Leafs Fans Are Losing Confidence In Lou Lamoriello

It’s been a polarizing off-season for the Leafs – what with the Andersen trade, the sort of players the team took at the draft, the Martin and Polak signings, and the team’s pursuit of Kris Russell. It’s no surprise then that Leafs fans faith in GM Lou Lamoriello appears to be at an all-time low.

Since the start of March, every month on Twitter I’ve been polling people on whether or not they approve of the job Lou Lamoriello and Mike Babcock are doing for the Leafs. The hope was that the results would become interesting over time, as fans opinions of the two inevitability changed.

I got what I came for this month when I asked Leafs fans yet again whether or not they approved of the jobs that Lamoriello and Babcock were doing. Here were the results:

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As we can see, fan support for Mike Babcock is still virtually unwavering and unchanging – not surprising since he’s the coach of the team and the team doesn’t play hockey games in July.

For Lou Lamoriello, though, we see a big drop. While support for him as the team’s GM has been very strong ever since I started the polls, he saw a big dip after the past few weeks saw the team make a series of questionable moves.

Granted, support for Lamoriello is still at 58%, which means the majority of fans still approve of him, but it’s nonetheless a sudden and large drop in the degree of satisfaction people have with him.

Hopefully, these polls reflect some more interesting changes in fan perception over time, and for the sake of Leafs fans, hopefully Lamoriello’s approval ratings go back up in short order.

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  • Also, as weird as this sounds, I don’t think it’s fair to lump the mainstream media reporters that you have a disdain for in this conversation.

    If you perceive our brand of skepticism as overly critical, it’s worth noting that nobody in the mainstream has been critical of the Leafs’ offseason. The top guys are on vacation, the secondary guys are focused on befriending prospects at development camp, working on their summer sports, or weren’t huge on the Leafs’ prior perceived strategy and like this one better.

    Again, I don’t think we’re being a chamber of actual negativity or calling for the sky to fall, but if you don’t approve of our recent direction, it’s not fair to lump others who aren’t doing the same thing into it.

  • BigDeal

    It is valid to question the recent waivering from what was perceived to be a very solid ShanaPlan. The complete change up in drafting style, the anti-analytic signing of Martin and the turning off of Stamkos …

  • CMpuck

    Wow,this clown really has the pulse of leaf fans Go on to real leaf sites, like hf boards, or the best MLHS, to really see how the leaf nation feels
    Yea, I’m real upset that Lou is adding to a team, that lost 26 2 goal games, Matthews,Marner,Martin,Rychel,and finally a no 1 goalie, Anderson. Oh, plus a KHL all star defenceman in Zaitsev, right shot no less. So, yea we are, real mad at Lou. Please stop writing about what leaf fans feel, as you really have no idea what you are talking about.

    • I respect the opinion that Lou is going in the right direction. Hell, I’m still generally of the opinion that he is, with a couple road bumps along the way.

      But the Leafs didn’t think they were a 30th place team going into this season and they won a 5-to-1 draft lottery to get Matthews.

      Marner was drafted before Lou. The Leafs and Zaitsev had all but signed the contract (KHL restrictions kept him back another year) before Lou.

      Martin and Andersen are both great hockey adds and will help the Leafs succeed this year. The Leafs also paid at or slightly above expected market value for them. That’s not something a GM should called a genius for; consistently paying at or slightly above market value makes you an average to below average team. The goal is always to beat the market. He didn’t here, but at least he didn’t really lose to the market and got quality players.

      Rychel was an absolutely hilariously lopsided trade and he and the rest of the front office deserve full credit for that.

      What I’m basically getting at here, and what I think we’ve all been trying to get to here, is that the perception should move from “it’s going perfectly” to “it’s going good, but it could be better”. There’s always room for improvement.

      We don’t write claiming to speak for Leafs fans. We write offering our own perspectives. This post is an exception, in the sense that it is literally revealing the results of a poll that had a sample size of nearly 700 voters this month and thousands in total.

      We’re sorry that we aren’t as representative of the community as HFBoards is.

  • CMpuck

    This summer could have been a lot more fun from a fans perspective, even Lou’s critics aren’t saying ‘fire Lou’ the criticisms have been justified and rather mild, he just not getting a free pass on good will anymore. Lou is always going to be a bit polarizing as he build his culture. It remains to be seen how his culture succeeds in 2016.

    • A spike or drop in a poll with a five-month sample is something interesting to point out. As Shawn said, the majority is still positive, but to go from riding high 90’s to just barely above even is interesting.

      Does it mean anything? Should the Leafs change things up based a Twitter poll? Probably not, that would be incredibly asinine. But it’s worth pointing out.

      Which really, has bene the encapsulation of the last few weeks. Nobody is calling for the heads of anybody, we’re just pointing out the “huh, weird” moments.

      • Trevor5555

        Im interested to know how many people have been responding to the poll. Sample size is extremely relevent in approval rating polls. You typically need thousands of respondents from various demographics if your poll is meant to truely represent the group you say it does. Its a real stretch to say a twitter poll is really an accurate representation of all Leaf fans perception of our GMs moves so far.

        I like the idea and think it will be very interesting to see how Lamouriello’s approval changes over the next few months and years but to say it represents all Leafs fans is overstepping unless were talking at least thousands of responses.

        I disagree with a lot of the articles points but I still read it everyday because I do love talking about the team and its direction.

        Best of luck and keep up the good work. Always good food for thought.

  • silentbob

    I don`t think anybody is afraid of Lucic. He is a hit from behind type of guy and he will get what he deserves when the time comes. I don`t see him as a big threat because if he was he wouldn`t be getting bounced around the league!!

  • giproc

    I have come to accept that most leaf fans never approve of the GM’s we have. He hasn’t done a horrible job, we need to relax. Lou Lamoriello is in the hall of fame for a reason.

    • giproc

      I’M with you Alex , let’s not be too hasty to fire anybody just yet ! We have to look at the big picture and let these people do their job’s!we know that it will take time ! Just look back at Chicago and Detroit , both had rough years before winning!
      Give them a chance ! Patience is needed !

    • Gary Empey

      You are absolutely rite….also between Shanny and Lou how many Stanley Cups…for those haters….go cheer for Ottawa….but for us die hards who are in it to win it.. we got your back blue & white…go leafs go!!!!!