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06-02-2012, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Scion View Post
The only big different I see between the two teams (at this time last year) is Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers didn't have a #1 center prior to Richards, and Dion Phaneuf is no more a #1 defenceman than Ryan McDonagh or Marc Staal.
Right.... The only difference between the two teams is Lundqvist? The Leafs defense is garbage and they barely have the two-way forwards that the Rangers have. They were never remotely comparable, the Rangers skaters were far more complete going into this season than the Leafs were. If you want to claim that it was only Lundqvist that changed the disparity between the two teams, how come Martin Biron looked like a decent goalie for the majority of the year (career backup?

Dion Phaneuf is the most overrated player according to his peers and rightfully so with comments like the one you stated above. He is a defensive liability and was a big reason why the Leafs allowed the 2nd most goals in the league last season.

The Rangers youth played a large role in allowing the Rangers to take the next step. Following a successful AHL playoffs, the Leafs youth is expected to make a similar impact, albeit to a lesser extent.
According to who? The comparable team to the Leafs is maybe the team that is in the same province, the Ottawa Senators. They had a bunch of kids play and win the Calder Cup and made a successful transition the following year by making the playoffs and forcing the Rangers to game 7. Even with Ottawa, it's hard for them to compare with the Leafs since Karlsson and Spezza played like top 10 players this year, not to mention the abundance of scoring depth, veteran captain, balanced defense, young bottom 6 and adequate goaltending. The Leafs have a lot of deficiencies in their roster. Perhaps acquiring Luongo for spare parts will fix some of those problems.

I'm not suggesting that the Leafs will finish 1st in the Eastern Conference, as they do not presently have a Brad Richards and Henrik Lundqvist, or the means to acquire one, but they aren't as far off as some have suggested in this thread. The Leafs should legitimately compete for a playoff berth next season, they are not a lost cause...
According to who? They were the 3rd worst team in the EC and have not made the playoffs post lockout. Their roster is still up in air and there have been little to no improvements standings wise ever since Brian Burke took over.

And please don't mention Edmonton and competitive in the same sentence. Drafting 1st overall three years in a row is not competitive...
Edmonton will make the playoffs before the Leafs will IMO. They have an insane amount of young talent set up for the long run. What makes the Leafs any better than Edmonton?

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