Why the Toronto Maple Leafs Should Be Optimistic After 1st Quarter of 2014-15

November 24th, 2014 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

The previous nine days for the Maple Leafs are likely ones few people in Toronto will ever forget.

There were highs (wins against Tampa Bay and Detroit), lows (beatings by Buffalo and Nashville), lower lows (a fan tossing a jersey on the ice), the lowest of lows (people on Twitter harassing April Reimer, wife of goaltender James Reimer) and stupidity (the Leafs' choice not to salute fans after a win and Phil Kessel's blowing off a reporter after losing to the Sabres).

Cathal Kelly of The Globe and Mail wrote a scathing piece, using phrases like "while the team pops seams" and "scorched the earth" while asking for team president Brendan Shanahan to get out in front of this disastrous team.

Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star said in the wake of the blowout losses to the Sabres and Predators that Shanahan was facing "the first crisis of his career" as Leafs president.

Those two pieces seem to encapsulate the feelings of Leafs fans as a whole: Pessimism and dread abound as every Leafs season lately plays out like a sadder version of the movie Groundhog Day. It's funny when Bill Murray is jumping off buildings or dro ...

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