To: Mike Babcock
The head coach, Toronto Maple Leafs
Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment
From: Steve Dangle
Hockey YouTuber. Podcaster. Author.
April 30, 2018
Since maple leaves were knocked out in the first round (again) due to Boston (again), I had more time to do some reading. The first book on my list was "Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chase your dreams."
Leafs Game 7 loss to Boston – I mean the very last, just to be clear – left me there is nothing but doubt.
Many foaming hordes of Leafs Nation, my screams I turned, wondering if you should go back to coach the team. This is about as gentle as I can put it. I made a 33-minute video about the game 7 and somehow managed to do it without a single expletive.
Since the Leafs were eliminated, I was able to have a few beds. And while it has not healed the pain, it allowed me to reflect.
The next day you come to Toronto, probably the most surprising thing that happened to the foliage decades. If Shanahan joined the team, he leaves his job as one of the many people stopped down frames. It was a cool name, and then so did a great job, but at the time it was not proved as the executive team. If Kyle hitting joined the Leafs in 2014, it was neat, too. But again, while it looks promising at the time, he still had to prove himself.
Then you have got on this plane.
Many of them said how beautiful you paid Leafs coach. The truth is: what was the cost of acquisition at the time. You've been a coach with a successful track great demand. Of course, it took a lot of money, then, to convince someone with your resume to lead the Leafs. Remember that team? You actually let Frankie Corrado play that season. Any coach with a Stanley Cup ring and several Olympic gold medals, who want to coach the 2015-16 biennium Leafs must be a millionaire. Team smelly. But by some miracle, you make them watchable.
And let's not forget his little speech after winning the world championship on hockey. You said that it was a sign of things to come to Toronto. It turns out that all you need to beat Zdeno Chara in the tournament for the best of the best & # 39 is Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marshall. I wonder if any of the arrogance that was due to the fact Maple Leafs made only Auston Matthews first overall.
Leafs made the playoffs in 2017, and faced with the seemingly impossible task of beating the presidents of touching-winning Washington Capitals. Five and six overtime games through Leafs were broken, but the man did they prove that they could hang.
In 2018 Leafs easily qualified for the playoffs, and then crashed into the Boston Bruins. It was a series of up and down, and your team fought back from a 3-1 deficit series to force a Game 7, only to send me back to my therapist again. Nevertheless, it was still a very hard series against a great team. And Maple Leafs took steps, do not you? Of course, things will be different next year.
And now we're here. Leafs just finished playing and losing to Boston again, John Tavares and all. It can be argued that the Leafs were the better team this time in seven games that you certainly would not be able to bet a year ago. However, the Leafs got their lunch handed to them again.
Yes, Jake Gardiner played hurt. So, William Nylander was a tough season. Thus, the ground frame has been suspended because it is a year that begins with "2» Matthews, Mitch Marner, and Morgan Rielly all the stars in this league. The team added Jake Mazzini and John Tavares. And they still lost. In your end-of-season press conference, you reference "pain" as you did when you joined the team in 2015, but this loss does not feel like just another part of the "process", and it certainly did not want to progress.
Which brings us to the uncomfortable part.
The question that I can not help but ask, "Is this the team has gone so far as it can with you?"
I know, right? How unfair that? In the end, you have come, have a young team and showed them how to become great players. The legendary Blue and white disease has been eliminated. Your follow-up Maple Leafs last place finish for 1 year with three straight with a & # 39; appearance of the playoffs. So we became hungry fans, well-fed and are now criticizing the cook?
Well, life is not the coach of the NHL & # 39 is fair. Look at Pittsburgh. Twice now they have a coach to devote himself to the team only fired in the middle of a season in which they won the Stanley Cup, and people look back on the coach as one piece, which kept them from succeeding. Is this true? Of course not. But, perhaps, their goal was to get the team's 75 percent of the way, just to pass the baton to someone else on the last lap to fame.
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The question I have now, "Are you a man?"
• The team goes out and gets Jake Mazzini. You will immediately say that it is not a right-hander.
• The team has hit and you're talking about his lack of depth. I know what you said later comment was supposed to be a compliment about the Nashville Predators, but it was shown to me.
• You play Auston Matthews less than 19 minutes in Game 7, in which you have never had the lead and were never in the penalty area.
• What is it going to take to sit Patrick Marleau? B put it in jersey aid Modano? Sorry. I'm crazy, right?
I know that Kyle hitting young and adorable. It looks like you would find it on the taken & # 39; family unity & # 39; i with Jimmy Neutron and Kyle Bukauskas. But he is also the guy in charge. Over the past few days I have heard a lot about you referring to the Leafs management team as "we." You are the head coach and a good friend with a great track record and so, you should definitely be consulted on personnel decisions,
But in the end, Kyle's your boss. Sometimes I wonder if you have forgotten that. You said it yourself, you know that your relationship with him behind closed doors, so it does not matter what anyone thinks. You're absolutely right. But sometimes, when you're talking like a guy who has all the answers to success, you'll get the greatest number of questions in defeat.
I am grateful for all that you have done with this team, which used to stink. But in the end, I want Leafs to win the Stanley Cup. And now clear to me – and I suspect that your boss as well – that in order for this to happen to you over the bench, it will require some changes, including on your part.
So no matter what your name is, you can choose to be part of the change or affected by it. This is not 2008. You have a chance to win the Stanley Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Before they hired you, I could not even imagine that. But now I can. But then again, some changes are necessary if you intend to stay in this picture.
Just imagine this: how great it will feel like it will improve your inheritance, and how it will be closed a lot of people – like me – forever.
So, how do you like to say, "How's that?"
Dutifully yours (some blogger you can ignore)