Another win tonight, another 2 points that we don't need.
That seems to be the story the last few seasons for these Leafs teams.
Win meaningless games that cost us future great players and we end up
with possible 2nd line/2nd pairing talent instead of 1st line/top pairing talent.
After having a heated "discussion" with my father in law tonight (he's a Bruins fan..
it's been a rough year for me) it got me thinking: Just how big of a mess are the
You look at every team in the playoffs and they have 3 things:
#1 centre, #1 d-man, #1 goalie
Looking at the Leafs roster and the Marlies roster...we don't have even 1 of
Even if you look outside the playoff picture, almost every team has a #1 centre,
#1 goalie and #1 d-man either on their team or in the pipeline.
Sure, we can say guys like Kadri, Colborne and Biggs are "great prospects"...
but the fact is, they'll likely max out as 2nd liners (if that).
I turn 22 in July and I remember all the great years with Sundin, Cujo and Co.
and it seems like year after year it's just getting harder and harder to support
this team and stick up for this once proud organization.
If you look at the picture without "blue and white goggles on"..the picture looks
pretty bleak, does it not?
And please Leaf fans, don't tell me that Ross and Carrick are going to bring us
With the collapse of the leafs, I have no clue what Burke's team strategy is. Much of what he has said and promised - has been proven to be false. Aside from a question of Burke's credibility, who knows what Burke does now.
The leaf team he has put together is a disaster with gaping holes in goal, on defence and on the forwards.
Calgary, Columbus, Montreal are all in worse shape.
Tampa has very similar issues (good offense, poor defensive support and goaltending fail)
Islanders and Edmonton are two teams who can't seem to get out of the basement, but all signs indicate that they have a bright future ahead.
The Leafs demise is highly exaggerated, I would say Tampa has had an even more disappointing season overall. They went from Game 7 ECF to potentially bottom 5 in the league in the span of one season, with no significant roster turnover and even while having Stamkos score ~60goals -- pretty pathetic.
We are not in a that big of mess yet. However, if we don't make playoffs next year..........
This.....to people in this thread, we have a 1B defencman (phaneuf) we have guys coming back looking to make big contrubutions (schenn,gardiner,liles,franson all top 4 guys) and then a VERY steady defender in gunnerson. We need a goalie and a top 6 center with high end skill for kessel aka galchenyuk but also need a bonefide #1 goalie, aka luongo. Our D is fine but goalies and #1 center to being very close for the cup imo
Yes, they are. Calgary is giving them a run for their money but only Leaf fans would give them a standing ovation for missing the playoffs and after 3.5 yrs of building the team, they're as mediocre as ever.
Don't forget they're the team since the lockout with the longest playoff drought.
Calgary, Columbus, Carolina, and Edmonton all say hi. Minnesota's freefall was pretty much entirely injuries.
Really? Carolina and Edmonton say hi?
Maybe it's just me, but I would take Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner and Cam Ward or Hall, Eberle and RNH as the foundation of my team before I took Kessel, Grabovski and Phanuef...