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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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It's easy to see that fans and media writers are confused by the state of the Maple Leafs. They want heads to roll, but they don't really understand why. They just want the leafs to win and play well. Who doesn't want their team to win. There are 29 other teams in the league who want to win. The Leafs are really in a rebuilding mode, look at the youth on their roster. Shouldn't they be trying to rebuild only, instead of winning at the same time? Why trade for Toscola; (a very good goalie) if the price is draft picks. Why sign McCabe long term with so much young depth on the blue line. Kaberle is the guy to teach the up and comers. Look what Sundin's done with Ponikoroski and Andropov; he and the coaches turned them into NHLers, but if we can get a Jorden Staal for Mats, we should trade him. Kubina and Blake shouldn't be here. We should be playing the kids and understanding it takes 5 or 6 years to build a GREAT team from the draft. It takes the chemistry that is created from that type of team development to make a championship or dynasty. Why is everyone is such a hurry for mediocrity. Remember in 1990 the Leafs (Floyd Smith) traded away some youth in exchange for just enough talent to finish 3rd last instead of dead last. Finishing last would have landed the leafs Eric Lindros; if Smith hadn't traded the pick the year before. You can't win, and build a good team at the same time. I thought Toronto writers and fans were suppose to be knowledgeable. The mistake Ferguson has made; is not having the guts to stand up to you guys.
Doug Vasey, 2007-11-27 18:27:08

The fact of the matter is..I could build a team and win a cup in Toronto with the right finacial/contract man. I would have signed Blake in the off season as well, but to give up huge money contracts to guys like McCabe, Gill, Kubina and Tucker is ridiculous, not to mention trading the best goalie 20years old or under in the world and a first round pick for another backup!!It's mindboggling what management has done to this franchise!! What this team needs is a financial wizard/proven hockey man to take complete control of hockey operations and turn this thing around. It's too late for trades of any consequense. They have to bring in a proven gm who can evaluate talent both at the pro and minor pro level and a coach who can determine the strengths of this current lineup and play a system that brings out those strengths. It's time they stopped f#@%^*g around and do it right for once. I'm sick of seeing guys like Sullivan, Modin, Perrault,Rask,Dempsey,Roberts,Bohonos,J.Smith,etc. all go for a bag of pucks when all can see the talent they possess.Personally, I think replacing JFJ with a guy like Neil Smith and letting him do his thing without hassle is the only thing they can really do right now.
moligny, 2007-11-27 18:21:45

perhaps we need to all just "Drink some more chamomile tea to calm us down"?

When i heard Paul Maurice say that in the pre-season - i almost shat myself. It felt SOOO much like a BS line, that I wanted to smack him. Enough of telling the fans to relax and chill out. Heads SHOULD roll, starting with JFJ and Paul Maurice. They are way in over their heads. Once Paul Maurice is fired, then he can go off and drink his chamomile tea as much as he wants - in the chill and relaxed environment of his own home.
TS, 2007-11-27 18:11:24

Well, at 41 years of age, I did the unexpected, cancelled leaf TV. Why bother watching a bunch of dummies and oldtimers. Look around at other teams, younger players + small salaries = winning team.
Charlie, 2007-11-27 17:53:17

One problem with the Leafs

Richard Peddie enough said.

Dale
Dale Meier, 2007-11-27 17:36:31

just fold the team pleaseeeee
Moe, 2007-11-27 17:25:50

If Peddie and Tannenbaum are happy with a mediocre hockey team, what message does that send about their condos??
Norm, 2007-11-27 16:59:37

I have to ask why Richard Peddie is involved in the hiring process for the GM ? He was hired to run the business side of MLSE, nothing to do with the hockey side. Peddie admits to making a mistake hiring JFJ, so now he will be involved in hiring the next GM ? I dont get it at all, no wonder the organization is in the mess it is.

This is just a big pathetic joke of a hockey oragnization that is turning me off watching these stiffs go through the motions game after game.

Enough already! Trade for a real leader that will start making stiffs accountable. Oh yeah they had a great one in Gary Roberts but tried to lowball him on a contract so he left.

Luckily TSN shows 2 good teams on Wednesday nights so I dont have to watch this crappy style of hockey the Leafs play. Chip it out, dump it in. I see better team play in a pick up game !!!!!!


Dan, 2007-11-27 16:40:01

This is a sticky situation! I've been a Leaf fan for almost 55 years and have never been as frustrated as I've been this year. I think our coach is OK. He has to quite changing his lines around so much and he should go with Toskala until the guy can't play any more!!! He HAS TO QUIT this switching Raycroft and Toskala in the starting assignments because neither will get into any kind of a rhythm or get their confidence established.

I truly think that Fergie has to go. Certainly we have to get someone who can be given TOTAL authority to deal with the overall operation of the team; no interference from the boardroom, thank you! I don't know who that might be but recent suggestions of Gilmour, Francis, Messier, etc would be just another change that would see back where we are right now.

As it stands right now our season is down the tubes so why not make changes now; you never know if they're the right ones we might make the playoffs!!
Fast Eddie, 2007-11-27 15:42:53

If someone seriously thinks Quinn would cure anything, then I strongly recommend bringing back Wendell, Gilmour and heck, strap some skates on Sittler while you're at it. He scored 10 in a game and even if he's one-tenth as good as he used to be...

About the only name I've heard that could help the Leafs is Bowman, but Scottie is smarter than that. So I say let JFJ be and stop looking for instant cures. The need for quick fixes lead to Rask being traded. The illusion that the Leafs are good leads to the off-ice handwringing when they lose. Only the realization that the Leafs aren't good, won't be tomorrow and they have to rebuild, can help this team now
Rick W., 2007-11-27 15:11:41

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