BT’s 10 Bold (Or Not So Bold) 2010-11 NHL Predictions: The Toronto Maple Leafs

October 13th, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a team that typically enters a season with pretty high expectations.

Usually, those expectations are, sometimes unrealistically, piled on to the team by the fans and media.

Now while fanbases around the league argue that the Leafs' fans are some of the most difficult to put up with, most of them have gotten better in recent years, coming to the sobering realization that in a cap-controlled world, money can't buy happiness—at least not all the time.

The Leafs are still prone to some questionable moves (like paying $3 million for Colby Armstrong), but for the most part, they've done pretty well at rebuilding this franchise.

The young guys are coming along well, and some low-key signings (like Tyler Bozak, for one) could turn out to really benefit the Leafs. Along with that, scouring the globe for talent that wasn't prevalent during draft years (Brayden Irwin and Marcel Mueller) could lead to a few success stories, while Greg McKegg is looking like a steal this year in the OHL.

It may have been a hybrid of a rebuild, but the Leafs look to be going somewhere, much to the delight of their fans. ...

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