You think that our actual roster can do better without Babs?!?!
I agree that we need changes... but ROSTER changes.
Obviously the good thing is all the Babcock sucks people will get their wish :-)
Yes, changes are needed but getting rid of the best coach in all of hockey - who has coached a very average team into the playoffs for 3 seasons in a row - is the wrong thing to do..roster, GM changes would have been needed. But hey, a few patchworks here and there and an inexperienced coach in his first NHL year will make this team a contender so what do I know.
In all seriousness I hope Babs can win a cup wherever he is going next sadly he didn't get the horses for another cup here.
But does anyone really believe he isn't disappointing so far?
Wasn't he like the next Yzerman?
He barely scores in the AHL...
Nobody - at least to my knowledge - expected him to be that. Once again guy has played his first pro season after coming back from a broken leg, that's not an easy task. Also Mr. Devellano should focus on his advisor (or whatever his role is) job, instead of slamming players through the media.
Also Leafs Lunch today had a nice discussion about that and I think they did have a point: Wings front-office might get a bit desperate here and sadly realize that the current group is able to get into the playoffs but not further than the 1 or 2 round without much needed youngish topplayers and how do you get them ? Through the d raft by picking in the top 5
Ok so Mantha needs to hit the gym like crazy and other players don't Mr. Devellano ? There are almost 4 months off everybody needs to work on something be it bulking up, get quicker, lose weight or whatever so to single him out is a really dumb thing and absolutely unncessary.
Calling him out like that is 1. Unnecessary and 2. Embarrassing guy came back after a broken leg and went into his first pro season.
Heck I'd trade Nyquist, Tatar before trading Mantha guy has the size and skill to become a power forward.
For me it is really simple I know what I like and I also happen to know what I dislike/hate and one of these things is change for the sake of changes. For decades ! hockey has been seen as a niche sport for a niche audience and there is nothing wrong with that, so why not play to the strength of an already established audience of fans ?! I don't care if some people are turned off by physicality, fights or tight defensive systems because if they are guess what ? Watch something else that's the beauty of choice.
When players are reaching the point where they don't even know what is and what isn't a penalty and what leads to a suspension and what doesn't then the league does much bigger problems than putting out some pro-made videos trying to find reasons for suspensions. I don't care if it's understandable for me but the point is it should be understandable for the players, coaches and GMs because they are the product so to speak. I've said it before and I'll sayit again there are so many advantages of being and niche sport and having that audience basically locked up (I mean 3 lockouts and some fans went right back to paying for NHL stuff again), so why not do the things the existing things want and expect ?
If things I happen to like are changing for the worse damn right I'll call the responsible people out for that especially if they don't have any skill nor respect for that great game of icehockey.
Well the Leafs can always take back another bad contract to even the caphit. As much as people like to question Phaneuf he is tasked to play over his capabilities in Toronto I honestly believe he would do well here.
Which other realistic and not too expensive option is available ? Boychuck is re-signed and I highly doubt the Hawks will make Seabrook available anytime soon.
If we get Phaneuf he'll most likely be in the same situation, but older and probably playing on his off side.
Even considering that, he might be the best d-man available.
Well we have Kronner as the number 1, so Phaneuf could slide in as a number 2 or even a nice complementary piece to pair with DannyD.
I also think he is the best available one because 1. I think Seabrook will stay with the hawks and 2. Green is another risk because of his injury history
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1. NHL Front Office is run by guys that know nothing about hockey and therefore shouldn't have the job.
2. Hockey is on the verge of becoming as sissylike as soccer: fights are down, hits are down and players don'tr even know which hit is a suspension and which isn't because there is no consistency in their decision and most seem to be based on throwing a darts at the wall.
3. There are too many regulations and rules in place to make life difficult for owners and GMs . Back in the late 90s and early 2000's this game was way better and much more entertaining, period. I mean when the best GMs in the game are struggling due too many rules and regulations something needs to chane, period. Add to that the almost 0 entertainment and excitment for free agency and there are even less things to look forward to.
I fully agree I hope oneday is someone comes out and call out the NHL for all the crap that's going on, would love someone like Super Mario or Wayne doing that.
A lot of those aforementioned teams currently have coaches. Can't assume that they all will fire their current coaches and wait for an answer from Babs.
Babs will get a hell of an offer from Toronto. I think his next best offer will be the Red Wings. I wouldn't be surprised at all of Detroit matches Toronto's offer. The Red Wings are quiet a rich franchise.
Money will not be an issaue that's for sure IF Mr. I steps in whichever team wants Babcock will get matched moneywise. Our owner is not only the best one in the NHL but he's also a fan and loaded with cash. I know some Leafs think they might be able to outbid Mr. I well our salary cap has been much higher than theirs.
Hitchcock is as good as done, Armstrong will just let his contract run out and not renew him. Johnson's contract was under a 1 year condition but paid for 2 years (if I remember it correctly that can't be a coincidence or can it ? ).
If the Ducks aren't going to at least the WCF I think Boudreaus is toast there.