Jun 27, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>blowing_the_zone</b></div><div>I think this is a pretty sound approach, Pal. The same red flags keep coming up with the leafs year over year which Logan spelled out pretty well, imo. I think the quarter mark for this season would be a good threshold for a decision point. If the leafs are 500 or below at that time then I could see Babcock getting canned. And like you mention, after that everyone gets put on notice that some big changes could be coming if the team doesnt play up to expectations.
I don't mind Shanny at all, mostly cause I hardly ever hear from him in the media, which is how it should be. And maybe that's why Babs wears on me. I know it's part of his job to deal with the media everyday, but his rhetoric, communication style, and his penchant for playing favorites and throwing other guys under the bus is getting old. That's no reason to fire a guy, but with all the talent that the leafs have I think it could be time soon to see if another guy could get more out of this team, at least as a first step before trading out roster players.</div></div>
I think his complete ineptitude and lack of in-game adjustments plus his lack of line changing when things aren't working also his insistence on playing Freddy in the first game of every back to back instead of getting or trying to get creative is more than enough reason to fire him.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>blowing_the_zone</b></div><div>Yeah, Bancock confuses the hell out of me. Just once I'd like to hear him own something himself instead of throwing his players under the bus whenever something goes wrong. His schtick is getting old and I imagine he's close to having a bunch of players tune him out entirely. That certainly didn't look like a team that was playing for their coach last night, or even understood how their coach wants them to play the game.
That said, the leafs best players really need to step it up. Game after game it's the 3rd and 4th liners that are showing up. If they dont turn it around by the quarter season mark I think Babcock is gone. After that everyone should be put on notice that they could be next if they don't elevate their game to the level of their paycheck.</div></div>
Babcock doesn't confuse me... He's a incompetent idiot who thinks he's smarter than everybody which will lead to his long-overdue dismissal. I'm pretty sure most if not all of the players have tuned him out except maybe his favourites like Hyman, Andersen, Tavares, Kap and the new guys (for now).
The big boys need to step up but no matter how good you are every player will go through slumps and when they do it's good to know that your depth players can step up in their absence, plus it's still early give it some time and I'm sure they'll come around, and if not.... Then Babcock gets fired and we can trade some assets away at the TDL (Barrie) for nice returns to help restock our prospect cupboards, so either way, it's a win-win for us fans IMO.