when the Leafs do win a Cup. Babs is going to work with management to trade away assets for draft picks and players that will help turn the franchise around. He said it at the presser, he needs to build the team via the draft and with picks. Again, I don't blame the fans for being excited, but what they don't realize is and good portion of the current team will not be there within the next couple of years...Then they will see how a Babcock built team plays. I still don't know if he was given any control of players here, but if he did choose some players, he sure wasn't the best at it. Of course losing out on Suter was a hard pill to swallow, I think it set his mind moving forward when that happened...
I'm probably one of the few who thinks the Leafs roster isn't half bad - just poor coaching, and media hype have torn that team apart...IMHO their roster is good enough to make the playoffs.
If Babs really wants to build thru the draft then the fans better be prepared for several plus years before they'll have a shot at icing a championship team...And even then there's no guarantee of a top notch team via the draft; how many highly regarded prospects/players have come, and gone in the NHL?
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