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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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Yes, this Downie appears to be demented. He deliberately injures another player and then leaves the ice with a smirk on his face. Same stupid face when he hurt McAmmond.

you be right Geo, he will get it
Gustav, 2008-01-07 13:21:03

I agree with all of you about Downie. This was not the same Steve Downie who was the hero of the Canadian national junior team. It seems to be the guy who dropped the gloves against his own teammate in junior (Aliu) and now makes Sean Avery look like an angel
Ben TO, 2008-01-07 10:24:30

I think Kaberle might also fetch some nice futures - especially as he makes less than both Kubina and MacCabe. His recent problems stem more from trying to cover everyone else's gaffes. You have to think, too, that he might even bring more than Sundin as there will always be that suspicion that, whoever gets him, will likely figure he'd be around only for th short term.

I agree with the comments on Downie. That poke in the eye he gave poor little Blake has all the earmarks of a real chicken-s*^t. Someone along the lines of Laracque or McGrattan (if he ever plays) is going to take him apart one of these nights. I found myself openly cheering for the Leafs last night.
George O'Leary, 2008-01-06 15:22:55

One thing is certain, Sundin is the Leafs only marketable asset. This team is very close to hitting rock bottom. Hopefully when it happens they will completely clean house and get some experienced hockey management.

This team is an embarrassment to a great city. This team that does not want another NHL team in southern Ontario.

Ahhh greed on this scale, it is so unbecoming. It is the reason that this team sucks so badly.

Another NHL team in southern Ontario would be awesome and undoubtedly successful (with the right management)

The Leafs ownership are so short-sighted that they believe that it will hurt their bank account.

If they had any brains they would see that it will be beneficial.

But 40 years of failure is their claim to fame.

Goober, 2008-01-06 13:17:27

I take that back about Downie. This punk is a psycho. I got a feeling that his career in the NHL is going to be a short one.
Gustav, 2008-01-06 13:04:26

One thing Mats needs to do is stop smiling like the cat that swallowed the canary each time he scores a goal and, instead, save it for the end of the game if and when they win.

Regarding the journalists, in his column today Steve Simmons says: "A course in Fergie-nomics: Not long ago, the Leafs had a fourth line of Mark Bell, Darcy Tucker and Chad Kilger. Combined salary: $5.8 million. The average fourth line in hockey has a salary under $2 million." That speaks volumes right there.

But back to Sundin. It might make some obvious sense to deal him at the trade deadline and get back a bit of the future - but if Ferguson is going to be sacked the question is, would they allow him to make such a deal? If a trade does happen, everyone seems to think Detroit is his obvious destination - but even allowing for the reduction of his seasonal salary, they are so perilously close to the cap that making room will be a problem. Same with Anaheim. So where would Mats agree to go in order to have a chance to be on a winner? Maybe Calgary or San Jose. One thing is certain, the Leafs would never deal him to an eastern team.
George O'Leary, 2008-01-06 09:52:39

I read that our favourite, overpaid, over-rated Leaf, Darcy Tucker says that Ruutu is 6ft 4in and 240lbs.

I believe that is the size that Tucker also attributed to Chris Neil.

I guess that they all look like giants to the pukemeister.

Tucker should stick to giving cheap shots to U.S. college kids who have never fought before, like Patrick Eaves.

I look forward to Steve Downie pulverizing Tucker tonight.

Downie is a dirty little s.o.b. but tonight we cheer for him.

Ditto for Hatcher, a big dirty s.o.b. I reckon that he'll be chopping some serious wood tonight too.

ahhh ain't it great. We luv the Leafs....really we do

Gustav, 2008-01-05 13:14:42

I agree. sundin is between a rock and a hard place.

As for the talking-heads, they are pathetic ain't they? Yep 1st place Senators are very concerned about that juggernaut called THe Maple Leafs. If they are not paid by the Leafs they sure as hell want to be. Bunch of suck-ups.

In my opinion this team has over-achieved the past 2 years. it was a major surprise to everyone that they even came close to making the playoffs.

Teams below them in the standings, such as Washington & Tampa are stacked in comparison to the Leafs. Hence, next stop is the basement not the playoffs. Sorry mats

Goober, 2008-01-04 17:52:14

In all fairness to Sundin, there isn't much else he can say when those idiots keep shoving a mic under his nose and ask the same stupid questions over and over. Do they really expect him to say "I'm playing with a bunch of stiffs and want outta here?" But I agree. It's time he waived that no-trade clause and went somewhere where they can surround him with talent.

I think what drives me up the wall the most about the Leaf situation is not so much the team itself (the players and coaches that is - not management), as they are, I'm sure, doing their level best each time out. It's just clear to anyone with an ounce of pragmatism that they are, collectively, mediocre. And yet only Simmonds and Bob McCown seem to acknowledge this regularly. The rest - people like Hodge, Gross, Zeisburger, McKenzie, Kypreos, Watters et all - still think they have the talent to not only make the playoffs, but do some "damage" once they get there - especially if they finish 8th and Ottawa 1st then, according to that wise old guru Watters, Ottawa had better watch out. In the same breath these people dismiss teams like Phoenix, Florida, Atlanta, the Islanders, Boston, and even the Habs, each of whom sits ahead of Toronto, currently 25th out of 30 teams! They also regard as cannon fodder the teams right behind the Leafs. So the question is, why should viewers/listeners and readers believe anything these twits dish out under the guise of being "experts?"
George O'Leary, 2008-01-04 14:51:03

Just noticed the eye gouge attempt by Tucker. Such a competitor. Ferguson should be applauded for signing such a sparkplug.... and a sniper too..
Goober, 2008-01-04 10:53:30

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