Early Musings on the Toronto Maple Leafs Off-Season

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The Leafs Off-Season Plans for Management

That means GM Brad Treliving, assuming he remains the GM, has to acquire a genuine first-rate goalie.  The cost will be high, but until this hole in the roster is filled, playoff disappointment will continue to haunt the Leafs.

Speaking of Treliving, does he deserve to stay? 

Yes.  Give the guy a chance, people.  I have to admit, I was not overjoyed with his arrival or with the early returns on his off-season acquisitions.  But in the end, Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi rounded into guys I would consider re-signing, and the band-aid defense held up much better than expected.    

What about Brendan Shanahan?  Mixed emotions here.  Of course, I’m disappointed with the results over the term of the “Shanaplan”.  On the other hand, Shanahan runs a class organization, which means something to me. 

I think he’s smarter than people give him credit for.  If he and Treliving have a clear plan moving forward (which can’t be the status quo), I say let them stay.

Next on the list is head coach Sheldon Keefe. 

I’ve been a Keefe supporter all along, as I think he’s a good coach and a good person.  However, sometimes things just don’t work out, and this is one of those times. 

Someone from outside the organization needs to come in and start fresh with this batch of players.  Are there any Barry Trotz clones out there?  I’ve always like Barry Trotz.