Toronto Maple Leafs: Leafs Nation Let’s Face It, the Leafs Stink

December 9th, 2010 by Brad LeClair Leave a reply »
Outclassed, outworked and outplayed. These three common words have been used to describe the Leafs play pretty much since the start of the season. Coming into the season with mixed previews, some experts had this team as high as seventh in the conference, while others had them as low as 15th in the conference.

This season there was a certain aroma surrounding the team, and it wasn't the aroma you get when you leave raw chicken in a garbage bin for far too long. It was an aroma of optimism, maybe of some light at the end of the tunnel in some Leaf fans minds.

Having gained 26 points in the final 20 games of the season last year—a total if they average it out over the course of an 82-game schedule, the Leafs were looking at about 105 points over the course of those games.

Optimism was gaining steam heading into training camp. The Leafs were much stronger in goal, acquired some good forwards with offensive talent, had a good separation of top six and bottom six, but lastly, they went into the year with a full year of Dion Phaneuf and Mike Komisarek on defence—both were expected to be top four quality players heading into t ...

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