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.
Asked how he would feel if this were how it ended in Toronto, Reimer said: "Really sad."
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) April 13, 2014
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.
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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
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.
Interesting that the picturee above shows 3 players who are almost certainly not going to be on the 2014-2015 version of the Leafs.
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.
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
@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
@NotTheCanucksnaphook That should make it allllllll better
@mcloki Hhahha, Nice one MC, Yes this ending is different, as this leafs team left us with more questions then hope :)
@Jordan29 where is the thumbs down?
@MaxwellHowe Nice bottom six player. Don't see Buffalo letting him go to be honest
@Burtonboy more like empty apologies and promises week
@DylanJ Phaneuf should have coached better. I understand.
@Tim Horton I'm surprised by the number of people wanting to trade Lupul. Seems like a sell-low kind of moment for a 30-year-old.
@Keeon I suspect they will say absolutely nothing of substance
@Keeon you will have to do it for both of us. I dont have cable.
@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 :)
He is a RFA. I think the Sabres may be in McDavid or bust mode. Makes sense. They are piling up the prospects and picks all at once - might as well make it a 5-7 year rebuild.
@Keeon i just assumed Phook had never watched a game of hockey in his life.
@Keeon I have Center Ice package. (had)
@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
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.
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@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.