Hank01

Absolutely the Leafs want to win now.  It's why they brought in Babcock 3 years ago. To take a run at the cup within 5 years of that signing. Years 4 and 5 coming up in that 5 year plan. That's why this Tavares signing  makes so much sense.

Last year the Leafs allowed the most shots on goal during the regular season of any team that made the playoffs.  

Many feel (and there were many articles written) that Andersen was the Leafs MVP last season.
 I am sure many thought he was their mvp  as he was an improvement over the revolving door of goalies who were christened into the HOF after a few games with Leaf fans .

 Leaf fans kinda evaluate themselves with themselves instead of the league .

 The Leafs  do look good on paper but I still would want a money goalie . Maybe Anderson can become that guy but last year I would say no . A strong Defenceman signing would help as well but with a money goalie they can win with a little less talent .

PTBO Dave

As a fan of both teams, I'd like to see the Flames and Leafs look into shipping Giordano to Toronto in exchange for a younger forward.

Edit: Now that the Flames have signed Neal, I guess I don't see them parting with Giordano. I had thought they were going for a youth movement for the future, but maybe not.

Leafs still need some help on D though.

Lyle B. Style

Depending what happens with a couple teams I suspect the Leafs will wait til around the 1/2 point in the season to re-assess their progress.

If the Jets, for instance start going into the tank, The Iceman, Kevin Chevyldayoff will start shedding salaries and look for trade upgrades, realizing their season is in trouble!

Tyler Myers or Jake Trouba could be the answer - but it would prolly cost the leafs at least one roster player (hi-level AHL guy also) and a 1st round pick (Leafs would probably give up a #24 to #30 pick if the Stanley Cup standings favorites hold!

While the Jets may be in order for a shock downgrade next season (failure to sign Stastny, other teams having answers for Laine & Ehlers, etc.) they should still contend for a playoff spot but will definitely NOT finish as #2 overall in overall reg. season standings. Somewhere #11 to #18 is my best guess - so they'll already have a near Top 10 pick in their mailbox.
WAITING FOR A  MIRACLE - 28 YEARS, COUNTING!

Iconic SR

It’s great that Tavares will now be able to legitimately sleep in his Leafs jammies, but as he said - it’s a dream of his to play for the Leafs. However, winning anything with them isn’t even on his radar.

People shouldn’t get too excited. The Leafs excel at taking great talent and not exploiting it very well. 

Iconic SR

Leafs are on their way to buying a championship .

 Travares who I thought would shun the hot spotlight of Yonge St will be in the thick of things this year as high expectations will have the fans wanting nothing less than the Cup .

  Maybe one goalie away from it in today's NHL .
They’ve tried that before and it failed multiple times. Playoff wins and Stanley Cup championships takes grit and humility and commitment. 

Do the Leafs possess that? 

tony

They’ve tried that before and it failed multiple times. Playoff wins and Stanley Cup championships takes grit and humility and commitment.

Do the Leafs possess that?
They possess a President and a HC who have won the Cup.

They know what it takes to get there.

TravelPat1

OskeeweeneeVI

They possess a President and a HC who have won the Cup.

They know what it takes to get there.
Yippee.  
They've had Cup winners in management before.  While this current management is far more professional than past editions the fact of the matter is this team as it is constructed does not a defense ready for the post-season.
There are 3 power-play specialists who look good on the scoresheet in the regular season but get tossed around like rag dolls when the games are for real.

Lyle B. Style

Brian Burke and his ascerbic personality dragged the Leafs down significantly - both fans & media. His truculent style of confronting media members was found disconcerting at the least - disturbing at the most. That's why he's had to settle as a media joker/analyst w/ various outlets. Same thing happened to Craig Button - nobody could work with the guy!

Balticfox

A mistake on the part of Tavares. Toronto is where NHL careers go to die.

Radically Canadian!

rcon

A mistake on the part of Tavares. Toronto is where NHL careers go to die.
Just ask any goaltender that they have had in the last 25 years. Arrive in Toronto in the penthouse, leave Toronto in the outhouse (for those too young to know what that is, think "permanent" porta-potty with splinters!). ;)

TravelPat1

 


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