I pay attention to a lot of Leafs noise, I don’t call it all coverage because most of it is just static. Amongst all of the noise, you can decipher some nuggets of truth or even something that may be thought-provoking.
Take a look at the current Leafs with a record above .500 but haven’t been playing solid hockey it has been downright ugly, well can we pause and look to back last year when we won just two games in October and the Ginger save good (shout out to the Cpl Matthews account @CplMatthews ) looked shaky and not the goalie that would lead us anywhere ? May I also recount that the season previous we have the dubious distinction of being dead last!!
Now fast forward to present we have been inconsistent and again Andersen is not playing to his full potential. The Leafs team defense is scary as Trump having the nuke codes. That being said we are still grooming a corp of young players, we also are working in a guy fresh off a snapped leg, a new vet, and a couple Swedes fresh to North American ice. To me all of this will take time smooth out and get a rhythm together, we also seen first hand already our ginger save god can re-bound with recent efforts he is rebounding to form (a slow starter may he be hmmm).
Now to show I do pay attention to people who are crazy enough to follow me, there is something Alyssa (@IrwinLuh) said and I took heed to it, I pointed out Marner may not be playing well cause his linemates are as good as gone, but boy I think I had that backward. Picture this your somewhere that has been home for a long while you enjoy it and even though you had some bad times the team is now on the cusp of turning that corner, boom your being shopped to other teams indicating that really no matter how well you play you won’t be coming back next year, you’d feel damn shitty probably not engaged and focused and that in turn would show u in your play and actions on and off the ice.
Enter JvR and Tyler Bozak two players who can be replaced internally as easy as a swift line up change let alone a trade and to me, you have a recipe for disaster. I didn’t agree with Mr. Dangle that we would have a resolution by Christmas but now boy howdy do I ever think we will, with the Nikita Soshnikov situation, him having to be called up and in the a NHL lineup by Nov. 14th and the fact we have had resolution on the Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris trade front. The Maple Leafs trade door is now wide open for the Toronto team to make some noise themselves and alter their lineup.
I ask you who would you target and what would you offer, the chips we have are JVR, Bozak and Uncle Leo. I think we will target defense and choose Anaheim as our trade partner once again to do so. I’d be damn happy myself to see Josh Manson on the Leafs as I said before the expansion draft, but much like that time we will probably either do nothing and let these guys just walk or trade for a depth D out of Vegas that won’t have the impact we need.
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