SIMMONS: Babcock is a handful of coaches for Dubas or GM to deal with

Understanding Mike Babcock, Kyle Dubas and the relationship between them is somewhat complicated. Babcock has its way of doing business. It's not always easy, it's not always nice. But there is a book on it.

There is not yet a working book on Dubas as CEO of the NHL. Of course it will take some time.

"Scotty Bowman was different from Mike Babcock and Al (Arbor) was different from Scotty," said Jimmy Devellano, who worked with Babcock and Bowman in Detroit and Arbor on Long Island. “I worked with all three. They are all very, very effective, very affected, very driven. "

Another NHL manager said: "Mike can be a racing car racer, he knows only one speed and keeps his foot on the gas constantly. It's that he expects everyone else to be like that. I don't think he's interested in whether he likes it or not. It depends on the results. Scotty was a lot. He didn't care what you thought of him. "

It wasn't easy for Babcock or Maple Leafs. More was expected from the coach and the team. More expected. In any case, assessing success will come from what's happening in the playoff round of the Boston series.

Knowing what Dubas thinks and how Dubas reacts is working for outsiders. There's a new one. He has no record. And in an environment in which Brendan Shanahan welcomes free thought and disapproval, stubborn Babcock and somewhat stubborn Dubas will have problems. Best usually. Exactly how they work and together they will answer both in the near future.


Babcock and Dubas made two mistakes this season. One, not starring Justin Holl. Two, not sending Igor Ozhiganov to AHL when the Leafs won Jake Muzzin. This would make Holla more ready to play and Ozhiganov more ready to play than just practice with Leafs and sit games … Didn't Auston Matthews play a more dominant game than managed Wednesday night against Buffalo Sabers. "You could have had five points," I told him after the match. "Probably more," he said … The Tampa Bay Lightning are first in the NHL in victories, first in points, first in combat, first in power play, first in goals, first in goal difference at +100. Most NHL franchises have never been +100 for no season. The Montreal Canadiens Scotty Bowman has finished the season at +216, the highest in history… This is the exploratory month of many NHL teams. Maybe not for the coyotes of Arizona who shot seven scouts the next day, many of them veterans. It's all part of their smarter approach to building an NHL team than you are. You can't believe Buffalo Sabers will bring Phil Housley into the next season's training. The team just doesn't go as it should be… I love it when we hear Brian Burke because he likes to tell half the story. He talks a lot about Morgan Rielly's preparation, but almost never about how Tyler Biggs might suggest. He also mentions that as he pushed his scouts in Calgary to find a player with size fails to mention that Flames Best Player is Little Johnny Gaudreau, whom Burke would never have suggested. It's not his player size… Gaudreau could be the finalist of the Hart Trophy as the most valuable NHL player. After Nikita Kucher's favorite, you can argue about the relative values ​​of Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, as well as Sebastian Aho of Carolina's long film for two more nominated Harta. As usual, this is another great race, but I can't see anyone but Kucher who wins here.


This is Kawhi Leonard, getting ready for the playoffs and his eventual departure from Toronto: in March, he scored 29.6 points, up 21.5 points from February. However, the biggest mom difference is his shooting from a three-point country. It reached 27.5% in February, now it is 47.9%, which is almost a serious time for Raptor sergeants… Don't you know what chef Serge Ibaka is and didn't spend a lot of time watching his online warning show How hungry are you? but I give him some appreciation for asking Leonard that everyone who is interested in basketball in Toronto is asking: What is Leonardo's plan for next season? He asked Ibak. He didn't get an answer of any kind, either … Most NBA fake designs have Zion Williamson been chosen first in June, but local guy, RJ Barrett seems to be slipping from second to third on many lists behind Murray State Temetrius "Ja" Morant , which is hardly a bad place to go … Raptors have nine games and their rivals, together, are more than 130 games under 500 … Milwaukee Bucks Finishes the Best NBA Record in the First Time Since 1974. This Team Kareem had Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson on it and was driven by the current Raptor's voice of reason, Wayne Embry.


The Blue Jays have introduced a one-hour rule forbidding their people to play Fortnite in the clubhouse before the game. A rule that is not known as Russell Martin's rule, but it might be, makes some sense, but it doesn't go far enough. Players should be expelled from video games in the clubhouses since the clubhouse first opens at 3:30 pm in the afternoon… Blue Jays wraps in Florida with Vladdy Guerrero's injury, along with Dalton Pompey, Ryan Borucki, Devon Travis, Bud Norris, David Phelps, and Clay Buchholz. Please explain again the high-performance dollars that invest in their operations? … Giants look at Kevin Pillar and Blue Jays listen. If Pillar moves, Randal Grichuk starts in the center rather than in the right, which probably opens the door for Anthony Alford … The Big Open Day in Blue Jays History – 50,560 fans in 2005. The smallest open day – 36,316 in 1996 K There are plenty of good places for Thursday's Detroit home tournament… When Roger Clemens sat on Jays, teammate Dan Plesac named him a racehorse: Rule 21. One set of rules for Blue Jays was the context. For No. 21, Cy Young Pitcher … What is Troy Tulowitzki's in games and bats this season. I have 100 games and 350 on bats and I'm not saying it would be without any conviction … If you have a problem with Ian Mendes, you have a life problem. We should all be shrubs of its quality … Department silly: Outdoor football in cold weather.


