Toronto Maple Leafs: Problems Trades Won't Fix

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Problems Trades Won't Fix
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After seven straight seasons of finding themselves on the outside looking in come playoff time, not to mention a horrid midseason tailspin that left them in dire straits, it's safe to say that there are inherent problems with the current Toronto Maple Leafs squad that can't be fixed via trade.

Addressing problems, such as the glaring need for a No. 1 center, is possible via the trade route. However, for each individual need that may be satisfied by player movement, hockey remains a team game. Therefore, each player represents a small piece of the whole, and it's up to management and coaching to mold their team into a well-oiled machine.

From poor penalty killing to shoddy play in the defensive zone, the myriad problems facing the Leafs are as much a result of the lack of coaching adjustments as they are the lack of drive and determination on the part of the players.

With that in mind, here are five areas in which the Leafs need to drastically improve on their own accord as a team, as trading for individual players won't solve the problems at hand.

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