And that’s a wrap

And that’s a wrap

Photo: Getty Images via NHL.com

So ends the three-week nightmare that derailed a promising 2014 Leaf playoff bid. So begins weeks of soul searching while the real teams compete for the Cup in those playoff contests the Leafs teased us with last May.

The Leafs finished up the year with a 38-36-8 for 84 points. They had 80 points 28 days ago with 14 games remaining. That’s remarkable in a disgusting kind of way.

The Maple Leafs didn’t even do a good job faking half an effort tonight. Pretty sure the team in White didn’t cross the red line in the first three minutes of the third period. There was under two minutes to go and the Leafs killed like 15 seconds behind their own net.

A Leafs jersey was thrown onto the ice. Dave Nonis wasn’t even watching the game as far as I could tell.

We should probably acknowledge it’s at least possible Brendan Shanahan’s first directive as President was to secure the eighth overall draft pick. If so, it’s the first thing the Leafs have done right since beating the Los Angeles Kings.

We should also acknowledge rookie debutant Petter Granberg’s effort, who played well defensively and moved the puck well in his 12 minutes of ice.

For the bits I watched, I was mostly thinking: For whom is this the last ever game in a Leafs jersey?

Not technically wearing a jersey, but it’s almost definitely the last of Randy Carlyle, whose face looked flushed from stress a la Brian Burke during the 18-wheeler crash: 2012 edition. I wouldn’t expect him to be summarily dismissed without a little while to review and look into options, but forget your opinion on the guy for now; objectively, it’s impossible to picture the Leafs bringing him back with the way this has played out.

James Reimer seems like another sure bet and is the saddest to see go, if it happens. This was the fitting final chapter of Reimer’s Toronto tenure if so — a great effort with little support from the team in front of him.

Indeed.

How about the futures of Cody Franson? Nikolai Kulemin? Jay McClement? They’re among the soon-to-be free agents.

There’s also the possibility the Leafs go for a ‘core’ shakeup and move a big name and contract we aren’t fully expecting.

There’s tonnes of questions to be answered in the days and months ahead. We’ll get into our usual exhaustive analysis of the season that was and the off season to come starting next week. Falling apart and really meaning it does have the added benefit of a pretty good draft pick, and the 8th overall pick is something to rest some hope on tonight.

For now, thanks to everyone at Maple Leafs Hot Stove who stuck it out with us through thick and thin. There are few sports fans as loyal as the Leaf supporter and few Leafs supporters as diehard as those frequenting this website day in, day out, particularly during dire times like these.

1828 comments
Great Dane
Great Dane

I do hope that today will bring some positive news about the utterly failure of the Leafs.


It it important that management recognize that the problems are not related to injuries, bad luck or a single player not performing.


There is something completely wrong with the way the Leafs: Play, how they are coached, their attitude, etc, etc.

We have about 5-6 core players that pulled this team almost into the play-offs with coaching and the rest of the players being bad to plain and simple awful.

You can't get into the play-off with two stretches like: 30 games 4 wins and 14 games two wins. 

Leiweke, Shanahan and Nonis need to recognize this and identify those 5 and may 6 players and build around them.

My core is:    Kessel, JVR, Rielly, Kadri, Gardiner and Bernier 

 

4evrblue
4evrblue

livefyre is being a fucker today. I'm out. Have a good one folks

NotTheCanucksnaphook
NotTheCanucksnaphook

if only we could have a meaningless press conference today...gee that would be swell.

mcloki
mcloki

Morning gents. MB,BB, the cast of regulars on the Summer School tour of MLHS. It's going to be a long, long summer.

Today is Festivus for Leafs fans,

It starts with the airing of grievances and then moves on to a recital of how the Leafs have disappointed us this year.

For me it's easy,

This year they left me with no hope for a better tomorrow, just endless tinkering.

