The Toronto Maple Leafs players, staff and management group held their season ending media availability today to break down just exactly went wrong for the team in their best of five Qualifying Series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.To start, a lot went wrong at least in most people's assessment, but don't tell that to general manager Kyle Dubas. The sophomore GM flat out refused to take any responsibility for the team's lack of playoff success and, frankly, he sounded a bit petulant in his dealing with the media this afternoon.
When asked if he potentially misjudged the talent on his team's roster, Dubas had a simple one-word answer:
When challenged about his over-reliance on analytics and his management style, Dubas took exception and essentially through out the "You guys just don't get it..." defense.
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That may very well be true Kyle, but your vision to this point has delivered nothing but disappointment so far. So unless your future vision includes trading for McDavid, Crosby, Ovechkin, Hedman and Price I don't think your vision is going to work.
Things got even weirder when Dubas defended winger Mitch Marner whose play was pretty underwhelming through 3 of his team's 5 games against the Jackets.
Serious question: Does Dubas even watch these games or just read the post-game analytics? Anyone with any hockey sense at all could see that Marner was a non-factor for well over three quarters of this series.
Tyson Barrie, a major offseason addition last summer, was also a non-factor for the Leafs. Dubas chalks that up to Barrie "not being comfortable" after arriving in a trade for Nazem Kadri. Seriously?! Seriously... you just can't make some of this stuff up.
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Call me crazy but when you're getting paid millions of dollars to play in the NHL it shouldn't be anyone's responsibility to make sure you're "adjusted" to a new environment. Be a professional. Acclimate yourself. Put yourself in the best possible position to help your team win. It's literally the only expectation of the job. Good grief...
Sorry Leafs fans... more excuses from management to carry you through the offseason.
Personally, I think this sums things up pretty well: