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Maple Leafs 2023-24 Season Preview, Part 2: Sorting through the defense, coaching staff, and goaltending

Now we turn to two areas of the organization where the question marks are more significant – defense and coaching – as well as the goaltending position, where the situation appears to be fairly straightforward.

Left Defense

It remains to be seen which side of the ice TJ Brodie will play (and how he performs). He moved to the left in the playoffs in an effort to help him at a time when he was really struggling. Brodie produced another strong regular season, but at playoff time, he was almost a different player. For now, I am going to consider him a right-side defenseman because he has largely played there and nobody else on the unit is screaming “Morgan Rielly’s partner.