Leafs should tank this season
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02-06-2006, 02:42 PM
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The Leafs were on pace for a 100-point season only after their 6-game win streak, which most knowledgable fans realized was a total mirage. That pace lasted...well, until the next game, which began the 8-game losing streak.
The Leafs are not, and were never, really a 100-point quality team with McCabe in the lineup. Before they beat the struggling Pens and Devils twice each, their record was within a few games of .500 the whole season, just like it is right now. Just like it will be the rest of the way. McCabe was there the whole time we were piling up that mediocre record. He was in the lineup for the last two games, in which the team played abysmally save for the first half of period 1 against the Devils. What is your response? You conveniently didn't get to see those games. Wow, colour me surprised...
Additionally, a record of 25-15-5 actually means you have LOST 20 games. Just thought you should remember that. You might get 5 more points, but they are for LOSING. Let me repeat that for emphasis...they are LOSER points.
Thirdly, you are piling an awful lot of weight re: McCabe's importance on a statistically insignificant portion of the season(less than 10%). You are also, as we have argued before, TOTALLY ignoring everything else that went wrong with the team during that period in order to continue your McCabe crusade.
You have to realize that there is more than numbers to hockey. As the Leafs continue to drop out of the playoff race in the next month, you will have plenty of opportunity to realize how wrong you are about this team.
Bottom line is that the Leafs are a much, much better hockey team with Bryan McCabe in the lineup than without him. Do you disagree with that?
Leaf fans can be strange at times. We're having a subpar year so some people want to criticize one of the few players we have that's actually playing like a top player.
If you're looking to blame players for the season the Leafs are having, McCabe should be at the very bottom of the list. I can think of about 20 other guys who are more to blame then McCabe.
In fact, despite all the doom and gloom, the Leafs are still a playoff (ie above average) NHL team. They largely have McCabe (and Kaberle) to thank for that. Without them they wouldn't even be in contention for a playoff spot.
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