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Don’t Make A Move Toronto

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

Kyle Dubas, as most Leafs general managers in similar situations have tried before him, went this route again last year, adding Nick Foligno from Columbus for a first round-pick and a fourth-rounder as the Leafs finished first in the now-defunct North Division. Foligno contributed very little, and the Leafs went out in the first round again.

So perhaps this year it’s time to do something different. To ignore all the voices calling for this player or that player to be acquired via trade.

In other words, this is the year to do nothing.

Most people would agree the Leafs have the basic talent and depth to win at least one round in the post-season. They do have the fifth-best winning percentage in the league, after all. It’s not about the talent on the roster; it’s about how that talent plays.

So let the talent play.

Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and the Leafs had the talent but not the balance to beat Carey Price, Corey Perry and the Canadiens in a seven-game playoff series last spring, Damien Cox writes.

Part of the story with the Leafs for many years has been an annual search for that addition who will supply the missing ingredient or ingredients. Last year with Foligno, it was a supposed to be grit, size and toughness. With Nolan back in 2003, it was about adding a sniper, another scorer to complement Mats Sundin and Alexander Mogilny.

But what if this year’s Leafs relied on the players they have, many of whom have been groomed and developed by the organization for years, to get the job done?

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But what if this year’s Leafs relied on the players they have, many of whom have been groomed and developed by the organization for years, to get the job done?

Answer: another 1st round exit.

Fact: the Detroit Red Wings have won a playoff series more recently than Toronto.

Fact 2: the Detroit Red Wings have won the Stanley Cup more recently than Toronto has won a playoff series.

broken link

And as shown above, it’s not a secret as to why.

Posted by d ca on 01/29/22 at 04:34 PM ET

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Damien Cox should now do an article where he looks at Cup winners and see what they did at the trade deadline. Almost all of them add some piece that is key to winning that championship.

If you stand still, the rest of the league tends to pass you by.

One doesn’t need to make BIG acquisitions as it is often the small ones made to round out a roster and provide depth that have the most impact. With COVID still a question mark, entering the playoffs without good depth is a good way to get bounced.

I’m shocked when team with serious Cup aspirations enters the playoffs without a solid backup goaltender. Why be one injury away from almost certain defeat? The other thing teams must have is plenty of defenders. Right now this is where Toronto falls short.

Posted by evileye on 01/31/22 at 11:43 AM ET

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