There has been some recent word that the Toronto Maple Leafs might consider buying out TJ Brodie. There might be some history between he and new Maple Leafs general manager (GM) Brad Treliving, although we cannot know for sure.
What we do know is that there was a rumour that Brodie might be a buyout possibility. If that happens, I believe the team would lose a valuable member of the team’s defense.
Brodie Is a Quiet and Competent Defenseman
Brodie’s role as a defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs does not draw much attention. To me, he’s one of the quietest players on the team. Hardly anyone talks about him, and that’s a good thing. He tends to fly under the radar.
However, in my mind, his contributions to the team are significant. He excels at making simple and effective plays, focusing on his defensive responsibilities, and helping the team break out of their defensive zone.
Brodie Has a Number of Strengths
One of Brodie’s strengths lies in his anticipation skills. He has a knack for predicting where the opposing offensive player is heading and positions himself in the way. Brodie disrupts their plays – regularly. He uses his stick work effectively to poke the puck out of the defensive zone, preventing scoring opportunities for the opposing team.
Despite his quiet demeanour, Brodie has consistently performed this same role over the three seasons he’s been with the team. And, he’s done if for almost 22 minutes each game. That time adds up.
While Brodie’s scoring has decreased compared to his earlier seasons with the Calgary Flames, his primary role with the Maple Leafs is to stabilize the team’s defence. He might not accumulate as many points, but his contributions to the team’s overall defensive game are invaluable.
Brodie Has Three Things the Team Would Miss
Overall, Brodie’s quiet and unassuming nature should not overshadow his importance to the Maple Leafs’ roster. He provides stability and contributes to the team’s defensive success, making him a valuable addition to the team. If he left, I believe there are three characteristics the team would miss.
What the Team Would Miss Number One: Brodie’s Experience and Stability
Brodie brings experience and stability to the Maple Leafs’ blue line. He’s played over 700 NHL games and has consistently been a reliable defenseman throughout his career. His presence on the team provides valuable leadership and stability, particularly for younger defensemen who may benefit from his mentorship.
What the Team Would Miss Number Two: Brodie’s Penalty-Killing Ability
Brodie is known for his strong penalty-killing skills. He has consistently been a key contributor to the Leafs’ penalty-killing unit and has helped the team maintain a solid defensive presence while shorthanded. Losing Brodie could weaken the team’s penalty-killing capabilities, which is an important aspect of the game.
What the Team Would Miss Number Three: Brodie’s Playoff Experience
While Brodie might have had a poorer showing in the second round of the playoffs this past season, it’s important to consider the larger sample size of his career. Over the years, he’s proven to be a reliable defenseman and has performed well in numerous playoff runs. It would be premature to judge his entire value based solely on a small sample size of playoff performances.
The Bottom Line
If the Maple Leafs decide to buy out Brodie, they would miss his considerable contributions to the team. He has considerable experience, he’s stable, and he has strong defensive skills. Although, as I noted, I rarely notice him during games, I’m sure I would miss him.
Sort of ironic, isn’t it? To miss someone you never notice. That’s the deal with Brodie and what makes him a good defenseman.