Jun 24, 2015
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Brian2016</b></div><div>I think it's insane for Leafs' fans to just assume that firing Babcock is gonna solve all of their problems. Dubas built this team around the most top-heavy core in the league. No defense and no toughness will always equal no Cup. Same as it always has been.</div></div>
The interesting thing to me is Colliton had a similar system to start the season in Chicago, a dump and chase grind in the O-zone and a center being very low in his own end which limited the offense off the rush. It was a struggle for the hawks to score. He made an adjustment, implementing a more loose system to let the skill players play, and the hawks look like a playoff team. Toronto is not a grinding team, and they don't have to be right now, it's the regular season, not the postseason. I do think they need a different system that utilizes their strengths properly.
Barrie is struggling because he's paired with Muzzin, an aggressive shut down D man (I know he can score, but they acquired him to shut down top lines). The hawks paired Keith with Gustafsson, two fantastic puck moving D-men, and it's dynamite. Barrie needs to play with Rielly, Ceci is a better complement for Muzzin rather than Rielly, especially if they try to implement a new system like Chicago.