Maybe get a couple of guys (forwards AND defence) that can play in their own end and bring a bit of sandpaper.
Your team has soft offensive players coming out the ying yang. Dubas trades the one guy that brought both those qualities...for more soft offence. It's like he's trying to be the "anti-Bruins".
But it's working for the Bruins.
It's that time of year (and that position in the standings) where Leafs management, fans, and media need to stop dreaming about this season and start thinking about what needs to be changed on this team for it to return to the playoffs next season.
If you were the Leafs GM Dubas (put on a pair of frames with no glass to pretend), what moves would you make to improve this Leafs team?
Trade a few of Toronto's big name forwards for 1st round draft picks? (Mini-rebuild)
I meant to highlight the A in my rambling. No single winning formula has won Cups, the Chicago and Pitts. teams were smallish and not very physical but won Cups. The call for TO to become bigger and more physical is simply people expressing their opinions, their own bias.
During the last playoff against Boston TO was more physical than Boston.. By physical I mean by hit count, which is alright I guess but TO still lost. That's not TO's game and therefore the end result was p
The players should like playing for Keefe more than Babcock.
I've got a soft spot for him. He was a troubled soul when he played junior here (though a great player) but it looks like he's exorcised those demons and has his life back on track. I wanted the Flyers to snag him when they fired Hakstol but I figured there was no way they were going with another guy without NHL experience.
He was captain. Put up 121 points in 66 games one season (Colts record) and took Barrie to the Memorial Cup (they lost). He refused to shake hands with Branch (probably not your brightest move when you later plan to become an OHL coach, but I loved it) One of the best OHL players I've ever seen. Best friend was Mike Jefferson (Danton) Need I say more? Spent a lot of years being traumatized by David the Molester Frost (him and Jefferson lived with that dirtbag). Was just one messed up individual.
For a few years sure but in 3 or 4 years it might change.
The key is TO needs to continue to draft and develop players.
The other key is having the players that can deliver the Cup which I think TO has.