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No real surprises. Goaltending and the effectiveness of forecheck and zone exits are the difference. It will be a short series unless the Leafs can clean that up.
Only thing left to happen is Brown with the winner
Absolutely mind boggling, awful signing.
Gusty win, Källgren was terrific especially down the stretch
Quote from: Joe S. on October 27, 2021, 07:07:37 PM
Quote from: Gerald The Duck on October 27, 2021, 07:05:02 PM
Clearly this team needs Cliff Fletcher back.

Nothing a Jeff finger or Lee Stempniak wouldn't fix.

Agreed, Robertson and Liljegren for Stempniak?
Clearly this team needs Cliff Fletcher back.
Yep unless the Nats can pull off a miracle that's that. Good run, a very fun season at times but it could've been so much more and the Jays have no one to blame but themselves.

There are obviously many games to look back on and wonder what if, but for me the one that hurt the most was the one versus Detroit (I believe), a month or more ago. The one where Semien botched a routine grounder that would've sealed the win, and the Jays lost in extras.

Either way, oh well.
Were there not other options for a minor league goaltending coach?
It's definitely a big price tag, but the key for me is that Berrios is signed through 2022. So this already strengthens the rotation from day 1 of next season and worst case some assets are recouped at next year's deadline.

I don't think that a non-rental pitcher of Berrios' calibre could be acquired for anything significantly cheaper.

From what I've been reading the Jays are still deep down the middle as well.
Even if blowing up the core isn't feasible (e.g. trading Marner) do nothing to augment them like this season.

Stockpile picks and prospects, give as many opportunities (and extended ones at that) to youth as possible. Trade expiring contracts at the deadline when possible.
This is likely the last few minutes of Thornton's career, since the Leafs shouldn't re-sign him and I can't imagine any other team wanting him either.
The Leafs are on the whole a much slower team than Montreal (or at least looked it this series). Both in terms of footspeed and puck movement. Something to be addressed in the offseason.
If the Leafs do indeed lose the series, how can one not ask questions about the core? And would it really be reactionary or reckless to explore major changes?