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05-04-2013, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Mats86 View Post
Those late '70s Leafs teams would have been cup contenders, best Leafs teams since the '60s. If not for the Habs having greatest team ever at same time. No fault to the Leafs, no team, not even the Islanders could do anything with Montreal at that time... Just glad Ballard was a cheapskate and made many bad trades in '70s to save peanuts. Like Garry Unger as a throw-in in Mahovlich/Ullman trade, Bernie Parent for Doug Favell, or Rick Kehoe trade. Or, the Leafs of late '70s could have been a dynasty!
Just a massive series of mistakes that go back to the early 60's really. Dissolution of the farm system. In addition to what you correctly point out, Ballards treatment of Keon in particular at that time was really destructive. Had he been retained, the Captain of the team, we'd have had a lot more balance, depth, and may have been able to have contained & shut down Montreal as we had quite successfully in the past playing a stifling defensive game. But everyone with promise; gone. Mike Walton, just a tonne of em.

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