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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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Leafs are an average team...Fans expect more..if they win 2 games in a row, someone is planning the Cup parade..if a player (McCabe) makes a mistake that costs the game..trade him...The media is entirely to blame for all the hype...as a long time Leaf & hockey fan, I'm just going to enjoy the games and hope they DON'T make the playoffs...so JFK and other top management, who are responsible for this mess can be fired...and we can move forward....I know, Leaf fans live in a dream world!!!!
marlyn, 2007-11-14 08:10:31

Nothing , there a mediorce team , with lots of overblown media hype and delusional fans.. 40 years and counting
sjw, 2007-11-14 07:43:05

Actually, Dave, 1969 was the last year Montreal was allowed to draft the first two French-Canadians, and those two last picks were Marc Tardif and Rejean Houle.

Guy Lafleur, for example, was drafted first, but only after Sam Pollock worked a couple of trades with the California-based teams to acquire the first pick overall.
George O'Leary, 2007-11-14 07:41:31

This is not about losing one game; the Leafs have not been in the playoffs for the last 2 years, and that makes them less than mediocre by definition, as 16 of 30 teams make it in. As much as ownership and management are the true root cause, we now have a team that has discipline and focus problems on top of our slow-footed and apparently slow-witted defense corps. Sundin has clearly stepped it up a notch, and we'd be lost without him, but it's clear to me that a sweeping change is the only cure for a team that is mired in a race for the middle of the conference as its goal. This once proud franchise will never win until it sets its goal as winning the cup, not making the playoffs.
Ron, 2007-11-14 05:32:06

What's wrong with the Leafs? How about the fans and the Toronto media? When the Leafs are win, everyone is positive. As soon as they lose one game (regardless of how well they actually play), everyone panics and starts pointing fingers at McCabe or whoever is the target that week. Who in their right mind would want to play hockey for Toronto?
Russ, 2007-11-13 23:06:39

Sure the Leafs have not won since 1967 ..but what about the other Canadian teams. Montreal got to pick the first 2 french Canadians players for the 50's 60's and 70's that helped them win the Cups in the 70' after that it was over ...then Edmonton had Gretzy then he left and it was over for them. All the other Cups where won by American teams with a few expections.
Dave, 2007-11-13 16:28:55

I think most informed fans can easily tell you that the Leafs lack defence. Add to that their lack of disciplin problems and you have a bad combination. That being said have you looked at the standings lately. The Leafs aren't the only team that have not shown a lot of consistancy. The league is where it needs to be, PARITY. Excluding the Sens and the Wings. Nobody is winning consistantly. On any given night any team has a relativly even chance of beating any other team. So, ya, the Leafs most certainly need to improve, but lets not put nails in the coffin just yet.
S.Parfitt, 2007-11-13 14:46:36

It starts at the top with the ownership. Then the management and scouting. The Leafs will never be a top level team with the teachers pension fund being a part owner. Its really a shame that one of the most storied franchises in all pro sports as been so bad for so many many years.
James, 2007-11-13 11:06:35

Justin Pogge may have been the Leafs "1st Pick" in 2004, but overall he was taken 90th after the team had traded away their first and second picks.

Carey Price was the Habs' 1st Pick in 2005 - 5th overall. Quite a difference and really, no comparison. Besides, goaltending is NOT the Leafs' biggest problem.

Some of the players the Leafs missed out on by having traded away their first two picks are: Kyle Chipchura, Wojtek Wolski, Andre Meszaros, Travis Zajac, and Johan Franzen.
George O'Leary, 2007-11-12 11:15:50

I agree with Gordon. Pogge needs more playing time in the AHL. He would be a nother Allan Bester / Ken Wregget rushed along just because he is a no. 1 pick. We all know how their careers turned out. Let him earn his time in the Leaf net by proving he can play at the NHL level, which he clearly isnt ready for as of yet.
Gary, 2007-11-11 14:11:42

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