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Build the Boats: Shanahan's Message to the Leafs' Core | Leafs Hub
Arrested Development Here we are in August, and the expected demolition of the Leafs' roster appears to have stalled. Or was hitting pause part of the plan? When Leafs' President Brendan Shanahan discussed the deal that sent Toronto's all-star winger to the Pittsburgh Penguins (in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling and picks), he described the trade as "a message to our group." So what is that message, exactly? If it was that no player is untouchable, then the message was redundant. The team clarified as much back in February, when MLSE approved plans to begin a rebuild. Any hope that the status quo would continue was surely dashed on "Bloody Sunday," when the Leafs jettisoned their coaches and swathes of scouts. Any denial was surely dispelled when Mike Babcock declared "there's pain coming" after being introduced as the team's new head coach. So what was the message sent to the Leafs' core of Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak? I can't read