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May 21, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs new head coach Mike Babcock is flanked by club president

Brendan Shanahan

(right) and board chairman Larry Tanenbaum during an introductory media conference at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

28. Toronto Maple Leafs 

The rebuild is on in Toronto. The Leafs brought in coach Mike Babcock to help accelerate the process, but it’s clear there’s a lot of tearing down going on for the Leafs.

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Toronto dealt Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh, and it feels like no player on the current roster is safe. James van Riemsdyk has survived the latest offseason, but he could be placed back on the block this season. The Leafs lack a lot of long-term solutions at positions such as first-line center and could use an impactful defenseman.

It will be a big year for Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul, who will need to pick up the production Kessel’s absence creates. The Leafs also have an aging defensive group and have yet to find a solution at goalie.

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