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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Copenhagen</b></div><div>What do you think the leafs problems are besides babcock, for me its team toughness and actual defense, but fine addressing both of those 1.2 million and 1.9 million is not a priority, no problem</div></div>

Toughness is one of those talking points that are so vague that it is meaningless (and also a bull**** talking point in general). Be specific in what you mean. Going strictly by what you say you must think the Leafs should re-acquire Polak. That obviously wont help them.

Actual defence has actually improved this year. The Leafs issue is that they neutered their offence to do so.

Here is a heat map of where the Leafs where shooting from last year. The + number is offence generated over average (or replacement I forget). Either way it was one of the most potent in the league.
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Here is this year:
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Flyers fans know exactly what happened (Hak and his point shots). Someone needs to go to the leafs, bang their hands on the table and yell <strong>"Thomas Kaberle is your new god!"</strong> and make sure they never take another point shot again.

Here is the Leafs defence btw. They play much better in front of Freddy (confidence issue with backups maybe?) but overall this is what they give up. A minus is good in the D zone as that is how much offence they give up relative to avg/replacement. I saw a comparison of the Leafs defence (in the same way I posted their offence) somewhere but I cant find it. You'll just have to trust me that this is better than what we had last year.
<img class="for_img" src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EJG_MauXkAAyXd9?format=png&amp;name=small" alt="EJG_MauXkAAyXd9?format=png&amp;name=small">

Another huge issue is special teams, particularly PK. They just haven't been good. Here is the PP.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Maple leafs top pp unit this year has been Marner/Matthews/Rielly/Johnsson, with either Tavares or Nylander as fifth. The difference in structure between those two setups is striking. <a href="https://t.co/vJZb76XZi7">pic.twitter.com/vJZb76XZi7</a></p>&mdash; Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) <a href="https://twitter.com/IneffectiveMath/status/1193940473318121477?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 11, 2019</a></blockquote>
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In summary, the normal talking points about this team are completely false.
Forum: Armchair-GMTue at 4:25 pm