Forget the Call-Ups, Toronto Maple Leafs’ Veterans Finally Taking Charge

December 8th, 2009 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

The season started out as a disaster for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Long losing streaks, terrible play both offensively and defensively, and fans crying out for the team to call up players from the Marlies to add some life to a pathetic looking roster.

And as the losing continued and the veterans on the team continued to struggle, fans wondered if the season was lost right from the beginning.

But then something strange happened.

After a dismal five-game losing streak, and the playoffs looking more out of reach by the day, something clicked within the team and the veterans started to step up their game.

The Leafs have won six of their last nine games, including three of their last four, as they find themselves sitting a mere five points out of a playoff spot—a blessing, considering where the team has been.

So, instead of Brian Burke sticking to his promise of sending struggling players down to the minors to send a stern message, he has be ...

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