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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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The leafs are a dissapointing and frustrating team however I think Vesa Toskala is a decent goalie. i also think if the leafs played a little bit of defence in front of him they might win a couple games. Raycroft is a waste of space, he has no confidence in his game. theyre paying mccabe 7 million a year to score in his own net, not to mention the fact that he dosent seem to know what the word defense even means. The main problem is definatly management, John Ferguson should be tared and feathered and dragged through the streets, ownership is another huge problem, the ontario teachers union owns shares of the leafs, do you think they care if the leafs win or lose? Paul Maurice dosent seem to have any controll over his team, he should probably be fired as well. on the bright side sundin is havening another good year and it looks like antropov is finnally developing into a decent power forward. as for a stanley cup anytime in the near future.......not a chance!!!
John, 2007-10-30 15:31:49

Is it possible to see feedback here without the moronic "Leafs suck" and "GO SENS GO" add-ons?

This is, basically, a .500 team in a league where being half-good isn't enough. They will win here and there where you least expect it (don't be so certain of an Ottawa win next Tuesday), thereby raising the hopes of the faithful (as they did last season - remember that 5-0 shellacking of the Sens in the second game of the season?), and they will lose a number where a 100% effort should produce a win.

That's the way it is with inconsistent players and this bunch is nothing else if not inconsistent. From the goaltending out.

No amount of firings and trades (even assuming they can deal those bloated contracts) will turn them around in less than 4 years. That's the brutal reality. Of course, by retaining the current ownership and management the futility could go on a lot longer than 4 years. Make changes now, including the entire scouting staff which has to be among the worst in the league. Live with the results on ice until those contracts expire or can be dumped. Then maybe, in 4 years, the long-suffering Leaf Nation will start to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Don't make changes and that light will be an oncoming train.
George O'Leary, 2007-10-30 13:07:40

Based on last night's dismal performance, the Leafs probably could have replaced the defence with road cones, the goalie with a "shooter-tutor" and the forwards with AHL call-ups and the out-come may not have been as one-sided. Unfortunately for Leaf fans, the only they'll see the Stanley Cup in Toronto this year is by visiting the Hall of Fame.

The problem with the Leafs is that MLSE and associates are more interested in margins of profit and productive quarterly results than they are in productive scoring lines or margins of victory.

Loyalty cuts both ways, and fans who invest in their team are getting screwed by ownership that won't invest in them by putting a winning product on the ice.


Will, 2007-10-30 12:54:20

FRAGILE??!!

Yes the word fragile is now in vogue to describe a hockey team...a PRO hockey team!! To date the Leaf's have been called fragile twice on television (HNIC did it!) and now the captain!?

Unbelievable!!

I have played AAA and Jr. A, and have coached elite players and not once in 40 years (there's that number 40 again) has that word ever entered my mind. Is this right? Are we all that soft?

"Here's a trophy son, thanks for coming out."

I prefer the old days; Get off your a#$ and get out there and WIN the battle for the puck!! Goddammit, stop with the girly stuff!!

Have some pride, man!

Unreal.

Fragile, my a#$!!!!
Coach Gary, 2007-10-30 12:38:38

They might as well book a full slate of concerts, circus acts, and other events in the ACC somewhere around the end of April because there definitely won't be any hockey to watch......wait a minute....there isn't any hockey to watch now.
MAC, 2007-10-30 11:50:52

our leaf players get paid win or lose, why not pay them based on the score, goals for & against!

like last night's debacle, they would get 1/7th of 100% of thier contract!

like if they win a game they would get 100% of thier contract!

right now they are like the owners, they get all the money win or lose!so in hockey parlance losing is winning! when clearly losing really should be losing!!!

our leafs are fat and contented cats who can't get it up for every game, but must be paid full salary when they stink out the house!

were is the fairness in this nhl hockey world? why must the fans suffer through this mess all winter long?

wake up fans and stop paying these idiots for disapointing us, every second game on average!!!
nels skaalid, 2007-10-30 11:23:17

hey toady

great game last night, 7 - 1 pounding from washington, a team that didnt make the playoffs last year either.


Jimmy, 2007-10-30 09:45:08

INEPTNESS, plain and simple. Fergison doesn't have clue about hockey, management doesn't care as long as the $$$$$$$ keep flowing. All the players are soft, slow and don't give a crap.

This from a true blue and white fan.

We must unite to fight Fergi and the rest of the management.

Phil


Phil, 2007-10-30 09:22:47

Imagine if McCabe were in the line-up...the Caps would have reached double digits forsure.

Oh well, get ready for another beating next Tuesaday in Ottawa
Mike, 2007-10-30 08:43:18

One of the Leafs' biggest problems is that there are other teams in the league. If, say, 25 of the best teams could be removed from the league, and the rules were changed allowing the Leafs to qualify for the playoffs by playing junior teams from Australia, then they might give fans some hope for a Cup.

Seriously, seeing how many different teams have won the Cup since 1967, both expansion and original six (remember, Detroit had some awful years) there is no excusing the Leafs failure to compete. This is a weakness in management/ownership. The fact that the Leafs can play defensively for a couple of games and then get butchered a night later rests with the players. I will accept half the price of their cheapest player to play, and I'm younger than grandfather Gordie Howe who was scoring on them while he played for Hartford.
Steve, 2007-10-30 08:41:50

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