Toronto Maple Leafs: Three things they can do to turn it around
Here’s a look at three ways they can break their slump and bolster their drive for a playoff berth:
Give James Reimer the task of leading the team over the remainder of the schedule.
Both Reimer and Ben Scrivens have improved this season. But the season is now at a desperate stage, and every team in the Eastern Conference seems to have elevated its game.
Time to trade?
Corey Perry’s name is the name that has surfaced on talk surrounding the Leafs with regards to trade or off-season moves.
But another name making the rounds around the Leafs is Mike Ribeiro, a top-six centre.
The Leafs are said to be interested in adding a centre and a top-four defenceman.
No more excuses
Toronto will be hard-pressed to hang onto a playoff berth if it allows defensive coverage lapses to continue.
They must prevent disasters like that four-goal second period Saturday night against Winnipeg. Good teams, playoff teams, manage those blips down to a goal or two at most. Toronto has to start looking like a playoff team defensively; it certainly has the offensive weapons to make a serious post-season bid.