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William Nylander
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Morgan Rielly
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Mitch Marner
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Re: 2019 Toronto Maple Leafs Offseason Discussion
« Reply #1065 on: October 05, 2019, 08:16:09 PM »
One observation this preseason.
A rookie takes a run at Matthews, elbow up and then sticks a knee out, and nobody does anything.

They scored a bunch of goals in response.

Just watched Coaches Corner. Commenting on the hit that put Tavares on his ass, Don Cherry stated Leafs aren't tough enough for the playoffs and won't win the SC. I won't be as quick as Grapes to make a conclusion so early in the season but I agree Leafs aren't showing the toughness needed to advance far in the PO's.

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Re: 2019 Toronto Maple Leafs Offseason Discussion
« Reply #1066 on: October 05, 2019, 08:21:07 PM »
One observation this preseason.
A rookie takes a run at Matthews, elbow up and then sticks a knee out, and nobody does anything.

They scored a bunch of goals in response.

Just watched Coaches Corner. Commenting on the hit that put Tavares on his ass, Don Cherry stated Leafs aren't tough enough for the playoffs and won't win the SC. I won't be as quick as Grapes to make a conclusion so early in the season but I agree Leafs aren't showing the toughness needed to advance far in the PO's.
As Babcock said, being tough doesn't mean hitting guys or beating people up. Being tough to play against means making the other team bust their ass to get anything done because you're so good and tenacious.
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Re: 2019 Toronto Maple Leafs Offseason Discussion
« Reply #1067 on: October 05, 2019, 11:31:35 PM »
One observation this preseason.
A rookie takes a run at Matthews, elbow up and then sticks a knee out, and nobody does anything.

They scored a bunch of goals in response.

Just watched Coaches Corner. Commenting on the hit that put Tavares on his ass, Don Cherry stated Leafs aren't tough enough for the playoffs and won't win the SC. I won't be as quick as Grapes to make a conclusion so early in the season but I agree Leafs aren't showing the toughness needed to advance far in the PO's.
As Babcock said, being tough doesn't mean hitting guys or beating people up. Being tough to play against means making the other team bust their ass to get anything done because you're so good and tenacious.

I agree with Babcock but it's harder to be 'good and tenacious' when your best players are fighting off thugs or worse, nursing injuries. Suzuki's run at Matthews, elbow aimed at the head and knee out, could have resulted in serious injury. I'm surprised the incident didn't get more attention in the media and on this board.

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Re: 2019 Toronto Maple Leafs Offseason Discussion
« Reply #1067 on: October 05, 2019, 11:31:35 PM »