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Sports Damien Cox: Mike Babcock may be set up for a fall after Kyle Dubas’ uninspiring summer

10:10  12 october  2019
10:10  12 october  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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If Mike Babcock ’s job is on the line this season, you’ve really got to start wondering whether he’s got a fighting chance. At this point, it appears more like That’s not surprising, given that the major surgery done by Dubas this summer on the Leaf roster — the five players who started the game on Thursday

When Leafs coach Mike Babcock described the lack of playing opportunities for Rasmus Sandin, it sounded like the 19-year-old defenceman was being bumped out of the picture for this year’s Maple Damien Cox : Mike Babcock may be set up for a fall after Kyle Dubas ’ uninspiring summer . Oct.

a man wearing a hat: The Toronto Maple Leafs, under coach Mike Babcock, are on a three-game winless skid.© Andrew Francis Wallace The Toronto Maple Leafs, under coach Mike Babcock, are on a three-game winless skid.

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If Mike Babcock’s job is on the line this season, you’ve really got to start wondering whether he’s got a fighting chance.

At this point, it appears more like his boss, Kyle Dubas, has tasked Babcock with the unenviable job of getting better results out of a roster that is no better than last year’s, and quite possibly weaker.

Coming off a collapse against Montreal, a tight one-goal defeat to the Stanley Cup champions from St. Louis and a walloping at the hands of talented Tampa on Thursday, the Maple Leafs are certainly looking a bit wobbly in the second week of the NHL season.

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As the Maple Leafs try to emerge from a low point, rumours have emerged of a rift between head coach Mike Babcock and general manager Kyle Dubas .

Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas and coach Mike Babcock are on the same page when it “I don’t get too up and down by any stretch. Not too high on when we won three games last week or Dubas said he’s not in the market for a goalie, expressing faith that Kasimir Kaskisuo will now be an

Against the Bolts, the same vulnerabilities that were there last spring when the Leafs went out in the first round of the playoffs against Boston remained. That’s not surprising, given that the major surgery done by Dubas this summer on the Leaf roster — the five players who started the game on Thursday weren’t in the opening night lineup a year ago — wasn’t about improving the team’s weakest areas.

Dubas didn’t set out to fix problems. He was necessarily and completely focused on controlling costs. The entire off-season was about getting Mitch Marner under contract, and that was a long-term investment, not one to improve the Leafs in the short-term.

Otherwise, the key shortcomings of this team went utterly unaddressed, specifically its defensive issues and depth in net. So far, the Leafs have surrendered 19 goals in five games, the penalty-killing unit looked completely overmatched against the powerhouse Lightning extra-strength attack and Freddie Andersen’s early-season save percentage has cratered to .876.

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Dubas, because of massive contracts he’s given out over the past 18 months, had so little wiggle room under the salary cap that instead of looking for players who could significantly shore up these areas he was left looking for savings and bargains.

Dubas didn’t trade for Tyson Barrie because Barrie filled a need. He traded for Barrie because he came cheaper than Nazem Kadri. The Leafs GM didn’t address backup goaltending at all, deciding to once again put all the burden on Andersen.

Rasmus Sandin could use at least another half-season in the minors, but he’s in Babcock’s lineup because he costs a fraction of what Jake Gardiner did. Then there’s the strange acquisition of Jason Spezza, who looks completely lost as a part-time fourth-line right winger. Spezza wasn’t acquired to address a need, but because he now earns one-tenth of the salary he commanded for the past decade.

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Head coach Mike Babcock and GM Kyle Dubas projected unity with their comments, and Babcock wasn’t willing to outright accept any responsibility for the team’s shortcomings, while Dubas Yet the progress stalled. Fans shouldn’t be too hung up on the irritating but also understandable tendencies

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The Cody Ceci trade, meanwhile, remains a puzzling one, with no clear evidence at this point that the former Senator is going to be a significant upgrade on Nikita Zaitsev, or give the Leafs a stronger presence in their own zone that the club desperately needs.

The Leafs got no hometown discounts on Marner, Auston Matthews or William Nylander, and so were unable to aggressively find off-season solutions to their biggest problems. That doesn’t mean the team is doomed. What it means is that Babcock is going to have to get very creative with the all-skill, no-sandpaper roster he’s been given by Dubas and manufacture internal solutions to problems that weren’t addressed by the GM in the off-season.

This is a talented Leaf roster, but not a very deep one and not very experienced, either. Subtracting Kadri, Gardiner, Patrick Marleau and Ron Hainsey from last year’s team after letting Leo Komarov, James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Roman Polak go the previous summer has removed quite a number of reliable players from Babcock’s bench.

Instead of Marleau, he’s now got Trevor Moore. Instead of Hainsey, he’s got Justin Holl. Instead of van Riemsdyk, there’s Nic Petan.

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This is not the work of a GM trying to fix problems. It’s the work of a GM juggling cap considerations.

Babcock’s job, of course, is to make all this work anyway. But when you consider he lost both of his assistant coaches last summer and now hasn’t been given a very balanced roster to direct, the challenge is obvious. With Boston coming up twice in the next 10 days, the challenge is also immediate.

Dubas put this team together, not Babcock. But now it’s up to Babcock to make the Leafs win, knowing all the while Sheldon Keefe, Dubas’s junior coach, is waiting in the wings should this team fall short of expectations.

So this is all going to be fascinating as it plays out in the coming weeks. Much of this revolves around Andersen, who is going to have to be outstanding all season and into the spring for this team to take a step forward. His $5-million contract (all dollars U.S.) works in his favour, but this team is going to need more than just spurts of elite goaltending.

If it all doesn’t work, Babcock may eventually lose his job. But if that happens Dubas will also have to seriously re-evaluate the wisdom of having so few players suck up so much cap space, or whether one of Matthews, Marner and Nylander will have to be moved for the greater good. The team has doubled down its commitment to $77-million man John Tavares by giving him the captaincy, so he’s staying put.

The older coach with the big contract now needs to make the top-heavy, inexperienced roster built by his youthful GM win games, and lots of them in a very tough division.

It’s only Thanksgiving, only five games have been played, yet already there’s a whiff of urgency in the air.

Damien Cox is a former Star sports reporter who is a current freelance contributing columnist based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @DamoSpin

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