Perfect But For Phil Kessel

Maple Leafs would be ecstatic but for that whole September 18th trade. While alarm bells shouldn’t be sounding after 5 games (they should be blarring) the fact that the Maple Leafs have no where to go but up should be music to us Maple Leaf fans. I mean so many times we have been told the only way to improve is to shit the bed- literally- finish dead last and get the top pick. Problem is, we never had the right person at the top to assemble the right combination of talent to get us to the bottom. Cliff and Brian did too well last year and we didn’t get to the bottom. Like many years prior bad simply wasn’t bad enough.

Now, however, 5 games in Leaf fans it looks like we may just have the right group. These guys are, without a doubt the worst group the Leafs have assembled in a long time. No, 5 games does not a season make. However these first 5 have been preeeeeeeeeeety telling. Let’s see, the forwards can’t score, and they can’t come back to take a pass or help the d. The d, they, for lack of a better word Ssssssssuck. No really, they suck. Ian friggin White is the best of a bad bunch right now. In net?????? baaaaaaaaaaaaah The bright side is that this could be a good draft year…


We did what with our first round pack????????

So, what’s a coach and GM to do? I mean where do you turn?????

Cox suggested demoting Toskala and Blake to save some big $. Ok, let’s say for a second we are going to do that. Who or what are you going to spend that money on???? Personally I don’t think Blake has been in the bottom half of the forwards in terms of performance. I know Wilson benched him tonight, but he appears to be the only guy forechecking. Who do you bring up from the Marlies???? Those offense powerhouses Hanson and Bozak??????? They are kids. The answers have to lie in that locker room. The coaches have to find a way to reach this guys. There really is no other way. Unless there are some real hidden gems who have yet to be signed that I am not aware of this group is it. Burke has dealt the first round picks for this year and next. The young kids aren’t worth moving. The answer is currently on a plane likely freaking out. It’s a long season and Burke and Wilson should support the bunch they went with. If this continues for long then, as a friend used to say- throw a bomb in to the room.

It is amazing though how are perspective has changed due to one day when one trade was made. If Burke doesn’t make that deal the level of panic is dialed way down- except at all the local media outlets where wait till next year wouldn’t be good for ratings. With the picks gone, the negative tone of the media will continue to carry the day. Wait for all the i told you so’s in the paper tomorrow.


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October 12, 2009 11:29 pm

You may be right that the answer has to be in the room…not sure… but it can’t be up to Wilson. This is where a vet leader needs to chime in…but who? Mats? Shanny? Chelios?? They’re available 🙂

October 13, 2009 2:33 am

Bozak and Hanson are both closer to 24 than 23,not exactly kids in NHL terms.I expected a low scoring tight defensive team, with lots of 2-1, 3-2 scores.While it’s far too early to write the obituary for this squad,the signs are less than promising.Kessel must be feeling the pressure mount.

October 13, 2009 8:05 am

@Eggbert…I agree. Bozak and Hanson (along with Stalberg) are young but old enough to be able to deal with this and, will provide some of the hunger that some of our vets don’t seem to have. But I stand firm on the need for a vetern leader in the dressing room to settle these guys down and show the way…a Gary Roberts or Shanahan type….people follow leaders…amazing how that works.

I’m not writing this off yet – the names on the back of the shirts on the backend are too good to be this bad. As for Schenn…hopefully he’s simply suffering from the same “disease” that many sophomores go through and will be just fine. I’d reduce his ice time and remind him that we don’t need him to be the savior out there – keep it simple and continue to learn.

October 13, 2009 9:07 am

i respectfully disagree. bozak, hanson, and yes…kadri, deserve to be on this roster. are they young and inexperienced? heck yes! however, i’d rather be watching kids working hard for the team i cheer for, rather than watching the likes of stajan, poni, and blake mail it in.

October 13, 2009 10:13 am

Gee Kessel hasn’t played a game and you are going with this line of crap.

October 13, 2009 12:43 pm

Actually, when you consider Stalberg and Kadri were the pre season scoring leaders,(and sparkplugs) not to mention Bozak, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by the regular season drop off.Mike Cammalleri in hindsight sure looks like he would have been a better investment than Beauchemin right about now

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