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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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Big time leaf fan in the heart of Ottawa, clean house

G.M.and all the dead head players now!!!!!
Miken, 2007-11-16 09:28:30

Darryl (after Sittler):

Well said!!!


Jake, 2007-11-16 09:01:29

I am still a fan of the team, my problem is as they say unfixable. Teachers Fund is involved with ownership, is it not? If so, they will never win! It's all about the $$$$ and Toronto is the most $$$$ making sports franchise out there in the sports world. I rest my case.
Keith, 2007-11-16 08:54:23

Its time to pull a Philly on the leafs. Pack it in, get rid of the waste, (McCabe, JFJ, Gill, etc.). Start now for next year. Ooh next year will be the Leafs year I know it. 40 years of next year, its enough, roll baby roll, run Fergi out of town!!!!!!!!!
Phil, 2007-11-16 08:51:17

The time is now to blow this up. JFJ has got to go. Although I'm not sure who would want to come here to take over this mess.
Adrian, 2007-11-16 07:26:31

You certainly hope so..but hope is an operative part of being a LEAF fan and look where 40 years of hoping has got us. :-( I say get rid of Ferguson and Maurice...
Duncan, 2007-11-16 07:21:27

Maple Leaf tickets $200

Parking $20

McCabe worthless......

Tlusty was moving quicker in his picture than was McCabe tonight. Look in the mirror guys and ask yourself did I do my best? 19 out of 20 should say no... If you have to ask who the 20th player that can say yes is you were not in the game.......
Eric M, 2007-11-16 07:12:23

Long time fan...even when I lived in Ottawa and bore the onslaught of slings from Sens fans. What can you say, they just can't get it together and as many have mentioned maybe a decline in attendance would make them perk up...but we all know that will never happen as large companies and coroporations by blocks of tickets for clients, employess etc and it's an annual thing. For those of us who are truly passionate about the game and the Leafs, we have to sit at home to catch a game or forfeit most of our monthly salary to attend a game!!!

I didn't agree with them getting rid of Tukka Rask as I was under the impression that JFJ was trying to utilize the up and comers. So what does he do? Pick up a goalie with questionable qualities. I'm not blaming Raycroft totally. As almost everyone has commented...McCabe!!! What the @#$%?!?! 7 million for a guy who plays no better than Ian White who makes how much? I just wish some team would take him and they could get someone half decent for him. He's a Leaf hater who got on the team and is making it his mission to sink them...but who am I kidding, he's not the only one.....

Time to rebuild with the youth and some new acquisistions from trades...stop trying to find that bag'o'bones player that you give up a good prospect over to try to squeak into the playoffs!!!!
jon, 2007-11-16 06:43:59

If this was any organization but the joke that is management for the Toronto Maple Leafs heads would certainly be rolling...most teams feel that in order to make an accurate assessment of where your team is usually take about 20 games..well we are there...and the verdict is..the Leafs stink...they have obviously tuned out the coach and the GM is trapped by ill advised contracts given to players that the team is stuck with for the next 3-4 years...ouch...time to bring in some real hockey talent to manage and coach...and to those who bash McCabe and say he is a terrible player...the problem in fact, is that he is in the wrong role in Toronto...on a Detroit for example he would be playing in the second pairing, on the PP and he would look a lot better...
Vince A., 2007-11-16 02:13:19

Let's get one thing straight: These guys play in the toughest hockey market on earth. With that said, it should be obvious that there is a lot of pressure on every member of this organization (apart from the brass that rake in the money.) We all sit at home, cheer and jeer, but we're not the ones that are faced with the rabid scrutiny that is hockey in Toronto. If you were, you'd know how much of a difference the pressure of your grip on your stick meant.

I would love to blame JFJ for his inability to affectively manage this team and I would love to harp on Maurice for his coaching effectiveness, but the fact of the matter remains that they have tried their best to make this club better. Could we do better? Sure, I guess... maybe... possibly, but it's a gamble.

Let's talk for a moment about gambling.

First off, every Leaf fan knows that we were in hot water when it came to goaltending last year. With Belfour on the edge of his geriatric clause, we needed to find someone that could stop pucks. Lest we forget, Raycroft WAS awarded the Calder... and after a bad season with the Bruins (who were WORSE than the Leafs at this point, and to no fault of Raycroft) it was a gamble that needed to be placed. Look at what happened when they pulled Thornton out of Boston!! Whether or not we should have handed over Raask is another argument. Pogge, our "savior" went on to have an awful season with the Marlies after an amazing stint with the national junior team remember. Be a GM for a second and juggle that whole idea. Who do you think is going to play better? If you're wrong, you're going to be under fire by everyone that bleeds blue and white -- most of which know absolutely nothing about the nature of this organization.

So, we had the #1 and #2 goaltending prospects in the WORLD... but what would that do us for our major league team? I dare say it would have landed us right where we are, no matter how fast we tried to make those guys grow up.

So, we grab Toskala, who proved to be a premier goaltender the season before (and to satisfy the thirst of the 'Leaf Nation'). No gamble, right?? WRONG. Welcome to Toronto... welcome to clutching your stick like you never have before.

The same goes for Blake. An offensive threat (to a degree) his entire career, and after a landmark 40 goal season, why WOULDN'T you try to land this guy?? Welcome to Toronto... 2 goals on roughly 90 shots. At least you're trying.

So, why don't we just harp on whoever we please at any given time? McCabe is having a brutal start to his season, but we all loved him when he was putting pucks in the net in the first half of the season last year, weren't we?! Now he's just a bum... a waste of $5+ Million a year. I'll put down money that he'll get praised if he scores 5 goals in his next 3 games!

It's our fickle and restless Toronto fan base that creates this whole illusion... an illusion so great that even the players themselves adapt the stigma. They already have to deal with the fact that it's been over 40 years since we've won a cup (it took the Rangers over 50, by the way), just don't forget that it took a long time for this club to effectively migrate from the Ballard era (and we ALMOST beat those Kings), but we still want to just throw our 2 cents in the bin like we have any idea what's going on. "Blah, blah, blah" is all I hear anymore. We're all great GMs, coaches, players, and refs from the comfort of our couch.

I dare say we should applaud our boys in blue and get behind them through this nasty stage. The true fans realize that we have a lot of talent on our team and that we're in a funk while our boys get their acts together. I bet if they heard more "GO LEAFS GO" (with passion) than jeers or silence, they'd play a hell of a lot better at home.

I do understand that us Leaf fans have pretty much assumed the "dumbest fans in the league" due to the years of torment, but don't let that make you clutch your stick too tight. We have a great team this year and it's only a matter of time before we start winning games... changes or not.

If you don't agree, then you're obviously smarter than I am.

Go, Leafs, Go!
Darryl (after Sittler), 2007-11-16 01:41:42

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