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Re: Playing The "What If" Game Re: Mike Babcock
« Reply #165 on: April 30, 2019, 01:58:14 PM »
At the end of the day it's a results oriented league.  The Leafs have an expensive team with a lot of talent.  If Babcock can't get them to win in the playoffs, that's going to be the reason he gets fired.  Three straight good regular seasons and an 8-12 record in the postseason.  They either advance in the playoffs this year or he is toast.

Theres at least a 50/50 chance they play Boston again.  You gotta hope that Chara/Bergeron/Krejci start to slow down

I think, if that happens, and the team is exhibiting the same process-related issues that bedeviled them over the last two years, Dubas might move on from Babcock mid-season. And, obviously, if he loses a third year in a row, he's gone.

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Re: Playing The "What If" Game Re: Mike Babcock
« Reply #166 on: April 30, 2019, 04:16:28 PM »
At the end of the day it's a results oriented league.  The Leafs have an expensive team with a lot of talent.  If Babcock can't get them to win in the playoffs, that's going to be the reason he gets fired.  Three straight good regular seasons and an 8-12 record in the postseason.  They either advance in the playoffs this year or he is toast.

Theres at least a 50/50 chance they play Boston again.  You gotta hope that Chara/Bergeron/Krejci start to slow down

Chara already has, considerably.  Krejci too, but not as much.  Bergeron, on the other hand, is still potent as ever.

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Re: Playing The "What If" Game Re: Mike Babcock
« Reply #167 on: April 30, 2019, 04:18:26 PM »
At the end of the day it's a results oriented league.  The Leafs have an expensive team with a lot of talent.  If Babcock can't get them to win in the playoffs, that's going to be the reason he gets fired.  Three straight good regular seasons and an 8-12 record in the postseason.  They either advance in the playoffs this year or he is toast.

Theres at least a 50/50 chance they play Boston again.  You gotta hope that Chara/Bergeron/Krejci start to slow down

I think, if that happens, and the team is exhibiting the same process-related issues that bedeviled them over the last two years, Dubas might move on from Babcock mid-season. And, obviously, if he loses a third year in a row, he's gone.

Firing mid-season is a stretch but if they are struggling to even make the playoffs it's possible.  And I agree, he has to get them out of the first round next year or he's done.  Like any coach he'd never admit to something like that publicly, but he knows it.

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Re: Playing The "What If" Game Re: Mike Babcock
« Reply #168 on: April 30, 2019, 06:30:00 PM »
At the end of the day it's a results oriented league.  The Leafs have an expensive team with a lot of talent.  If Babcock can't get them to win in the playoffs, that's going to be the reason he gets fired.  Three straight good regular seasons and an 8-12 record in the postseason.  They either advance in the playoffs this year or he is toast.

Theres at least a 50/50 chance they play Boston again.  You gotta hope that Chara/Bergeron/Krejci start to slow down

Chara already has, considerably.  Krejci too, but not as much.  Bergeron, on the other hand, is still potent as ever.

Yeah if anything this playoff series showed that Chara isn't the force that he used to be.  He was slower during the regular season and I have never seen him knocked off his feet as much as this year.  He's always going to be hard to play against when the refs let him hook everyone that skates by him (they let him do that for his entire career) but guys were getting around on him this year.  It's just tough to avoid him when his stick is 15 feet long out from his body.

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Re: Playing The "What If" Game Re: Mike Babcock
« Reply #169 on: April 30, 2019, 08:38:24 PM »
CBJ just used their 1st PP unit for 1:53 of the power play, and scored. You watching Babs? Play your best players.

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Re: Playing The "What If" Game Re: Mike Babcock
« Reply #170 on: May 02, 2019, 02:40:36 PM »
Speculation on the radio was that Dubas maybe waiting for the Marlies season to end to promote Keefe to the big club.
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Re: Playing The "What If" Game Re: Mike Babcock
« Reply #171 on: May 02, 2019, 02:43:00 PM »
Speculation on the radio was that Dubas maybe waiting for the Marlies season to end to promote Keefe to the big club.
Good. Word is his contract is up this year. I don't think the Leafs can afford to lose him. Let him run the pp or pk.

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« Reply #171 on: May 02, 2019, 02:43:00 PM »