Leafs given an ultimatum amidst losing streak

It starts tonight against the Golden Knights… the clock is ticking!

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This is not how the Toronto Maple Leafs imagine the first stretch of the 2019-20 season going with the talented lineup they have… The team dropped their fifth straight game to fall to 3-5-2 in their past 10 games and that isn’t even close to meeting expectations…

Some fans have called out general manager Kyle Dubas for making the wrong personnel moves in the offseason. Tyson Barrie has not fit in well and, in turn, the Leafs miss Nazem’s Kadri’s grit and determination. Other additions like Cody Ceci and Jason Spezza have been underwhelming, while superstars like captain John Tavares and $65 million man Mitch Marner have been injured or inconsistent.

Other fans want head coach Mike Babock out… While it may be too early to send the bench boss packing, the Insider Trading panel on TSN discuss what could be next for the Maple Leafs and what needs to be done, signs that need to be shown in the coming three days if they want to keep the team together. 

If not, Bob McKenzie believes some sort of ultimatum will be given to the Leafs and something will have to be done to fix things before it’s too late. 

“Before the season began people were asking questions about Mike Babcock’s future and how long the leash might be for him if the Leafs got off to a slow start. Well they’re not only off to a slow start – a .500 hockey team – that is coming off of a disgraceful performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins. I don’t believe for a moment that the Toronto Maple Leafs organization from Brendan Shanahan all the way down to GM Kyle Dubas is predisposed to want to make a coaching change in season, I don’t believe that is the plan at all. But I also don’t believe the Toronto Maple Leafs can have many more games like they did on Saturday night, which makes (Tuesday’s) game against the Vegas Golden Knights and Thursday’s game against Arizona and Saturday’s game against Colorado vitally important to show that these players aren’t rolling over and playing dead. “

On Tuesday, it was revealed that the Leafs’ leadership group held a players only meeting, without their bench boss, to discuss what needs to happen and their plan of action to get back on track.

We will be able to tell later tonight if some good came out of that meeting.