It's amazing that one of the most successful teams over the last 6 years can have fans that are so disappointed. I guess unlike Ottawa and Vancouver fans, we don't get satisfied with just having good regular seasons.
Yet they are the most profitable team in the NHL.. imagine that..
Not so, the most profitable NHL team is the Minnesota Wild according to Forbes Magazine.
"So the premium in the NHL is on cost control and smart management. Which is why the expansion Minnesota Wild, only in its fourth season, had an operating profit (earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation) of $20 million last season, the highest in the league." December 2003.
Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs are the strangest breed - they're not happy unless they're worrying or complaining about something.
And the team follows suit - scores 8 goals in Pittsburgh and grumbles.
Here are the Leafs, with a chance to win the NHL's toughest division, and better still, the conference as well, and who knows? The leafs could wind up winning the presidents trophy, and no matter where they finish, they could win the Stanley Cup, for cryin out loud, and their fans are ... crying out loud.
They won't sleep at night until Eddie Belfour's back problems are cured, or until a replacement is found. The trading deadline is March 9 and they think it's 9 o'clock... tomorrow.
Leaf fans won't eat properly until their team lands a shut-down, big-stud, plough-horse defenceman, or Sergei Gonchar, or both.
Toronto supporters are convinced their team will never be at full strength, and then they debate the merits of a full lineup.
They remember the playoffs of two years ago, when a suddenly-healthy Leaf team wasn't as good as the mash unit that brought honour to the blue and white. So there are complaining leaf fans who shudder at the thought of a team without injuries.
Hey, it used to be a team that lost 52 games for coach Dan Maloney (1984-85) - those were the days to shudder.