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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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I think the easier question to ask is whats right with the leafs????
jim fra, 2007-11-08 12:16:37

Why are you guys still asking this question?? Is this going to last the whole season??? There is more than one Canadian team that is doing poorly. Is there nothing else to have a discussion about in the sporting world?
Dwain, 2007-11-08 11:58:11

What's wrong with the laughs (I mean leafs)...nothing at all, everything is working out the way it should be.

Go Sens Go
Mike, 2007-11-08 11:55:35

As a hockey "couch" pundit, in my opinion the leafs have 2 areas to improve short term and long term.

Short term is for Maurice to employ a system that works to the strength of this team, and currently I think the team is trying to define that strength. Statistically they can score, top 5 in the league. To address the defensive aspect in the short term, they may need to trade for "no name" positionally solid defence men. With the amount of money paid out to McCabe, Kubina this is really tying the leaf management hands (as potential trade bait but with high commanding salaries)

Second, the Leafs management need to work hard at identifying and grooming draft choices and youth. If Leaf management can identify a winning system (that Maurice is trying to define)they can possibly use that strategy to mold thier picks and draft choices..ie high scoring team? speed team? defensive team?

It's a tough call for leaf management, chicken before the egg? clearly a vision (ie Bryan Colangelo/raptors) is required so that entire organization can work towards a common goal..
John Doherty, 2007-11-08 11:53:52

No, George, I am not even trying to carry out an argument. I am expressing the opinion that fans of other teams should not be using forums like this (ones meant for Leaf fans) to slam the Leafs, and the city of Toronto, for that matter. For example, I don't go to the Ottawa Senators thread to bash their team or city (quite the opposite --- I love visiting the city of Ottawa), so why are they doing that on every Leaf topic?

As a Toronto resident, I am sick and tired of going elsewhere and then being villified from people I never met, just because I come from Canada's largest city, and happen to support its hockey team. What did we do to everyone else? We mind our own business here, and the worst offence we ever commit is go to opposing buildings and cheer for the Leafs. And by the way, we do that by spending our hard-earned money on the tickets, concessions, and hotels and support tourism in those Canadian cities --- we could easily be spending that money in Florida. And what gratitude do we get --- insults and unfound bitterness? Can you blame me for developing a "bigger is better" attitude when faced with this?

Fans of those other teams should just get a life and stop bashing the Leafs, particularly when they are down. I think that sounds intelligent enough, George.
Ben TO, 2007-11-08 10:54:12

Ben TO, it's clear you are incapable of carrying out an intelligent argument. Instead, you have to resort to the stale "we're bigger - therefore we're better" routine that sums up many (not all mind you, but many) posts that pour from the tiny minds of TO "fans." I don't think anyone can take you seriously.
George O'Leary, 2007-11-08 07:38:12

I've said it before and I'll say it again, although every aspect of Leaf management is weak, JFJ is the most vulnerable right now. Because he can't tell a good hockey player from a bad one he should have been fired long ago. I think the Leafs are destined to go 7-11 over their next 18 games at which point the season is over. JFJ will be canned and then there can be perhaps some hope. By the way, why don't the Leaf coaches show Vesa how to stop those shots aimed over his shoulders when he is on his knees? Or better still get him to stand up more. Wow does this team let in a lot of goals and the Vesa story right now looks like a repeat of Andy's story last year.
Ron, 2007-11-08 04:30:23

The Leafs biggest problem is to stick with the game plan, it's all about dicipline and commitment. In my opinion they have a pretty decent team, they just need to get their act together.
Barry WIgston, 2007-11-07 22:43:06

Everyone seems to think that by being one of the richest franchises, the Leafs should be able to put a winning team on the ice. It doesn't work that way.The off-ice personnel have to be better than your competition.(g.m., scouts etc)Every good team that is consistently putting a better than average team on the ice court or field have great people off the ice.
Steve, 2007-11-07 15:37:20

What the heck are Oilers, Habs and Sens fans doing in any forum regarding the Leafs? Oh wait, I forgot, they have nothing else to do in those cities except follow the NHL (where as we have *everything* to do and see in TO). The Leafs are a bottom feeding team now, just as all you people wished when the Leafs were beating the snot out of your teams several years ago. So leave the Leafs alone and pick on another team --- how about those Atlanta Thrashers??!!?
Ben TO, 2007-11-07 14:30:01

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