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    http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/cu...r-master-plan/

    Curtis Glencross should make Maple Leafs – and become part of their master plan

    Another day, another respectable veteran addition to Toronto’s island of misfit toys. On Wednesday the Maple Leafs signed left winger Curtis Glencross, 32, to a professional tryout. That comes less than a month after right winger Devin Setoguchi joined the Blue and White on a PTO.

    Glencross shouldn’t have much trouble making this team. He’s produced eight straight seasons of double-digit goal scoring. He’s a two-time 20-goal man. He’s an accurate shooter, 12 percent or better in seven of his eight full seasons. Glencross disappointed as Washington Capitals trade deadline acquisition from Calgary this past spring, but a guy who produces 35 points in a down year still has a place on any NHL roster.

    Why Toronto, though? Why would a scorched-earth rebuild squad want a veteran top-nine forward? It’s all part of a master plan being confidently executed by the Leafs’ suped up new regime, including Brendan Shanahan, Mike Babcock, Lou Lamoriello, Kyle Dubas and Mark Hunter.
    Hunter, the Leafs’ director of player personnel, had a lot to work with at the draft, picking nine players. Now, let’s look at what Toronto’s done since then:

    – Sign Matt Hunwick to a two-year deal
    – Sign P-A Parenteau to a one-year deal
    – Acquire Nick Spaling (one-year left on deal), Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington and 2016 first- and third-round picks for Phil Kessel,Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon and 2016 second-round pick
    – Sign Mark Arcobello to a one-year deal
    – Sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal
    – Sign Shawn Matthias to a one-year deal
    – Acquire Taylor Beck for Jamie Devane
    – Sign Devin Setoguchi to PTO
    – Sign Curtis Glencross to PTO
    Look at Babcock’s history as Detroit Red Wings coach. Kids didn’t play for him. Prospect Dylan Larkin even expressed excitement at Babcock’s departure for that reason. Detroit drafted 21 players between 2012 and 2014, and none has played a single minute of NHL hockey yet. Only Tomas Jurco has fully stuck out of the 2011 draft class, and even 2010 standouts Riley Sheahan, Teemu Pulkkinen and Petr Mrazek are just cutting their teeth.
    Babcock didn’t sign an eight-year deal to have less of a say than he did on Detroit. His imprint will blot the Leafs franchise. So don’t expect to see 2015 first-rounder Mitch Marner in the league any time soon. Nylander and Kapanen are thus long-shots to have any impact this season, too. And that’s very much OK. There’s a cool confidence to this new Leaf brain trust. It seems to have a clear idea in mind. It’s that “pain” Babcock spoke about so famously after signing.
    "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

  • #2
    So far I still think Babcock lost his mind and committed career suicide.
    "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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    • #3
      Joke of the league, worst fans, no clear direction. Bunch of morons.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by slapshot723 View Post
        Joke of the league, worst fans, no clear direction. Bunch of morons.
        And too many chiefs who are used to being the final decision maker.

        "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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        • #5
          https://twitter.com/SiriusXMNHL/stat...32610802167808
          SiriusXM NHL NetworkVerified account @SiriusXMNHL As per @andystrickland Brad Boyes going to @MapleLeafs on a PTO



          1:51 PM - 10 Sep 2015
          So much for a rebuild, they have a ton of over the hill vets coming in.
          "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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          • #6
            Babcock is known for not trusting younger players while management is trying for a rebuild. It's an odd mix but maybe they are trying to pick up players that they can trade off at the deadline and acquire more picks.

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            • #7
              How's this of "odd move of the day," the Leafs will no longer have their radio play-by-play and color guys go on their road trips and they will be forced to call the games off a TV set from Toronto.

              http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-pu...185919235.html

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              • #8
                That is strange. Very strange. I am surprised they are doing that. Do they have a thing with one of the announcers?
                "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                • #9
                  Its just odd simply because this is the Toronto Maple Leafs and they are pinching pennies, it really is a strange situation.

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                  • #10
                    http://www.torontosun.com/2015/09/30...fall-to-sabres

                    Top lines fail Leafs in 4-0 fall to Sabres

                    BUFFALO – The kids were all right. The rest of the Maple Leafs on the ice at the First Niagara Center on Monday night? Not so much.

                    Coach Mike Babcock iced his most veteran lineup thus far in the NHL pre-season, only to end up with the worst defeat thus far, a 4-0 blanking at the hands of an energetic young Sabres team that seems vastly improved under coach Dan Bylsma.

                    And Babcock pulled no punches afterwards, calling out his underachieving veterans.

                    “I thought our kids were good,” Babcock said. “I don't think we got anything out of our top two lines.”

                    Included in that group were expected top six forwards Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul. Instead of taking advantage of the young Sabres, they were sloppy and lacklustre.
                    Hey Mike, there is a reason that the Leafs have been bad for the past few years. It was not just the coaching and it was not just Kessel. I think he really believed he was going to come in and turn it around overnight. He is in for a rude awakening.
                    "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mw147 View Post
                      That is strange. Very strange. I am surprised they are doing that. Do they have a thing with one of the announcers?
                      It really is weird. Why not just simulcast the TV feed?​
                      The object is to win. Not just to compete, but to win.

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                      • #12
                        Leafs 1- montreal 1 with 6 mins left, a good coach can make a bad team better, a bad coach, well see islanders.

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                        • #13
                          The Leafs played a good game, but they still don't have the talent to do anything. They need to stay committed to a slow rebuild and not get excited if for some reason they have a good first 20 games.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by FranzyFan View Post
                            The Leafs played a good game, but they still don't have the talent to do anything. They need to stay committed to a slow rebuild and not get excited if for some reason they have a good first 20 games.
                            You know the fans and media there will not be able to stay patient for more than about 5 minutes. The question is how long Shanahan can hold them off before he caves in and Milburys.

                            "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mw147 View Post

                              You know the fans and media there will not be able to stay patient for more than about 5 minutes. The question is how long Shanahan can hold them off before he caves in and Milburys.
                              After tonight, I doubt much longer.

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