Are The Leafs Mathematically Eliminated From Playoff Contention Yet?

Toronto Maple Leafs

Like sand through the hour glass, so are the days of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Okay, maybe that didn’t make a whole lot of sense from one perspective, but if you read more into the lead than just the words, you’ll understand what it means.  If you don’t, I’ll help you out. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a modern day sporting soap opera.  There are problems up and down this organization, from the ownership group – which is about as torn apart as a t-shirt found in an 18-pack of beer, to the general manager and coaching staff and then the team itself.

This team is a joke.  Plain and simple, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the laughing stock of the NHL because there just isn’t any hockey sense within the organization.  John Ferguson Jr., the general manager of the most despised sports team in Canada, doesn’t know how to run a winning hockey club.  He uses more money than he does brains by signing players that just aren’t good enough to win.  The Leafs haven’t drafted well in the past few years and then they go out and sign guys that are tier two NHL players.

Next to Mats Sundin, who has been the only consistent contributor to a dismal hockey club, the Leafs biggest offensive threat is Nik Antropov.  You expect to make the playoffs or win in the playoffs with Antropov as your second or third go-to-guy. 

The defence isn’t worth dragging through the dirt, which we have done enough on this website, but they’re not a good enough defensive corps to be successful.

This team is simply horrible.  They are dysfunctional, they look more for a quick-fix solution rather than a substantial decision that will change the team for the better.  It is impossible to just sign a whole bunch of players with no real purpose or reason other than ‘they produced at a slightly above average rate during other parts of their career,’ and expect them to win.  The New York Rangers did that and they were the laughing stock of the NHL in the late 90’s and early part of this decade.

The worst part of the ridiculous problems with the Toronto Maple Leafs?  We, meaning the majority of the Canadian populace that, despite what CBC believes, hate the Maple Leafs and yet every Saturday at 4 p.m. we are subjected to watching the most boring and pointless brand of NHL hockey. 

Does the CBC not realize that there are at least 10 other better hockey games being played in the NHL at 4 p.m. on Saturday that they could fill the schedule with? 

To sum up this whole rant, I’ll just say this:  The Leafs are a horrible example of a hockey team, yet there they are on Saturday night, Hockey Night in Canada, for our entertainment because someone at the CBC thinks that they are worth watching despite what a horrible hockey team they are right now.

Having said that, I beg the question.  Are the Leafs mathematically eliminated from playoff contention yet?

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12 Responses

  1. The Toronto Maple Leafs are a modern day sporting soap opera. There are problems up and down this organization, from the ownership group -which is about as torn apart as a t-shirt found in an 18-pack of beer, to the general manager and coaching staff and then the team itself.

    You see, that’s just the thing: This paragraph shows that they aren’t a joke.

    The sad truth is, soap opera is exactly the feel they’re going for. Soap operas sell. Having second-tier players sells. Avoiding rebuilding as long as possible, no matter how long it ensures you won’t have a Cup, sells.

    Other franchises wish they could be the Leafs for precisely that reason. They have more than capacity every game, though they haven’t iced a considerable team since the 90s.

    It’s a shame that the sport is more business than sport now. But it is, and that’s the way it works. Why does CBC air TO? Because everyone BUT the people who love the sport are always excited to watch. But there are more half-hearted fans out there than diehards, so it’s a necessary evil if you follow marketing logic.

    So, in response to your ultimate question, it doesn’t really matter if Toronto’s eliminated from the playoffs yet; They’ll keep on winning the game that counts!

  2. […] my fellow TSC writer Cam Tucker wrote about the failures of this franchise so far this season. Today, the president of the team, Richard Peddie, […]

  3. See I disagree, I would be much happier if the fans in this country were subjected to GOOD hockey. Take Ottawa or Montreal and put them in the spotlight on Saturday night.

    The CBC is a public broadcasting corporation, not the bitch of the Toronto Maple Leafs, therefor they should be inclined to give viewers across the country and not just one specific region the opportunity to do so. Screw the argument of Satellite hook ups or whatever to get other games because people can’t always afford that. If the CBC is a public broadcasting corporation, why does 98% of the countries televisions have the Maple Leafs on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET?

    The Leafs don’t sell. The Leafs sell out and sooner rather than later, fans will abondon this team and franchise.

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