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08-06-2009, 08:48 AM
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Favourite and least favourite Leaf teams of the last 20 years?

Favourite:

The 1998-99 team, the first legitimately good team of the Sundin era. This team really came outta nowhere and made a deep playoff run. The entire team was overhauled from the short and forgettable reign of the Mike Murphy coached teams of the late 90's. Going into the season you didn't know what to expect from this team. The league moved the Leafs to the newly minted Eastern Conference's Northeast Division. We had a new coach, new GM, new franchise goaltender, an overhauled lineup, new offensive system and of course we closed Maple Leaf Gardens and opened the Air Canada Centre. A really exciting team to watch; I believe we led the league in scoring for the year.

Notable players: Frederick Modin - lauded for his hard but inaccurate shot, Jason Smith (now captain of the Oilers) one of the few defensive stoppers on the Leafs. Unfortunately Quinn never saw his potential and put him on waivers. Steve Thomas, pretty much revived his career while playing with Sundin. Lonny Bohonos, unlikely playoff hero in the Pittsburgh series. Steve Sullivan, completely under appreciated throughout the season.

Least Favourite:

The 1996-97 Leafs. Truly horrible defensive team that forced Felix Potvin to face the most shots in NHL history up until that point. It was the end of the Gilmour era as we traded him to New Jersey.

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Least Favorite: 2007-2008 - A bunch of underacheiving losers lead by the Muskoka 5.

Favorite: 1998-1999 - Have to agree with you here. Best playoffs since the 93 series. and CUJO! Philly and PIT series were epic. Maybe this year can be a 1998??

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93 cup run with Clark
2002-to the day he bought out (crappy, washed up, diver)

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Least Favorite: 2007-2008 - A bunch of underacheiving losers lead by the Muskoka 5.

Favorite: 1998-1999 - Have to agree with you here. Best playoffs since the 93 series. and CUJO! Philly and PIT series were epic. Maybe this year can be a 1998??
This basically sums up how I feel. Loved Thomas! So clutch.

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08-06-2009, 11:16 AM
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Least Favourite Squad: 1997-98
This was a really depressing season. We made no major improvements over the season before and missed the playoffs. We also saw a significant decline in the play of Felix Potvin, who would be traded to New York in the next season. You know something is wrong when your top scorers behind Mats Sundin are Derek King and Mike Johnson.

On the plus side, it spelled the end of Mike Murphy, and kickstarted the Pat Quinn era.

Favourite Squad: 2001-02

We had an identity as a tough team of veterans... the same style of team that won the cup in 1967. We made it to the conference finals, but got beat by Paul Maurice's Hurricanes.

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The 92-93 Leaf team is a close second to the 98-99 one for me. The thing that puts the '98 team over the top is that it kick started a run of years where the Leafs were legit contenders. I never understood why management during that period never tried to get a second bona-fide superstar to go along with Sundin. Those teams were an elite player or two away from making a finals.

The '92 team was basically a flash in the pan team that lasted two good seasons. By 1994-95, it was pretty clear that that team was going to have to rebuild.

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The 92-93 Leaf team is a close second to the 98-99 one for me. The thing that puts the '98 team over the top is that it kick started a run of years where the Leafs were legit contenders. I never understood why management during that period never tried to get a second bona-fide superstar to go along with Sundin. Those teams were an elite player or two away from making a finals.

The '92 team was basically a flash in the pan team that lasted two good seasons. By 1994-95, it was pretty clear that that team was going to have to rebuild.
They did try. Came close with Lindros and Rob Blake. Most of the "available" stars were aging and we had success with them too. Mogilny, Belfour, Cujo all come to mind.

