OK, I've sufficiently recovered from the playoff debacle against the Habs to get up off the matt and make a new proper 10 game chunk thread. First 3 games will feel like they're still in the all-Canadian division but it opens up after that.
He's on a podcast with some comedian. I heard about it from some ads on City; pretty crude humor, lots of swearing so you're forewarned. Some of the old Courtnall hockey stories are hilarious though. Episode 4 he shares a few John Brophy tales, they are something to say the least.
It's funny how all Leafs trade rumours are centered around bad Lamiorello contracts. I get that Zaitsev asked for a trade but still, the 2 deals we absolutely hate are Marleau and Zaitsev and now both are trade rumors.
A month ago I wouldn't have believed the Leafs could possibly miss the playoffs this season. We have John Tavares! We have Auston Matthews, we have Mitch Marner!
Well, here we are, a Habs win tonight and Leafs are in a wildcard spot. I understand Leafs have 3 games in hand over the Habs after tonight, but the recent stretch of play doesn't fill me with confidence that they'll win those games in hand.
I understand the Leafs are generally a young team, and there's still growing pains to an extent, but this team is REALLY under performing right now. If, and I say IF the Leafs were to miss the playoffs this season, does the axe fall on Babcock? Dubas has only been on the job less than a season, so it's not as if he's made wholesale changes to the roster (other than adding one of the top centermen in the league), so the blame doesn't fall on him. Is Babcock doing enough to get these guys ready to play? Are his systems up to date an in tune with the skills he has on the roster?
Will this thread look ridiculous in a month's time if the Leafs go on a run and re-establish 2nd in the conference by a fair margin? All good questions.