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What should the Leafs do?
Tue, January 8, 2008

The Maple Leafs felt like throwing a hockey stick through the television following last night's 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, preferably at the big HD screen at National Hockey League headquarters in Toronto.

But angry Nik Antropov took the team's anger at a costly overtime penalty and three video replay reversals the hardest, hurling his stick towards referees Mike Leggo and Don Koharski after Rod Brind'Amour netted the game-winner.

Forget about throwing hockey sticks. What about throwing in the towel on the season? What should the Leafs do before the trade deadline? Have your say in our forum.

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I'm almost starting to sorry for the Leafs. But that ain't going to happen. Who told Tucker that he is a super star? Good gawd he sucks.

off topic. Last night Bob Cole & Greg Millen once again proved that they are the worst broadcasters in Canada.... bar none. It was painful how they butchered the Sens-Wings game. Poor stevie Y must have felt that he was in a Mexican prison sitting between those 2 wankers.
Goober Nation, 2008-01-13 14:03:00

Da Phantom - let me say it once again : being the richest team NO LONGER HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT! Not with the salary cap limiting EACH team to a maximum of $50 million (or whatever the current limit is).

It's HOW they spent that money that is coming back to haunt them now. No other team in hockey would have given a long-term $4 million plus salary to a 34-year-old forward who scored 94 goals in 426 games (an average of about a goal every 4.5 games) before having a career year where he scored 40. To be fair, no one knew he would come down with cancer and that must, of course, be weighing heavily on his mind. But the fact remains, he is now averaging around one goal every 5 games and despite the rumors about trading him, I can't see any other team taking on his salary at this stage of his career and with those doubts hanging over him.

Same with Kubina, whose previous team, Tampa Bay, turned him down when he offered to come back for LESS money than he had just made. Then along comes JFJ to open the vault for him. Good luck trying to trade THAT contract. Another is Darcy Tucker whose inflated salary and decreasing production doesn't exactly make him a wanted commodity. McCabe also makes way too much for the value he brings to a team in terms of his position.

So, no matter who takes over, they are stuck with the same situation, and are at least 4 years away from returning to being a contender for a playoff spot (forget a Stanley Cup for a lot longer than that). And even that is based upon where they finish this season and next and how they do in the draft lottery.
George O'Leary, 2008-01-13 12:57:02

My God How long more must we suffer . Cause unless there is some magic left it is just as well we all (Leaf fans) should start getting ready for NEXT YEAR > Wow i blows 1's mind to think 1 of the riches teams in ANY sport can have such a crappy team . Or do the owners look at the fans as fools. Maybe they are right i have waited so long and it looks like we will wait AGAIN.
Da Phantom, 2008-01-13 12:02:43

What a waste of time. I haven't watched the Maple Leafs on TV for the past 7 or 8 games. Yeah, I'm a fan, but if the fans would stop going to the games and stop watching for a while, maybe things would change.
Gordon S., 2008-01-13 11:56:30

Jimmy,

CBC cant just stop showing leafs games, they get high ratings with leafs games, theres just to many leaf fans, which I think is pretty sad.
RJ, 2008-01-13 11:05:44

Jimmy, Pogge was drafted 90th in 2004. The history of 90th picks hasn't exactly produced many stand-outs. Going back to 1996, in fact, I see one name that now rates as a decent player - Mathew Lombardi, drafted by Calgary in 2002. The rest is a collection of "Joe Who's?"

1996 - Mike Hurley - Dallas; 1997 - Chris Stanley and 1998 -Regan Darby - both by Vancouver; 1999 - Patrick Autiero - NYR; 2000 - Jean-François Racine - Toronto; 2001 - Owen Fussey - Washington; 2003 - Juha Alen - Anaheim.

To be fair, we don't know yet about those taken in 2005 (Dan Collins - Fla), 2006 (Aaron Snow - Dallas), and 2007 (Louie Caporussu - Ottawa) - but I don't think any are burning things up in any way, shape or fashion wherever it is they're playing now.

In a bit of irony, the 90th pick in 1995 by San Jose was Vesa Toskala. So, in essence, Toronto's goaltending hopes of the future lie in two guys taken 90th.


George O'Leary, 2008-01-13 09:28:07

I cant believe they called up Pogge. They are second last in the NHL and are brutal in there own end. I guess they want to ruin another good young prospect like they did back in the early 80's.

He is having a very good year with the Marlies after struggling last year in his first year in the AHL. Let him development in the minors for at least the rest of this year and see how he looks next year at training camp and the preseason games.
Jimmy, 2008-01-12 20:03:37

The only way the Leafs will ever be a true cup contender is if they are sold to someone that will be a hands off owner and hire a hockey person to run the hockey dept. that will have complete control to trade away the core and start rebuilding with the draft.

Tanenbaum and the teachers only care about making money.

16 wins in 40 + games is a disgrace. Only the LA Kings are worse and the Leafs lost to them LOL.

I wish the CBC would drop the remaining Leaf games and start showing more Sens and Habs games.

Anyone that can sit through a Leaf game from start to finish must be a long time fan that doesnt see just how bad this team really is.

Chip it out of there end, dump it into the others team end is brutal hockey for these players that are suppose to be the best in the world. I guess you have to be a world class player to play like that LOL.

If they dont play the system Maurice wants, start benching them. If that doesnt work sit them out for a few games and if that doesnt work send them to the Marlies and let them ride the busses for a few weeks.
Jimmy, 2008-01-12 19:52:43

In my opinion the only way to get the incompetent leafs management to ice a contending team is to stop going to the games. If fans continue to fill the arena there is no incentive for them to change anything.

As the team is right now it has neither the talent nor the desire to win. It appears that even Tucker has given up. When the management could give a RAT'S A** about the team, why should the players care?

It also appears to me that players throughout the league(not just the leafs) just play hard when their contract is due. Once it is signed they just go through the motions. If this is true then all contracts should be completely based on performance. (eg) score 10 goals get some money, score 15 goals get some more money.For defense men base it on defensive stats. I know that is a little off topic, but it would sure put a fire under these players just taking up space on the bench.
Darren, 2008-01-12 10:58:09

whooo habs win, leafs lose whooo
chuck, 2008-01-11 21:23:03

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