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Favourite:

The 1998-99 team, the first legitimately good team of the Sundin era. This team really came outta nowhere and made a deep playoff run. The entire team was overhauled from the short and forgettable reign of the Mike Murphy coached teams of the late 90's. Going into the season you didn't know what to expect from this team. The league moved the Leafs to the newly minted Eastern Conference's Northeast Division. We had a new coach, new GM, new franchise goaltender, an overhauled lineup, new offensive system and of course we closed Maple Leaf Gardens and opened the Air Canada Centre. A really exciting team to watch; I believe we led the league in scoring for the year.

Notable players: Frederick Modin - lauded for his hard but inaccurate shot, Jason Smith (now captain of the Oilers) one of the few defensive stoppers on the Leafs. Unfortunately Quinn never saw his potential and put him on waivers. Steve Thomas, pretty much revived his career while playing with Sundin. Lonny Bohonos, unlikely playoff hero in the Pittsburgh series. Steve Sullivan, completely under appreciated throughout the season.

Least Favourite:

The 1996-97 Leafs. Truly horrible defensive team that forced Felix Potvin to face the most shots in NHL history up until that point. It was the end of the Gilmour era as we traded him to New Jersey.
I believe you are a few years late with Jason Smith. But.

I loved the 2002 and 2004 teams. I really hated this years team with players like Stemps and Blake, even though Kulemin and Schenn were there. The first year with no Sundin does not help the cause either.

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I was pretty fond of the 2002 team. They were very gritty and battled through a ton of injuries just to get to the Conference Finals.

Least favourite: probably the 2006-07 Leafs team.

On a sidenote it's so nice to have players I actually like playing for this team again.

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Favourites: the two great Gilmour teams 92/93, 93/94.

Least: The teams coached by Murphy. Real snoozefests.

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Favourite: Potvin + Sundin + Gilmore + Clark = Awesome


Potvin is still my favourite player to day


Least: Raycroft in net, pretty much. Aki Berg too

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Favourites:

92-93, 93-94, 98-99, 01-02

Those seasons we made it to the conference finals are the most exciting in my mind, the Early 90's was terrific given the teams we had in the late 80's. The post Burns era was depressing, then with a Quinn and Cujo on board we saw an immidiate impact which was a close 2nd to the early 90's group as my favourites.

Least favourite.

JFJ ERA!!!!

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Favourite was definitely 92-93. After missing the playoffs 6 times in 11 years and finishing with point totals of 56, 68, 61, 48, 57, 70, 52, 62, 80, 57, 67, almost getting to the Cup was an enormous relief.

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Favourite Squad: 1993 hands down. Built exactly the way I want hockey teams.

LeastFavourite Squad: Any one of Fergy's team .
Thought the Neiuwendyk/Antro/Pony line was great. Gilmore era was great to watch, favourite players were Almo, Roberts and Salming.

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It has to be the 1992/93 team. The sheer excitement of that playoff run dwarfs anything we've seen since, for me, including '98 and '02. The team had an identity, the series were off the charts exciting (the Borschevsky OT winner, the Gilmour OT wraparound, the McSorley/Wendel thing, Gretzky breaking our hearts)...

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Favourite Team: 2001-2002 + 1998-99 (So close to the cup finals)

Least Favourite Team: 2005-06 Team (The first year in our 4 years of failed seasons)

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Favorite: 1992-93. No surprise, I've written a novel's worth about that team.

Least favorite: 2007-08. Another awful team, and the trade deadline fiasco just perfectly captured the sense of laziness and entitlement that marked the JFJ/Maurice era.

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Thought the Neiuwendyk/Antro/Pony line was great. Gilmore era was great to watch, favourite players were Almo, Roberts and Salming.
Quinn's teams (pre lockout) were all a close 2nd to that 93 squad. I enjoyed watching them all.

Burkey is hoping to recapture that type of team and I for one can't wait.

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Favourite Squad: 1993 hands down. Built exactly the way I want hockey teams.

Least Favourite Squad: Any one of Fergy's team.
Exactly what I was going to say.

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Least favorite- post lockout (all of them)
Favorite team- The year with Roberts-McCauley duo

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