I would agree with you here if it wasn't for the fact that the GM that acquired him went to bat for the player just last week about his underlying numbers.
Surely this will fix the defense.
The Leafs right now need structure and common sense more than anything. They weren't getting that from Babcock.
People in Toronto are dumb.
Babs knows structure. You work with what you have. They have nothing. And Cherry calling their goalie "the best in the world"... its like everyone there is half asleep.
It's true they lack defense but Babcock was misusing the pieces that were there trying the wrong things with Barrie, praising shitty players like Ceci and Kerfoot. Toronto is a team that should at least be able to score and they weren't even doing that.
This is it IMO. Roster construction in D is a problem and not on Babs. Overpays leading to that problem is not on Babs.
Well the shitty part is due to NHLPA CBA rules, most systems work is done in preseason due to regulated "work" time in practices these days.
I may have done that yesterday. Some pretty amazing stuff.