Leafs Defence: Why The Criticism?

One game after the all-star break and I look back on the start of the season and ask myself, why are fans so hard on our defence group? …

One game after the all-star break and I look back on the start of the season and ask myself, why are fans so hard on our defence group? Of course we never criticize Kabby as he is our most complete d-man and one of the best in the league.

But McCabe although he may not be worth his no-trade clause and huge contract, is doing very well. As of late he has been giving up less chances. He is second on the team in assists and 3rd in points to boot.

Although getting off to a bad start, rejuvinated by being paired with Kaberle, Pavel Kubina has picked up his game lately and could be crawling closer to his 5 million dollar contract. He still has a way to go but is slowly proving his worth to this team, his lates movement in a 3 point night against Montreal on Saturday.

Hal Gill is constantly criticized for being too slow and having a negative effect on the team yet he is second on the team in +/- with +6 and one of our top penalty killers and can hold his own defensively. Then we have our very bright future in Colaiacovo and White which can not be argued.

I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t be so quick to judge our defence by a bad first half because there are only 2 regulars from the 05/06 season so chemistry is also thrown in there. I’d like to know your thoughts on this and go easy on me since this is my first article ever.