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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 BIGGEST problem is the nature of the structure of the organiization. We need one or a small group of owners whose true priority is a championship and not the current focus which is nothing but their return on capitol.
Paul, 2007-10-25 11:47:46

Youth and speed, youth and speed. Hello, hello. Youth and speed.

A good part of the problem is a significant investment in contracts for average players e.g. McCabe - large, long contracts should only go to genuine super stars. The majority of the bench should be young players from, wait for it - THE FARM SYSTEM.
Jeff Greensmith, 2007-10-25 11:44:23

Christopher

I too think Burns would help, not in making the team better but definitely in making it look better. Burns has always made a team overachieve but they would plateau and he had difficulty getting them over the hump to win anything. They would start to tune him out. Witness Montreal that only won a cup a year after Burns was booted.

Rather than stirring the troops to get 8th spot, I'd rather the Leafs dumped Sundin, McCabe, Tucker and whoever for some young prospects, sucked it up and finished low in the standings like they were meant to and spent their efforts on making good on their draft pick. Maybe they'd have a Kane, Price or Malkin in the system
Rick W., 2007-10-25 09:33:33

leafs biggest problem , John Ferguson
greg berglund, 2007-10-25 01:50:47

Firing everyone in management is not going to cure what ails the buds. I thought the ghost of Ballard was left at MLG. The Leafs need to bring in more youth at every opportunity and build on what they have.

Sundin is the greatest hockey player on the planet!!
frank lepine, 2007-10-25 01:02:24

management, management, management. Ferguson has no clue. He should be let go immediately. No, make that yesterday. Pat Quinn was` a useless tool also. He brought in recycled geezers like roberts,green, lindros & nolan and pathetic players like Tucker & McCabe.

You think that the Leafs are bad now? when sundin is gone they will really, really stink.
Steverino, 2007-10-24 20:20:18

I don't know what John Ferguson has on the Leaf ownership, but it certainly must be something, otherwise why would they put up with him for so long? He may be a great guy but he's sure not a general manager! Toronto should have stuck with Pat Quinn additionally. I don't feel Paul Maurice is the type of coach Toronto needs. He changes lines every game and sometimes several times in a game. No wonder the players can't get any kind of rhythm going.

Also, get rid of McCabe and Kubina!
Bill Mitchell, 2007-10-24 19:11:45

After slogging through the responses so far, I have to change my mind to some degree and go along partially with the contention that the fans are at fault. Along with the media.

The reason I say this is because of the belief that, since this is the self-proclaimed (and I stress self-proclaimed) "mecca of hockey" that somehow having an annual contender should be automatic. Which, of course, is ridiculous.

But it emanates from the mouths of the media in Toronto, and is therefore latched onto by the fans, that somehow this team, starting out each season, is better than the sum of all its parts. Bob McKenzie sits there like some wise guru telling us the weaknesses and strengths of the various teams, including how bad Phoenix and the Islanders are going to be with their weak D and lack of scoring - and then ruins all credibility by saying flatly that "the Leafs will make the playoffs." So too does Cherry on HNIC. Based on what? Surely they don't believe that the Toronto D and average goaltending can propel them much higher than .500 for the season. It has to be wishful thinking, and a desperate, desperate desire to have something to crow about regarding the "home" team. Because, make no mistake, they are all homers. McKenzie, Cherry, McLean, Hodge, Duthie, LeBrun, Cole, Kypreos - all of them.

And that sort of homer analysis at the outset of each season - as opposed to pragmatic assessment such as we get from Simmons and McCown, is just irresponsible because the fans lap it up. "If they say so, it must be true" becomes the mantra. And expectations are therefore way out of whack when the first puck drops.

Toronto is no more "entitled" to an annual contender than is Chicago or Phoenix.
George O'Leary, 2007-10-24 16:16:46

I believe it's time for a group of people or one person with deep pockets to buy the team and say goodbye to there main problem THE ONTARIO TEACHERS PENSION FUND. For all they want is to make the money and to hell with the team. Then next say goodbye to Pettie, Ferguson Jr. and Maurice and the rest of the coaching staff. Then bring in a new President, General Manager, Coach and staff who can get results from the players and if not then get rid of the bad seeds (players who forget how to play the game when they come to the Leafs) and find some players who can play and get the results needed. I know it sounds easy than done but it's a start.
Michael Schwerdtfeger, 2007-10-24 16:04:22

Quite simply, this team lacks discipline and work ethic. They have tuned coach Maurice out. The penalties, blowing leads, inconsistent play...this falls on Maurice. This is the coach's job. Why 10 games into the season is their finally a consequence for the lack of discipline ?(Ponikarovsky's second period benching after an ill advised penalty).

The team, like last year, lacks character. Like last year, they will miss the playoffs. Unlike last year, they gave the points away right off the bat in the first 10 games. Undisciplined and inconsistent. Need a new sheriff in town folks.
Frank, 2007-10-24 15:41:13

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