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Here are your 2020-21 Maple Leafs GM Dubas doesn’t anticipate more impact moves

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Published on October 19, 2020 with No Comments

For all intents and purposes, the Maple Leafs’ roster is set.

General manager Kyle Dubas doesn’t anticipate making more moves that could impact significantly the lineup for the 2020-21 season.

Now, we get to sit and wait for the season to start, with several months to ponder whether Dubas has done enough to turn the Leafs into a Stanley Cup contender.

Dubas hasn’t deleted from the core after the Leafs’ bubble was pricked by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Aug. 9, but added players who will be part of that nucleus to varying degrees, including TJ Brodie, Joe Thornton and Wayne Simmonds.

Then there are goalie Aaron Dell, defenceman Zach Bogosian and forwards Jimmy Vesey, Travis Boyd and Joey Anderson. And let’s not forget defenceman Mikko Lehtonen and forward Alexander Barabanov, who didn’t sign with Toronto in the spring so they could play for the Marlies, as it was put to us recently by a keen Leafs observer.

With the changes he has made, how does Dubas think the roster has improved? During his media availability on Sunday, Dubas said that the additions of Dell, and before him Jack Campbell, give the Leafs the best three-way punch in goal, along with No. 1 Frederik Andersen, they have had in years. We wouldn’t argue with that. There’s no doubt Dell gives the Leafs a solid option should one of the two men ahead of him get injured.

“On defence, TJ is better capable of playing at the top of our group, whether it’s with Morgan (Rielly) or with Muzz (Jake Muzzin) and then Zach adds the different element in terms of physicality and competitiveness that we were seeking to address,” Dubas said. “We’re really excited about where we’re at in terms of the additions, the progress of our own guys and the different types of elements we have added. We haven’t had the success as a group to where anything is owed to anybody based on previous performance, so Zach can challenge anybody as high up as he wants.

“Up front, the top end of our roster is clearly very talented and we wanted to add different elements to complement them, but also guys that were a little bit more competitive or who had a lot to prove. Joe is Joe. Jimmy Vesey is highly motivated. Wayne Simmonds is one of the more highly competitive people we have had here in a long time. We wanted to continue to build out the depth and continue to become more competitive, bolster our blue line and goaltending.

For all intents and purposes, the Maple Leafs’ roster is set.

General manager Kyle Dubas doesn’t anticipate making more moves that could impact significantly the lineup for the 2020-21 season.

Now, we get to sit and wait for the season to start, with several months to ponder whether Dubas has done enough to turn the Leafs into a Stanley Cup contender.

Dubas hasn’t deleted from the core after the Leafs’ bubble was pricked by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Aug. 9, but added players who will be part of that nucleus to varying degrees, including TJ Brodie, Joe Thornton and Wayne Simmonds.

Then there are goalie Aaron Dell, defenceman Zach Bogosian and forwards Jimmy Vesey, Travis Boyd and Joey Anderson. And let’s not forget defenceman Mikko Lehtonen and forward Alexander Barabanov, who didn’t sign with Toronto in the spring so they could play for the Marlies, as it was put to us recently by a keen Leafs observer.

With the changes he has made, how does Dubas think the roster has improved? During his media availability on Sunday, Dubas said that the additions of Dell, and before him Jack Campbell, give the Leafs the best three-way punch in goal, along with No. 1 Frederik Andersen, they have had in years. We wouldn’t argue with that. There’s no doubt Dell gives the Leafs a solid option should one of the two men ahead of him get injured.

“On defence, TJ is better capable of playing at the top of our group, whether it’s with Morgan (Rielly) or with Muzz (Jake Muzzin) and then Zach adds the different element in terms of physicality and competitiveness that we were seeking to address,” Dubas said. “We’re really excited about where we’re at in terms of the additions, the progress of our own guys and the different types of elements we have added. We haven’t had the success as a group to where anything is owed to anybody based on previous performance, so Zach can challenge anybody as high up as he wants.

“Up front, the top end of our roster is clearly very talented and we wanted to add different elements to complement them, but also guys that were a little bit more competitive or who had a lot to prove. Joe is Joe. Jimmy Vesey is highly motivated. Wayne Simmonds is one of the more highly competitive people we have had here in a long time. We wanted to continue to build out the depth and continue to become more competitive, bolster our blue line and goaltending.

 

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