Jordan29
Jordan29

Reimer+Gunnarsson+Holland+pick/Prospect

FOR

Myers+Foligno

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Interesting that the picturee above shows 3 players who are almost certainly not going to be on the 2014-2015 version of the Leafs.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Read yesterday the Sabres may make Marcus Foligno available for a trade.  Wouldn't sell the farm for him, but he is the kind of hard nosed player the Leafs should invest in. 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Welcome to Annual Excuse Day for the Leafs folks 

DylanJ
DylanJ

Apply Paretos Principle to this team: What is the 20% contributing to our successes, and what 20% are hampering us most?


+

Kessel, Bernier, Reilly, Bozak, JVR



-

Franson, Phaneuf (unless another minute-munching/ great defenceman is brought in to help shoulder the load - he'd play better without the C perhaps too), Reimer (too much drama).  The other two are debatable.... I'd say Orr and Raymond

Then the POINT would be not only to wipe out the bad seeds, but to then sacrifice some middle of the pack players (ie Lupul, Gunnarson, Kulemin, etc) and prospect/pick combo for some legit defense. Let Reilly and Gardiner develop alongside that, with or without Phaneuf. Phaneuf's a good player but its clear now he doesn't command as much respect as most captains from their teams


Then we just gotta hope Clarkson wakes up this summer



Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@4evrblue   Later Blue,  here is my monday, we are getting about an inch of snow tonight, going from 18 to neg 2.  I may just right of the week

4evrblue
4evrblue

@mcloki I'd love to air my grievances:

RC - Play the fuckin kids you dick!!!!

DC - Stop with the fuckin crazy eyes and just play the fuckin game you dick!!!!

CF - Stop playin like a pussy you dick!!

DP - Turn the fuckin music down so the dressing room can hear Randy explain his system you dick!!!

NK - Shoot the puck you dick!!!

DN - Do something to make this team better already you dick!!!!


Thats all for now, I feel better :)

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@mcloki  Hhahha, Nice one MC, Yes this ending is different, as this leafs team left us with more questions then hope :)

mcloki
mcloki

I was trying to avert my gaze during the entire free skate that was Saturdays game.

BPsotka
BPsotka

@DylanJ  Phaneuf should have coached better. I understand.

rustynail
rustynail

@Keeon  I suspect they will say absolutely nothing of substance

mcloki
mcloki

There, there let it all out. Take two beere and you should start to feel better by draft day.

mcloki
mcloki

Shanny will blah, blush, blah us about career years and potential and nothing will change.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@mcloki   I did not watch, I could not cheer to lose :) So I ignored the game. And now I dont have to feel guilty about our 8th over all pick :)

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@rustynail @Keeon  Kinda expect Nonis will get grilled pretty good but we will see if any of these journo's have the guts to ask tough questions face to face 

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Keeon i just assumed Phook had never watched a game of hockey in his life.

4evrblue
4evrblue

@mcloki   Thanks for the opportunity mcloki. I needed that bad :)

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@mcloki   Dallas got Nushcichyn or what ever at 9, man thats a good player, I wonder if Jake Virtenan is as good as the right ups, Sucks though wont be a 1C at 8 so we get a winger or a Fluery another D man

mcloki
mcloki

I don't feel guilty. I'm just pissed that it's not a deep draft.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Burtonboy @MaxwellHowe  


This is all you need to See out of Garrioch guys, so you will never read another of his articles by mistake


the Panthers wants results and Tallon could come under the microscope as the off-season gets underway. Here’s an idea if the the owners want to give Tallon a little help: Bring in Doug MacLean as president. He makes his home in the area and has knowledge of the market.


Doug Maclean, hahhahahhhahhahahhahhahhahhah

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@MaxwellHowe @sniperstar @Burtonboy  Given the style the Sabres seem intent on playing I see Foligno as a piece they want to keep a lot more then they would want to trade . They are looking to offload the Leino's of the world not their decent young talent 

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@sniperstar @MaxwellHowe @Burtonboy yeah but in 5 years the Sabres are gonna be paying out to RFAs like Zadorov and Ristolinen and Girgensons and (probably) Sam Bennett, etc etc, etc.   I doubt the Sabres would make a any great effort to unload him, but I can see how they might be in a mood to pile up more picks and prospects.