I would fire Babcock.
We did somewhat turn the corner in this about 6 weeks ago. We trended towards the bottom of the league in CA/60 and SCA/60 for most of the season. Starting around the beginning of March though, we were much closer to the middle of the pack in both. Not good enough, but still a big jump forward. That's how we played for most of this series. Removing the last couple stone handed ****s from the blueline, and inserting the Rosen's and Sandin's of the world will make a pretty big difference there. Mind you, Jake has historically been good at that but was a little less good this season...and he's not coming back.Tonight aside, I thought the Leafs did well in that dept this series.
+1I would fire Babcock.
This is the one thing that I keep returning to in my head when I question whether or not Babcock actually gets punted this summer. Last year, after under playing Matthews, Babcock had to fly to ****ing Phoenix in the summer to mend the fence. Matthews is coming off of a playoff performance that shut up everyone questioning him after last year's, and he played 18 ****ing minutes in a game where the Leafs didn't kill a single penalty (Babcock's usual excuse for Matthews not getting enough ice). Freddy Gauthier was taking shifts in the 3rd period, and Auston Matthews played 18 minutes. Auston is going to be ****ing choked.What doesn't make any sense from Babcock either is he had big guys in Matthews and Muzzin and still didn't use them. So I don't know what the **** he wants.