Toronto Maple Leafs: Past Mistakes Explain Why They’re So Screwed Now

December 28th, 2010 by Erik Paul Leave a reply »
Leafs Nation is growing weary of the Maple Leafs' constant struggles over the past six (or 44) years.

But just how drastically different should things have turned out?

Hindsight is 20-20. Looking at recent decisions does not suggest that Leafs' management should have been perfect and built the best dynasty in sports history, but rather only a few key issues have killed the Leafs and their future.

The biggest problem, by far, has been the trade culture of the Leafs in the last few years. When the Leafs thought they were semi-contenders, like in the early-to-mid 2000s, they traded away first round picks three times (2003, 2004, 2007) and second rounders five times.

They never acquired a single first round pick, except when flipping first round positions.

When it came to trade deadline day and entry draft day, if the Leafs thought they had a even the smallest chance to make the playoffs, they dumped off high draft picks for aging veterans with little left in the tank.

However, when the Leafs have been in the position of power and had the aging veterans that other teams coveted, they've refused to make the moves fo ...

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