Hell, the Leafs were middle of the pack in HDCA under Keefe last season despite Barrie being the only defenseman to play every game. We all know how much everyone loved Barrie and how the Kadri trade ended up being a mistake (although Kerfoot is better than he's given credit for).
Middle of the pack isn't ideal don't get me wrong, especially when your only D to play every game is useless defensively, but it's not bad enough to warrant what we've seen from Freddy. It’s deflating to see this team dominate possession, shots, and xG% only to have your starter let in 4 on 14 when some of those he should have had.
But not with the issues that the team fails to show up in big games? That they get pushed around and dummied? That they look like chickens with their heads cut off on the defensive side of the game? The same team who's high powered offense got shut down by Columbus?
This is why I cannot put all blame on Fredward, ever.
And this isn't meant to be an excuse for Freddy, either.