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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 problem with the Maple Leafs as I see it is twofold. Primarily, the expectations that are placed on this team year after year do not allow the current management to exercise the remote possibility of rebuilding. Year after year, the media and fan base expect the Leafs to go out and sign big name free agents that will 'put the Leafs over the top'. Because of this, there is no potential for this team to pick up a few draft picks and minor leaguers for aging veterans. In fact, the Leafs have done exactly the opposite. They will trade away youth and picks for greybeards. All because of the expectations that the team will succeed.

That being said, (my second point) I feel the management of this team should exercise leadership and make the moves necessary for the longer term vision for the team. Case in point, at last years trading deadline, there were two big mistakes made by the Leafs - they didn't trade away Sundin and Tucker. I firmly believe that the only reason Sundin wasn't traded was because he was so close to overtaking Sittler on the goals/points list. Is this where the priority should be? While it is a feel good story and provided great media coverage in the early part of this season, it won't bring the Leafs closer to a cup. Will he be traded at this years deadline? Probably, but I feel it's a year too late. The same goes for Tucker. He is a decent player who plays with emotion every night and steps it up in the playoffs. But, they haven't made the playoffs in the past two years and will not again this year. Most of this goals last year were on the power play, standing by the side of the net. The asking price was very high for both of these players this past February and it was a missed opportunity by management to turn them into decent draft picks and maybe some good youth. But, that couldn't be done because it would have shown a weakness in basically throwing the towel in on the season.

Canadian fans are very passionate and want to see their team do well. There will always be the expectation to make a splash at the deadline, on July 1 or to not rebuild. Fair enough. Edmonton fans screamed when Smyth was traded away, but just look at that team. They have a lot more upside than the Leafs and will be a great team in a couple of years. In fact, Edmonton has 11 first round picks in their lineup with a bunch of kids. The same cannot be said for the Leafs.

The same Leafs defence that you see this year will be there again next year. Too many longer term contracts on just average guys. Clearly, someone needs to step it up and take charge of the team - one who can also handle the media

I am a long time Leafs fan and I was just telling my wife last night as I was watching the highlights of the game that it'll likely be another 40 years before they win the cup again, and if that happens, I'll likely have a heart attack immediately after and not be able to enjoy the moment.
Ken, 2007-10-24 12:25:56

A lot of the Leafs woes stem from their fans, but not in the way you might think. The problem might actually originate from the fact that Leafs fans are so intensely loyal, that they stick by their team through thick and thin (mostly thin.) As a result, I think Leafs management has learned, from the bad old Ballard days to the present, that the quality of the product they put on the ice (or lack thereof) does not affect revenues. Since Hockey is a business, ultimately the bottom line rules.

If Leafs Nation wants a better team, they need to communicate their displeasure to management.
Peter, 2007-10-24 12:15:39

whats wrong with the leaf well i think its the refs as to what is wrong and i have seen every game and the leafs to me the refs are against the leafs its hard to win when you have to play every team plusa the refs to
mike, 2007-10-24 12:02:00


are dumb greedy owners & management,ae well as a coach who plays mccabe as though he is really on the leaf's side? we know whose side mccabe is on & it's mccabes side!!!
nels skaalid, 2007-10-24 11:47:03

Fate and tradition! The Leafs will win the Stanley Cup when the "Lucifer's Den" will freeze. Get use to it.

Go Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Sens and Habs!
Sly, 2007-10-24 11:17:12


If thats the Leaf plan to get the second pick in the draft thats bad management.

The scouting department hasnt had a # 1 draft pick turn out to be a star since Wendel Clark. How many years ago was that ? I believe it was 1985.

So many Leaf # 1 picks turned out to be flops thats why this team is in such terrible shape.

Jimmy, 2007-10-24 11:14:41

The biggest problem are the owners. All they care about is lining there pockets with as much money as they can make.

At least half should be in the AHL. They are very thin at forward, defence is brutal.

Until there are big changes at the top things will stay the same with no real hockey people running things. The future doesnt look any better.

The Leaf organization is the laughing stock of the entire league. There isnt the passion like the Habs have of being competetive, being pround to be a member of their organization.

The Leafs need to fire everyone from the top down to JFJ. I think Maurice is a good coach but no one can get this group into the playoffs and be a contender.

Losing at home to Chicago and now Atlanta tells you how bad this team really is!
Jimmy, 2007-10-24 10:51:43

Jonathan Vezina, 2007-10-24 10:30:22

They show up to the game!
Peggi, 2007-10-24 10:26:49

Maybe they are just triing to the second pick of the first round in the drafts this year. Anyone think of that?
Dwain, 2007-10-24 10:17:06

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