It wouldn’t be early August in the hockey world without some random quote that gets attention due to the fact that it made a fanbase mad.
Last year, the Maple Leafs under-performed and that’s just a true statement. They were heading in with arguably the best two-headed monster down the middle — Auston Matthews and John Tavares — and they had very good players still playing for very cheap in Mitch Marner and the aforementioned Matthews.
To not take advantage of this roster with no massive cap obligations that forced reconfiguration in the lineup, should be seen as unfortunate. They were just one game away — maybe one period away — from winning their first opening round playoff series in a very long time.
But of course the coaching decision that led the whole NHL to collectively ask “what the hell are they doing?”, Mike Babcock playing depth players in the last period of Game 7 against the future Stanley Cup Finalist Boston Bruins, was the talk of every fan around the nation.
This is why, when Matt Larkin of The Hockey News put a quote from a future interview with Babcock out into the Twitter world, it just enraged the whole topic …
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation