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Afternoon Line- Steve Simmons On John Tavares

You don’t pay $11 million a year for ordinary, although in fairness to Tavares, he has scored 148 points in 145 games as a Maple Leaf. That isn’t ordinary. Those are Tavares numbers, year after year after year. His career is a straight line that way.

But the Leafs have needed it be more than that for the past two post-seasons. They needed a rising stock. In 12 games, seven playoffs, five pre-real-playoffs, he has eight points. That’s a 55-point pace. That’s not good enough.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on Tavares.

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Vlad16's avatar

Sure, but then I’d have to read more by Steve Simmons…no thank you.

Posted by Vlad16 on 10/01/20 at 03:38 PM ET


Thankless place to play.

I’m sure some love the big money and ultra
-high profile and hype of that media market and stage.

But when it comes to really winning and being treated
as a human being it seems like a pretty thankless place.

I’m sure someday they’ll go on long playoff runs and even win it all.
And that will be an epic explosion of triumph and joy.
They will be heroes forever.

But unless and until then it seems like a continual microscope,
a crucible.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/01/20 at 05:17 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

It blows my mind how a Toronto player has a stretch of less-than-average games and the media immediately wants to send them packing…  no wonder they haven’t won a cup in a while.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 10/01/20 at 06:38 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

It’s no fault of Tavares the Leafs chose to pay him that much. Blame the team, not the player Steve.

They knew what they were getting, Steve said it best:

Those are Tavares numbers, year after year after year. His career is a straight line that way.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/01/20 at 09:33 PM ET


I’m an Islander fan since Day One of the franchise. Tavares is an excellent player. Hard working, dedicated and outstanding, as a representative of the game.

But he lost me when he went to the Isles and asked them not to be traded in his walk year.
That showed me the selfish side of him.

The Isles could have called his bluff and traded him anyway.
But they didn’t and they lost him for nothing.

So JT you screwed two teams. The Isles and the Leafs, who are now stuck with you as your skills decline and your production decreases over the years.

It’s just gonna get hotter in TO, as the years of losing roll by.

Posted by nevinsrip on 10/02/20 at 02:51 AM ET

Primis's avatar

But the Leafs have needed it be more than that for the past two post-seasons.

Then maybe Toronto is just a bad team?

Posted by Primis on 10/02/20 at 08:22 AM ET


A player is only as good as the sum of how he is good plus how much his salary allows the club manager to hire another good player needed for the Stanley Cup victory.

Posted by tutoka from Leelanau Peninsula on 10/02/20 at 09:43 PM ET


The Leafs have backed themselves into a corner. Yes, it’s impossible to plan for a pandemic but the plan they had shouldn’t have relied on the cap increasing dramatically in the next few years.

I have no idea how they can improve their defense for this coming season or how they might improve their goaltending if they want to move on from Andersen with so much tied up in forwards. Plus, things aren’t going to get easier for them any time soon.

Trying to lay the blame on Tavarres is just silly. It’s management who has decided to put all the money into the forward position that deserves blame.

And people are saying they want in on the Pietrangelo sweepstakes? I guess moving Kerfoot MIGHT make that possible but it would probably make the whole cap situation worse.

Posted by evileye on 10/05/20 at 03:16 PM ET

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