The Miami heat with their current roster, the New York Yankees are hated franchises. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in many ways the team that hockey fans love to hate the most. We Leaf fans are a targeted bunch as a result. I mean the Cubs and Cub fans are the loveable losers right? The Leafs and Leaf nation? Not so much.
So with the team having imploded it’s no surprise that the media having smelled blood are going for the jugular. In their defense it’s hard to defend the team all that well. The record speaks for itself.
The Burke hating Toronto Sun is in full force right now and if this current trend continues at least Leaf fans will be amused by the Suns musings the rest of the way.
“For all the supposed front office talent the Leafs have, they have misidentified and overpaid players time and time again, putting the overall structure in a salary capped league in difficulty.
The financial commitments to Connolly, to defenceman Mike Komisarek, to winger Colby Armstrong, to defencemen Luke Schenn and John Michael-Liles, and earlier to defenceman Francois Beaucheim — was a whopping $70.7 million in long term contracts. Almost all of it was misspent, although no one could have predicted Armstrong’s run of injuries which has rendered him marginal, and has put the Leafs in cap constraints going forward.”
That from Steve Simmons.
Those beats are only going to get louder.
“Well, with the club having fallen into a deep crevice that already threatens to affect next year, as new coach Randy Carlyle is already finding his record stained by this troop of players, Burke has now fallen upon decision time for his signature player.
Fish or cut bait time. And cutting bait makes the most sense.”
That from Damien Cox.
I had the same conversation with LT today. I don’t blame Kessel at all. The guy has done a ton with next to no supporting cast. Having said that wouldn’t you say he is the right guy at the wrong time. If the Leafs really were 1-2 players away then there is no way you’d consider dealing him. Under the current circumstances one has to wonder why he would stick around when his deal is done.
Greg Brady on the Fan has stated earlier that if the Leafs didn’t make the playoffs Burke should be fired.
This is only the beginning Leafs fans.
So, the Score story won’t go away. On a no name basis here are the jobs that were eliminated yesterday:
Web editor, creator/writer
Sounds like a company wide (what’s left anyways) meeting was held today. the gist of which was updates every :28 and :58, more live things, most shows cancelled. However the rumor is that they will launch a new show when Tim and Sid is on TV.
I am told that advertising demand for the Blue Jays across all verticals is off the charts. There is real optimism in the advertising world that the team is on the right track. I wonder how much the Leafs destruction has lead to this.
I am working on the radio ratings for the last quarter. Should have them soon.
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