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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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Bob Ashdown asks "how can the scouting staff be blamed when all the draft choices are dealt?" Which is, on the surface, seemingly a valid point. But just look at who they DID pick since 1995 and who went AFTER those picks:

1995 - Jeff Ware - taken 15th. After that Martin Biron went 16th, George Laraxque 31st, and Jochen Hecht 48th.

1996 - Marek Posmyk was taken 36th. After that Jan Bulis went 43rd. Toronto then chose Francis Larivee 50th, after which Zdeno Chara went 56th and Tom Poti 59th.

1997 - Jeff Farkas was picked 57th, following which Maxim Afinoganov went 69th and Joe Corvo 83rd.

1998 - with their highest pick in years they chose "Cement Skates" Antropov 10th. Alex Tanguay went 12th, Robyn Regehr 19th, Simon Gagne 22nd, Scott Gomez 27th, and Jonathan Cheechoo 29th. Toronto then picked Petr Svoboda 35th and after that Mike Fisher went 44th, Mike Ribeiro 45th, Brad Richards 64th, Eric Cole 71st and Brian Gionta 82nd.

1999 - the famed Luca Cereda was taken by the Leafs 24th. Two picks later Martin Havlat went to Ottawa and Jordan Leopold went 44th

2000 - the leafs took Brad Boyes 24th (and promptly traded him), after which Niklas Kronwall went 29th, and Ilya Bryzgalov 44th. Toronto then took Kris Vernarsky 51st, and missed out on Andreas Lilja (54th), Antoine Vermette (55th), and Paul Martin (62nd).

2001 - the Leafs took Carlo Colaiacovo 17th (not bad as no one knew of the health problems to come) - but Colby Armstrong went 21st, Adrian Foster 28th, and Derek Roy 32nd. Toronto then picked Karel Pilar 39th, following which Jason Pomminville went 55th and Peter Budaj 63rds.

2002 - Leafs take Alex Steen 24th - Cam Ward went 25th and Jarret Stoll 36th. Toronto then takes Stajan 57th and the next pick by Detroit was Jiri Hudler. Toronto then took Todd Ford 74th, after which Mathew Lombardi went 90th.

The jury is still out on the 2003 to 2007 picks, but do you expect to see John Doherty (taken 57th) in a Leafs uniform any time soon? Had they kept their first pick that year they had a shot at Zach Parise (17th), Ryan Getzlaf (19th), Mike Richard (24th), Brian Boyle (26th), Corey Perry (28th), and Patrick Eaves (29th).

No matter how you slice it, that's a pretty dismal series of recommended picks.
George O'Leary, 2007-10-31 14:50:32

Ever since Pat Quinn left town, this team has gone downhill. Bring him back both as GM and coach --- when he was in charge, guys like Tucker, Kaberle and McCabe were actually playing well.
Whoa, 2007-10-31 10:42:03

The problem with the Toronto Maple Leafs is that they are the Toronto Maple Leafs. Is the question even necessary? Let's see, they've allowed the most goals in the league..hmm..possibly a defensive problem? Just a thought..nah, it can't be. Not with defensive superstars like McCabe, Kubina,Kaberle and Gill on the blue line..and at such value for the amount of MONEY paid for them. lol. the Maple Leafs are the Chicago Cubs of hockey except they aren't lovable losers. they're just losers. Go Oilers Go.
Norbit, 2007-10-31 04:01:31

A big problem is MLSE since they will do nothing but hire hockey morons to run the team.

A good president hires a good GM.Since JFJ took over from Quinn all he has done is cost MLSE lots of money with his buyouts (Belfour & Domi) and injury settlments (Nolan)during the lock out. As for trades Rask (1st round) for Raycroft,O'neil for 2nd round pick, Perrault for 2nd round pick,Toscala for 1st and 2nd round pick.

Gave silly (expensive) contracts to McCabe,Kubina,Gill,Tucker which essentially makes them untradeable and ties down most of his salary cap.

Instead of trading his vets for picks or youth he trades away picks for vets so that they can make a run for the playoffs as an 8 seed.The leafs have missed the playoffs for 2 years and the future looks very dark with clueless JFJ steering the ship.
attilio, 2007-10-31 00:23:31

I have been a Leafs fan since I was a little kid. I've suffered through the Ballard era, fans wearing bags over their head, etc.

This team is so inconsistent and stinks up the place on a regular basis that for the first time I am opting to not watch them. There is just no pleasure in it. The great money machine called MLSE is mostly to blame. Profit is winning to this organization, period. I went to one Leafs game a couple of years ago only because a friend got me a free ticket. I wouldn't pay for one ever just to line the coffers of MLSE!
Ward Moroz, 2007-10-30 20:49:55

The Leafs biggest problem is themselves, they are imploding just as all those Sens fans said they would. Leafs suck, leafs suck, leafs suck.
Pete, 2007-10-30 20:46:23

You just wait until Carlo comes back. Then the Leafs will be once again Stanley Cup contenders. He is simply the best defencemen in the leauge. I for one have him penciled in for Norris Trophy winner.
Tounge in Cheek, 2007-10-30 20:32:37

Why would leaf fans write off their team? It's early in the year yet. I doubt that they will go far. I on the other hand would write them off. Looks like they need a total restructuring right from the top down to the very bottom. Next thing you know the Bettman is going to be forced to make a stipulation that teams can only have one star player, just so that the leafs can win a game.
Dwain, 2007-10-30 18:44:49

Let's get one thing straight....it's not the players' fault. They are not a team of superstars that are under-achieving. They are a team of overpaid mediocre & inferior talents.

Give them some credit. They DO usually try hard...and sometimes their work ethic will win the odd game. But Leaf Nation has to be realistic.....and vent their anger at the terrible, terrible general managers....past and present
Steverino, 2007-10-30 18:36:23

How can the scouting staff be blamed when all the draft choices are dealt? Definitely JFJ hasn't a clue and I'm starting to question Maurice. I saw the Atlanta game live and the slowness of Gill is unbelievable and guys like Kubina and Battaglia can't keep up. Stajan is as soft as ever. Toskala will be fine if anyone could play defense in front of him. The biggest mystery was the lack of hitting. Leafs are absolutely huge yet nary a hit gets thrown...guess you can't hit what you can't catch.
Bob Ashdown, 2007-10-30 17:29:44

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