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The Problems In Toronto

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

As for him (Babcock) paying the price for his worst start since the first years of the Shanaplan, U.S. Thanksgiving is often the time when clubs look to make a major change. This six-game trip could be ideal camouflage, once Monday’s Hall Of Fame induction is done. The last three Leafs coaches fired in mid-season — Randy Carlyle, Ron Wilson and Pat Burns — were all turfed on the road,

But letting a 700-win coach go when the team is just two or three points out of a playoff spot in mid-November seems a tad reactionary, never mind the severance cheque MLSE would have to cut the $50-million man barely halfway through his contract. General manager Kyle Dubas and club president Brendan Shanahan must also acknowledge a few things:

* The GM just gave a state of the union address last week that focused on patience.


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