The Focus on Leafs Nation


It finally happened

John Ferguson Jr. took the walk off the plank as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ ownership relieved the former Leafs general manager of his duties.

The worst kept secret in the world of sports finally came out, and of course, no one was surprised.  Today, TSN’s Off The Record focused their entire show on the former general manager and the hiring of Cliff Fletcher as the interim general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Just more proof that Toronto really does think they are the center of the hockey universe.  The Leafs are 14th in the Eastern Conference and sit seven points out of eighth and final playoff spot in the east.  The Leafs have been a joke, from the way they went public with the entire saga of JFJ, to the constant media coverage and nauseatingly similar stories of their woes and the fact they can’t buy a win, to the personnel they have on the ice.   Plain and simple, the Leafs are a bad hockey team.  There’s no other way around it.  They have no speed, no chemistry, lackluster goaltending, an inconsistent defence, and with the teams in the east, they have no chance of making the playoffs.

I am writing them off.  That being said, let’s talk about something else that doesn’t have to do with the Toronto Maple Leafs.


You have to feel bad for the Atlanta Thrashers right now.  The Thrashers organization will be hosting the 2008 NHL All-Star game this weekend, but unfortunately, some of the game’s biggest stars like Sidney Crosby and Roberto Luongo will not make the big game.

Crosby, the poster boy for the NHL’s new era, will be out six to eight weeks with a high ankle sprain.  As much of a blow as it is to the All-Star game, just think of how this is going to impact the Pittsburgh Penguins as they head into the stretch.  Last year’s leading scorer in the NHL will be back in time for the Pen’s march to the playoffs, and you can bet that he will come back with even more fire due to missing so much time to injury.  If anything, this injury will help rest the phenom as the Penguins go into the playoffs and he will definitely be ready to go come the middle of April.

Luongo, who has been average the last six games for the Vancouver Canucks, is flying home to Florida after tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple’s first child.  You have to give Luongo some credit here.  His play of late has not been spectacular compared to what we are used to from the man who was traded here for Todd Bertuzzi in the summer of 2006.  The man wants to be with his family during what is a trying time for the young family.  It just goes to show that no matter how big of a star some people rise up to be in professional sports, some of them still have their priorities in order.

However, in accordance with Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault and his challenge that he offered to Luongo yesterday, the Canucks franchise goalie has to be better.  It’s no secret that he has to carry this team if it has any chance to win the Stanley Cup.

Are the Leafs still in 14th? 


3 Responses

  1. HABS INSIDE.OUT site wants Toronto out of the league, as well as western teams with no class.

  2. Habs inside/out site is having a Leafs out of theleague weekend, all are welcome, but Toronto fans are not as we dont want to catch ” loseritis”.

  3. I don’t get it. Leafs management has always been a joke. The problem is on top. The top now goes and fires all the middle managers when the source of the problem is themselves. It’s the structure. They are only interested in operating a successful (profitable) company. Winning has no bearing as long as the seats stay full. Any sports franchise will only win if the owner is driven to win. A committee will never have the same passion for winning as a single driven man. Sorry Toronto fans but it will be more of the same. More mediocore teams for a long time to come.
    Bruce from Hockey Equipment

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