May 18, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>jaok3</b></div><div>Yes, the leafs are looking for a physical mid-priced RD like Lyubushkin. So instead of trading Holl and spending an extra 750k you could have had Lyubushkin, great management. It's like Shannahan was neutered after he retired, he hires Waldo to run his team and he builds a team of Waldo's. Skilled guys are fine not fighting or being hard hitters, but the role players need to pick up the slack. Engvall, Kerfoot, Jarnkrok, Kampf, Bunting, Brodie, Holl and Malgin, not one of these guys makes the other team think they need to keep their head up or move the pick quickly because a big check is coming.</div></div>
The issue with all these guys is that they can be physical but the way Keefe deploys them forces them into situations in which they end up trying to make skilled plays instead of simple forecheck based hockey. Whenever Holl or Engvall get deployed against skilled players, they are much more effective. Same with Lyubuskin, he would've been way more effective if he was deployed with Muzzin instead of Rielly.