The Star: Maple Leafs might be better off without a season
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11-18-2012, 10:52 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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I can't believe that you're serious. I'd rather make the playoffs 10 times out of 10 than pick high in the draft. It's just unbelievable the attitude here. People are just content with finishing low and picking high in the draft. Unbelievable. God forbid the Leafs make the playoffs and generate some excitement for the city. What a travesty that would be, eh?
But are you being realistic?
Reality suggests that at this time the Leafs are not a very good team. If you took the last 4 seasons and combined points (wins) etc you would see only Edmonton, NYI & Columbus have produced less.
Our Leafs and Columbus are separated by a mere 3 points over the course of the past 4 seasons combined. Some fans must see their own Leafs team other than the actual results show it really is, and the stats don't lie. We're (at this point) essentially the Canadian version of the Columbus Blue Jackets equivalent in competitiveness at present.
So we're not talking about a cup competitive team here, that fans want to deconstruct to gain high draft picks at the expense of success. This is a bottom 10 NHL team that fans simply want them to build up future assets through the draft process like more Morgan Rielly types now, while the team is in a down cycle in order to be cup competitive in the future.
Short-term pain for long-term gain, where mediocrity of being neither gains this team nothing.. While on principle fans might be desiring success instead of failure that can't simply be accomplished by desire and a bad team does not become a good team overnight, unless it has the talent on its team to compete with the best.
Signature: There is no greater demonstration of Fan patience then to suggest to "Play the Kids " and be willing to accept the consequences of those actions..
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