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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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jimmy, what is the point of repeatedly throwing those juvenile comments into the thread? OK, I believe by now we all know what you think of the Leafs, but childish comments like that "ringette" suggestion smack mostly of a schoolyard dispute, where repetitive terms like "suck" and "rule" conjure of pictures of a shouting, get-the-last-word- in, match to "win" your point.

But they do absolutely nothing to generate reasoned argument and opinions. Which is why, I suppose, letters to the editor along those same lines seldom, if ever, get published.
George O'Leary, 2008-02-04 12:10:30

What should the leafs do? Play ringette.
Jimmy, 2008-02-04 10:32:04

The question posed above "What about throwing in the towel on the season?" as regards the Leafs is obviously being viewed differently by Leaf Nation. Tonight, when they beat Ottawa - likely 5-2 or 5-3 with Emery getting yanked - hopes will be raised once again. But, kike that TV series Numbers, math tells us differently.

As of this moment (Montreal just beat the Islanders 4-1) the task faced by the teams in the Conference varies widely. In the "SouthLeast Division" it would appear that 88 points will likely be the top mark, and so whichever team gets to that level will be seeded third, while the rest will miss the playoffs. the % pace over the rest of the season to get there is as follows for each team - with their current pace shown in brackets: Carolina .571 (.519); Washington .583 (.510); Atlanta .607 (.500); Florida .638 (.481); Tampa .683 (.452).

The cut-off for the rest will likely again be 92 points as it has been the past two years. The pace needed by these teams are (again with their current % shown in brackets): Ottawa .400 (.654); Montreal .450 (.625); Philadelphia .484 (.610); Pittsburgh .516 (.588); NJ and Boston - .532 each; NYR .607 (.578); Buffalo .629 (.520); NYI .655 (.510); and Toronto .741 (.462).

Of the teams currently in the Top 8 only the Rangers need to elevate their play over the rest of the schedule - and not by much, just .070.

Those seeking to get there must see varying degrees of improvement, ranging from a low of .107 for Atlanta to a high of .279 for the Leafs. And they have to climb over 6 teams to get there.

So, for those holding out hope, give it up and look to the future.
George O'Leary, 2008-02-02 17:59:40

Well, let's face it. The way I see it,the leaf fans have a passion to win the way we used to. The problem is I don't see the new ownership with that same passion. The "win at all costs" is not there as long as the teacher pensions are safely earning thier Muskoka cottage property tax money. Championship Teams come from owners who spend the money where they can and not hide behind the salery cap to CHINCE OUT. There is no reason this team should not be throwing unlimited funds where they can......Mangement and scouting. Nuf said.
Ian, 2008-02-01 21:04:20

If Richard (step on the Peddle and go backwards)can mouth words to Cliff Fletcher during a press conference already, then the strings on the new puppet should be cut immediately and move in Bowman.
Dave, 2008-02-01 19:15:36

antropov is so slow you could sharpen his skates as he goes by
w mckay, 2008-02-01 14:57:42

get rid of the overpaid old men and get some fresh young players-nats has taken to kicking the puck in instead of shooting it
w mckay, 2008-02-01 14:53:34

Leafs should have hired Scotty Bowman and given him full authority to clean house.
Keith, 2008-02-01 12:03:26

OH NO just like predicted in my last contribution, changes the names the team is still the same. A circus is a circus. Changing the ring leader it is still a circus.

How to get the leafs in to the playoff's move them to the AHL. No that wont work either
Tdaaddman, 2008-02-01 11:17:30

The Leafs should clean house. They suck. Tucker and whiners like that aren't helping the team. Sundin doesn't appear to be as great as he once was. I say start with a clean slate or make some good trades. The bruiser mentality is over with the new rules so get used to it Toronto...
Gerry Madden, 2008-02-01 10:29:41

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