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09-25-2003, 06:17 AM
Join Date: Nov 2002
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Anyone saying the leafs are clearly not understanding the question...as many have stated before, they have great attendance, great regular season success and have had good playoff success for the last 5-7 seasons. As much as you hate them, they have been quite consistant and haven't misspent too much money on free agents.
Oh, with all the team success, they are also one of the/if not the most profitable team in the league...they did go out and buy a little franchise called the Raptors...
Now if only Vince Carter can play defense...
The Leafs, while they do make lots of money, can be considered a candidate for poor management, since they have made some poor decisions. They do not have the greatest drafting record, nor has their player development been strong. They're prospect system is getting re-stocked, but the lack of young players on their current roster doesn't bode well for their short term future. Their management structure seems to constantly be in dissarray, making it tough to make a case that they have a solid game plan. If improvements were made in any of these areas, they could have made more of a push for a cup in the last few years.
That being said, while I think the Leafs could be making more money, there are much worse candidates out there for the most poorly managed teams. Outside the big 4 teams (NJ, Dal, Col, Det), there are few teams that can match the Leafs playoff success over the last 5 or 6 years(to the dismay of Leaf-haters like myself), and they have done an excellent job of revenue management.
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