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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 love the last line in this topic "Is it time to blow up the Maple Leafs lineup, and make a run next season?". In what other sports city would blowing up a team one year meant that the team can seriously contend the next? Let's be serious and realistic here: IF (all caps intended), IF the Leafs blow up this year and begin to rebuild, it will be a few seasons before they can "...make a run".
Steve, 2008-01-11 08:52:38

Yeah it's time to blow up the leafs and Jimmy the American Idiot too.
Pat Mycrotch, 2008-01-11 08:50:52

I blame Tlusty.
blue, 2008-01-11 03:07:01

By George, at least those teams have made the Stanley Cup finals (Hawks, North Stars, Sabres, Canucks et al) where as the Laughs have had but one brief sniff or two of even coming close to making the Stanley Cup finals since 67.

Laughable, 2008-01-10 23:34:31

Evident in many of the comments submitted by frustrated Leaf fans on this thread to date is the notion that, somehow, they stand alone in their misery over having gone so long without a Stanley Cup.

Well, hold on a second. The Chicago Black Hawks' last win will have come 47 years ago this year (and they won't win again), and both the L.A. Kings and St. Louis Blues have gone 40 years each without a winner.

The California Golden Seals won nothing from 1967 to 1976, moved briefly to Cleveland where they failed for two more years, and finally merged in 1978 with the Minnesota North Stars - themselves cupless to that point since joining the league for the 1967-68 season. And, when they moved to Dallas in 1993 they were still without a winner. Minnesota fans then got a new team in 2000, but all told the fans there have now gone winless over some 33 years. If neither Buffalo nor Vancouver win this season, it will be 38 years for both.

In the NBA, NFL, and Major League Baseballs there are teams that have gone considerably longer without boasting a championship.

So, why is there this simmering culture of entitlement in Toronto that implies that Leaf fans should not have to endure similar misery? Winning regularly when there were six teams was one thing. It's an entirely different proposition now with 29 competing franchises.

Having said that, I can understand the desire to get better - be competitive - but face it, that is going to be a long, long haul considering where they are starting from. All the talk of getting rid of the obvious deadwood is fine and dandy - but does anyone really believe that there are teams out there ready to take on, not only the weaknesses of the individuals, but their bloated salaries as well? By giving up their own futures? Why would they? If these guys can't make Toronto better, why would they suddenly turn things around with another team?

One possible way out if to obtain waivers on some of them, as Chicago did with Samsonov, in the hope that someone may grab them for half their salaries. But then again, Samsonov wasn't making what some of these duds are. I see at least four more years in the wilderness, even with a Scotty Bowman. And I'm sure Bowman, soon to be 75 years of age, sees the same thing.
George O'Leary, 2008-01-10 19:59:44

Scotty Bowman is without a doubt right person to give the reins to. He is a proven winner. If the Leafs management want a winning team, there will be a lot of dead wood to move. Clean house but do it right.

Trading Sundin to a Cup contender is the honorable thing to do. Get some quality draft picks plus a player or two that has potential. Sundin has more heart than most players in the NHL but lets face it... he won't be playing at the elite level forever. Give him the chance to add a Cup ring to his Olympic Gold. Detroit... what are you waiting for? Sundin will look good sporting #13 in red and white. The blue and white is history.
Dave, 2008-01-10 18:13:25

First and foremost the Leaf ownership (such as they are) should get rid of both Ferguson & Maurice immediately! Then follow that up by getting rid of players(??) such as McCabe,Kubina,Gill,Pohl,Ponikarovsky,Blake,Coliachivo(?)Raycroft etc; IF there are any takers! I'd hate to see Sundin go,but, if there's a good chance he can be re-signed after July 1st, it would be nice to see him get a legitimate shot at a Stanley Cup ring.

I've been a Leaf fan for many a year (guess that shows the state of my mentality)and this edition of the Leafs is totally inept and a disgrace. It's a theme that has recurred year after year with the very odd little 'blurp'! I really wonder what the hell planet the Leaf ownership thinks they live on. One could think that they believe they're in first place! Disgusting!!
Bill Mitchell, 2008-01-10 17:05:47

Blow 'em that they've finally become funny enough to watch on HNIC every Saturday night?? I hope not !Especially this year,when our national broadcaster's premier announcer,Bob Cole,has managed to remember most of the leafs' players' names.It won't really matter, as to whom you stick the "maple leaf" on,the leafs will remain what they are,: the joke of canadian hockey.Besides....why confuse poor old Bob even more?
Losers-since-'67, 2008-01-10 16:56:27

Just do it!

They need to have a firesale and get rid of the entire roster... I mean EVERYONE (management et al). Take draft picks for any player, fire management and then start from nothing. Get some real hockey people in there and start from zero. Don't worry about the profits pension people 'cuz Leaf fans are dumb enough to support whatever happens. Given a big speech about how the team will rebuild, fans will buy it hook, line, and sinker. Also starting from scratch and hiring cheaper more efficient players == more profit! No one should be kept... even toskala... just wipe it all clean. I've never seen such a heartless group and it all starts with Sundin.
D.O.A., 2008-01-10 16:55:35

Jim Fra:

Yea, I suppose that is why all of your good hockey players on those Western Canadian NHL teams either come from Ontario, Quebec or Europe (Luongo, Torres, etc.) And I suppose the same part of Canada "where the men are men and the boys play without whining or drama" is the same place that championed the career of a guy name Todd who disgraced the NHL by headhunting Steve Moore. Like, Whatever! We are not perfect out here in Ontario, but don't pretend your NHL teams are any better.

Ben TO, 2008-01-10 16:41:55

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