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Harsh Reality For Maple Leaf Nation

October 25th, 2009 | by torontosportsmedia

Your never as good as your last win or as bad as your last loss, or so the addage goes. I guess for the Toronto Maple Leafs, your never as good as your last loss or as bad as your last brutal loss is more appropriate.

Winless in 8. Don’t know of anyone who called that as a start but it’s about the finish any ways right?

We have heard lots of interesting theories since this season became one big losing streak, too many penalties, too many exhibition games, not enough practices, too much pressure… And of course shitty goaltending.

The predictions from most prognastercaters was that the leafs would finish anywhere from 12th to 6th. I say again most. Brian Burke improved the back end, Toskala and Gustavsson would be a better tandum, some skill guys like a few college kids and a GM with some brains should keep them sniffing around the playoffs.

Perhaps it’s time we look at the harsh reality that maybe, just maybe these guys just aren’t very good. Now that’s not to suggest that they are 0 and 8 bad, but perhaps they are just not all that anyone really thought they were.

I know it’s still kind of early. Not much is usually relevant until games in the 15-20 mark, but perhaps the team is getting the performances out of individuals that’s to be expected. Maybe not quite this bad, but not as some had fircasted either.

So no they won’t go winless all season, but maybe just maybe Ron Wilson was right, maybe it is going to get worse before it gets any better. Maybe the sooner we accept this team for what it is the better off well be.

TSM

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5 Comments

  1. Scott says:

    The worst part is that if they really are this bad they’re not even going to get a crack at a good draft pick. I don’t think they’re as bad as they appear right now, but they’re bad enough to finish in the bottom five.
    Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the Phil Kessel trade ruined the immediate future for this club in one.

  2. holden_cox says:

    “Maybe the sooner we accept this team for what it is the better off well be.”
    It’d be a lot easier to swallow that pill if the Messiah hadnt traded their 1st round pick.
    Also, how pathetic is it now that everyone is giving them credit for Saturdays game because they ‘tried so hard!” Even Damien is going easy on them! All of a sudden it time for Kids Gloves around these poor Leafs. we still lost but boy did they give their best! here’s a medal!

  3. torontosportsmedia says:

    Like I said, they just aren’t very talented. I don’t have a problem with trading a number one for Kessel. The problem is trading multiple #1′s when your team isn’t very good! As for the commentary- what else besides “they still stuck” is left to say”????

  4. kidkawartha says:

    Well, I think we’re starting to see the defensive promise that Burke brought gelling finally- it will get better and better. And we’re not even close to having seen what the Monster can do on the big stage.
    I’d bet my left pinkie Burke is thinking night and day on how to bring a top-5 offence to Toronto (which is how we came to acquire Kessel).
    I’ve said it elsewhere, but when this team fully gels, we’re going to forget this start in a hurry. Not that we’re Cup winners, but we’re waaaaaaaaaaaay better than our record.

  5. Gerhard says:

    The pathetic thing is that the Leafs are out of the playoffs unless they can play over .620 hockey for the rest of the season. The last four seasons Leafs fans claimed they were “better than our record” but isn’t it more likely Leafs fans chronically over-rate the team?

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