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Can the Leafs reel in the last playoff spot?
Sat, March 22, 2008

The Leafs lose the easy ones but win the tough ones.

After shedding three players at the NHL trade deadline, the Leafs have 20 games to close the gap on 8th place in the East, but will need some help.

Can the Leafs perform the improbable and reel in a playoff spot?



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Chris, wasn't it 'ol Patty who, when GM, made a habit of trading away the future for old crocks? Making the playoffs when you could spend like a drunken sailor was one thing - especially for a team with deep pockets like the Leafs were at that time (and still are, come to think of it). But it's a whole different ball game under the cap and I doubt if 'ol Patty would be any more astute at where to spend and who on than JFJ.

When Dryden was part of the team he wanted to bring Bob Gainey on board as GM, but was rebuffed - and was barely on speaking terms with Quinn, who didn't like the idea, after that.
George O'Leary, 2008-03-05 14:14:24

Funny; I seem to recall this question during the first couple weeks of the year. Now as then the Make Beliefs cannot muster anything.

The leafs are a bad joke and will not make the payoffs for many years let alone win a cup.

Nice that a bunch of leaf nuts will keep buying overpriced tickets to watch the opposition get their two points.
Hammertime, 2008-03-05 14:10:14

Maybe in Paul Maurice's dreams.... this farce has been going on for 3 years now. Ferguson should never have been hired, Pat Quinn should have stayed on as GM... period. I'll bet 'ol Patty is sitting back saying "I told you so". I know if they would have kept him on, they would not have missed the playoffs even twice in a row!
Chris, 2008-03-05 13:29:13

Wait while I catch my breath from leafing sorry laughing, playoffs hahahaha good one

you should just save this thread of discussion, rerun it next year and save everyone time and effort.

Playoffs the laughs couldn't make the playoffs on xbox
tdaaddman, 2008-03-05 11:12:28

Thw leafs will not make the playoffs as long as they keep playing kubina is he on for every goal against? He was on for 3 against last nite maybe 4 not sure their lousy heartless play was putting me to sleep. zzzzz
rob allen, 2008-03-05 10:05:30

Of course the leafs are done!!!! why doesn't the NHL do everyone a favour and re-locate the leafs to Hamilton, maybe the fans of hamilton won't be like lambs led to slaughter every year. The fans in Hamilton might actually demand change and speak up, Tucker the sucker has to go! Of course Sundin doesn't want to be traded on another team he might actually have to break a sweat and get a bit dirty in the corners, someone tell Mats hockey is a contact sport!!!!!
jimf, 2008-03-05 10:04:43

Until last night's loss to NJ the optimists were pointing to the 5 games played after the 5-1 hammering by Buffalo where they won 4 and lost one in a SO as an indicator that maybe, just maybe, they could put it all together and make a run at the playoffs.

But they do that every year at this time, and when you consider that 3 of the 4 wins (and the SO loss) were against teams, like themselves, on the outside looking in, it falls into perspective.

As for that win over Ottawa - everybody and his aunt has been beating on them for the past while, That was certainly no measuring stick. Satisfaction for beleaguered Leaf fans perhaps, but no indicator of the reality they face.

Further back in this thread Trev wrote "they will finish 10th, maybe 9th if they are lucky." In this case, they'd be "luckier" to finish 14th because 9th will put them back into the 17th draft spot (or thereabouts) and there are no Stamkos available at that pick.
George O'Leary, 2008-03-05 09:29:27

The leafs are a joke and always will be.Sundin had his chance to move on so that makes him a bigger joke.
Geoff, 2008-03-05 09:27:08

It's to their benefit to be in last place!! Then we can at least get some decent draft picks. They know if they even make the playoffs they will be embarrassed when they get there!
Ed Cabral, 2008-03-05 08:55:28

Another last ditch effort to make the playoffs. Why didn't they put more effort in earlier in the season?

Anyway, the Maple Leafs won't make the playoffs. Let's hope they don't screw up the draft pick.
gordholio, 2008-03-05 06:16:36

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