Changes are coming for the Toronto Maple Leafs and these are some that I believe should be addressed:
Ron Wilson needs to go: He’s driven the team only further into the ground. Two years ago the squad was a borderline playoff team, this was at the time a very mediocre squad. Since then Brian Burke has come and revamped the entire Maple Leaf squad, he built it from the back end up.
You could say on paper they are a much better team than their old version and Wilson has only shown how to throw his younger players under the bus. Ron has yet to call a real time out when needed, to give the team a lesson during the game or even a break.
I’m not sure which coach is the answer, but having an intellectual coach like Ken Hitchcock is a good start. The Leafs currently lack enough offense skill, and supposedly have a strong defensive team and good speed from the forwards, and the trap type system might be old news for today’s NHL, but could be good news to the current make up of the Leafs.
The team needs more experience: Either a coach or time will give them some experience.
“There’s no old, cynical veterans, or guys worrying, ‘Oh, we didn’t make the playoffs,’ ” Wilson said. “A lot of these young guys want the experience and want to make themselves better and this is an opportunity to audition for next season, essentially.”
That was Wilson’s view last season, he’s wrong though. You need those kind of players to show you how to be successful and to push and lead the team around them to play better when they aren’t.
The Maple Leafs are currently one of the youngest teams in the league, next to the lowly Oilers. The oldest forward on the team is the resident enforcer Colton Orr at 28.
Especially for forwards, the Leafs don’t have a real experience forward to lead them, not just to acquire points, but to show how to play in the corners and in front of the net.
They need big physical forwards: One or two forwards who can go into those dirty areas and put in some garbage goals. Players like new Hall of Fame player Dino Ciccerelli who took a beating in front of the net, and still put the puck in.
The Leafs need real net presence, which currently they have none. Most players on the Flyers are those type of players, and it took them far into the playoffs. It was the main reason they got past Halak and the Canadiens because no one was able to play that type of game against them.
Another reason why the Flyers are one of the best this current season, as well why the Blackhawks were so tough, they had power forward Dustin Byfuglien playing vintage net presence style all playoffs.
Not only can they get that presence and garbage goals, they also allow screens or deflections on the goaltender which make saves much more difficult to make.
These are just a few of the many moves they should make, but these are what I feel are currently the most important.
You could say trade this player, or fire the GM or whatever else, but most of these personnel are quite new, and letting them go would mean you have never given them a real chance.
It looks like we’re getting closer and closer for moves to be done.
If you have any ideas, please post them.