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Let the hounds circle. It is time for heads to roll the leafs lost again in game 7 in round 1. Forget the fact that both teams were considered top 5 teams and even matched. Forget the fact that the leafs and Bruins both had a strong series. This is the leafs and every year is cup or bust. Here is my thoughts on the hounds all against Dubas & Babcock.

I will start with Babcock and the bad. The first most recent is the handling of Matthews ice time in Game 7 with the game on the line. Then we have his handling of Hainsey, his over reliance on Polak in seasons past etc... First his handling of Polak is a big fault, Polak was past the time when he was needed. Hainsey while was over played and is a 5 or 6 defense at best, he was the most reliable at the time according to Babcock. Then we have ice time, so I am sure we can all attest he has his faults. Another fault was his power play reliance despite them failing time and time again.

These are problems, but like all coaches there are good and bad. Babcock has done admirably at developing the players at the NHL level. Babcock has played over the regular a four line team which helps preserve and win games. Babcock is a veteran coach who has experienced. He works hard and deals with the media with perfection. He has helped many players find their stride or work well with his system. The reason, why I am looking at this is I believe he does not need to be fired. He can still be the right coach and deserves another shot. That being said, I personally think if it means losing Keefe, He he is a good coach working through everything.

Dubas is simple, it is first year, lol. We are calling for his head before he got a chance. The Nylander holdout was a mistake. Matthews was signed to proved a quick learner. Matthews would not have signed unless 6 or 7 years.
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April 29, 2019 9:56 PM ET | Delete
I think Babcock likely does need to go for the team to make the next move forward. You mention over reliance on some certain players. This was his MO in Detroit beforehand.Yes he can coach but has been out coached by Cassidy and others in the regular season too. 0 for 11 on challenges that cost us as well. He really has lived off a reputation and is already beginning to show a stubborn adherence to his old school coaching style and not adjusting to the changing game.Look at his misuse of the fourth line, game on the line and star players benched while the fourth line rolls out there constantly. Playing a struggling Marleau over his star players at that too. Ultimately his bench, so the failures on PP and PK fall at his feet, not to mention the absolutely disgraceful constant bench minors all year long for too many men! Add in his pointed comments towards the addition to Muzzin, who he didn't like or want, and how he and Dubas are clearly not on the same page here, that disconnect is going to have to get addressed.All of which leads me to saying Babs could be removed and the bench cleaned house right there. It might just be what is needed. Being stubborn and holding to your pattern of rolling four lines and matching who you want how is NOT going to fix things at all. Even Marc Crawford learned to change his approach and look at how much better he was behind the Ottawa bench!
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