What do Bianca Andreescu, Miloš Raonic, Daniel Nestor and Denis Shapovalov have in common, other than the obvious, are professional GTA tennis players? There will be all children of East European immigrants who started playing tennis as children under family coaching… How about, CFL changes the time Argos home opener at Arkells request who plays Budweiser Stage on the same day Argos James Harden had an MVP of more than 60 point games this season which puts him on the pedestal opposite Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant… Mike Yeo was fired in St. Louis with the 73-point Blues. Craig Berube trained at 102 points at the last 55 matches… I highly recommend the documentary Home Heading, a story about Israel's presence in the latest World Baseball Classic … Sometimes I'm interested in this country I love: Cathal Kelly and David Shoalts written books But they are not listed in the bestseller list for non-fiction, but the last time I checked Steve Dangle had a book on the list … All the best Dave Smart, the coach of all coaches in Canada, who won 13 national basketball championships before Carleton before you call. It reminds Tom Watt, who has won 11 titles for 15 years of training hockey at the University of Toronto. There were only 32 in the last two seasons … He had a lot of respect for Braden Holtby before announcing that he would not travel with the Washington Capitals a few blocks to the White House. More… Happy Birthday to Ron Hainsey (38), Chris Bosh (35), Dirk Hayhurst (38), Dustin McGowan (37), John Tonelli (62), T.J. Ford (36), Peyton Manning (43), Mike Vanderjagt (49), Undertaker (54) and Barry Horowitz (60)… And hey, what happened to Mel Bridgman?

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So long, Ichiro

The only name of athletes – there is not much that you could recognize without a surname.

Mario was one as well as in Lemieux. Michael different, like in Jordan. Joe Willie was Namath. Babe, like in Babe Ruth. LeBron is LeBron. And Tiger was Tiger.

And all the time in the Major League baseball there was Ichiro.

Seattle Mariners Right Fielder Ichiro Suzuki returns to the field for fans waiting for game 2 Major League Baseball Welcome Series against Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo / Koji Sasahara)

You can't say Mike without telling Trout today in baseball. He won't keep it alone. You can't tell Kevin without saying Durant or Connor without McDavid and maybe in this country you can say that Sid without Crosby and most of them will know what you're talking about.

Ichiro Suzuki was singular in many ways, arriving late in major leagues after years in Japan. He had more than 200 hits in each of his first 10 major league seasons, which himself is somewhat notable. George Brett had only two seasons of 200 hits. Tony Gwynn had five. For all Trout managed, he still has a 200-hit season. Wade Boggs had seven of them.

Ichiro had a special and almost individualized talent. His attitude to batting was different. His style was different. His speed was sensational. His fondness for the rapture of the base was consistent. He had only enough strength, but more than that it was the kind of player you had to watch, you had to concentrate, there is not enough baseball.

Ichiro played his last game in the show season at home in Japan. It can never be replaced.

The chance of the Leafs Cup is running

It is extremely rare for the team to win the Stanley Cup without having any sort of playoff success before their championship run.

For example, the Washington Capitals won five playoff rounds at the age of seven before winning their first cup last June. The Mini-Dynasty of the Chicago Blackhawks started in 2010 one year after Blackhawks lost in the Western Final Conference against Detroit.

Pittsburgh won four playoff rounds in six years before returning to the Circle Championship in 2016 and 2017. Only the Los Angeles Kings, winners of 2012, had a somewhat spotty lead into their first of the two championships after the first Chicago victory. The kings lost their first round in 2010 and 2011 and lost their playoffs six years before.

Which brings you to the Maple Leafs today, heading for the playoffs for the third straight season under coach Mike Babcock. They lost six games to Washington two years ago and last year to Boston. With the exception of the unusual, the Leafs will need to push at least two rounds of play, perhaps more than they can be seriously considered a cup candidate.

To advance to the second round against Tampa, it gives them a platform to build in the future for the cup run. Rarely does the team win something without the previous success and disappointment surrounding it.

Nicholson's cruel moment

Bob Nicholson has Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, two of the best hockey shooters, and still has the Edmonton Oilers hockey club, which is nowhere near ready to be a playoff team.

Which makes his decision to hire a General Manager the most important commitment to his NHL career – and the decision that made you crouch after Nicholson's verbal fake pass in Edmonton the next day.

Nicholson was asked by the Oilers fan about Tobias Rieder for a public event and instead of setting out a simple way out – all he had to say that our incoming general manager would make all the personal decisions – Nicholson went to the anti-Rieder tirade that is not hard to think that it was not possible to score a goal this season.

But optics was terrible. The view was amateurish. The view showed that Nicholson is immature and is not necessarily ready to make this huge decision in Edmonton. If I thought I was an Oilers candidate, I'd be worried about it now: Will I be in charge or be in charge?

Will I sign players and make my list, or will he and the remnants of the Oilers remnants have the best to say? Nicholson had no help in dealing with Rieder. This was not even more surprising about the Oilers joke in this Oilers joke.

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