Of all the players the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired this past off-season, I was most thrilled to witness Tyson Barrie become (one of) their best defencemen. I, and most of us were shocked with what we observed.
Let’s begin with his inaugural game in a Maple Leafs uniform; two assists. “Okay, he’s off to a great start.” Two games later, Barrie does it again; two more assists. “Alright, I didn’t think he’d be this good!”
While fans were ecstatic about the player they thought would bring balance to the defence core, we didn’t expect the devastating future ahead. After tallying four assists in his first three games, Barrie was held to just one point in his next 18 and still, he was without a goal.
That was until news surfaced about there being a possible coaching change coming. In the two final games under Babcock, the 28-year-old tallied an assist in each appearance.
And then the inevitable happened:
Brendan Shanahan and Kyle Dubas told Mike Babcock he was fired today. Shanahan flew to Arizona from Toronto today to be there. It was Shanahan, of course, who …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation